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post #1 of 14 Old 01-26-2020, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question Different ways to balance when jumping

I´ve been having trouble balancing in the saddle when going over a jump (first year trying) I know i am on the correct diagonal and i have my feet where they should be, but I don´t understand I keep falling forwards once I land........ Any Advice..... Thanks!
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Probably because you are ahead of the movement going into the fence.

Have grids set up with bounce strides and do them without stirrups. From that put a knot in your reins and do grids without stirrups and reins.

How high are you jumping and a video would help.
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Are you riding in an arena on a curved line or are you just riding straight lines? Trotting not cantering up to the jumps? You should be slightly rising into a jump position so riding diagonals I don't see effecting your jump. Maybe it was just automatic. I don't remember. But I haven't seen anyone here coaching diagonals when jumping but then again the students don't jump until they are well grounded in the basics. Correct lead when cantering a course so your horse is ready for the next jump, they do.
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A video would really help. "Falling forward" could describe a number of things with different causes.


The most fool-proof way is the get into your two-point well ahead of the fence, once you are straight and your horse has their eye on the fence, reach forward and grab mane. Stay still over the fence, you will already be where you need to be. Hold the two-point and mane for a couple strides after.



If you can't hold your two point on the approach to the fence, stop jumping and work on your strength and balance first.
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Probably because you are ahead of the movement going into the fence.

Have grids set up with bounce strides and do them without stirrups. From that put a knot in your reins and do grids without stirrups and reins.

How high are you jumping and a video would help.
I jumped 2ft the first go round. And I suren willn post a video later today
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A video would really help. "Falling forward" could describe a number of things with different causes.


The most fool-proof way is the get into your two-point well ahead of the fence, once you are straight and your horse has their eye on the fence, reach forward and grab mane. Stay still over the fence, you will already be where you need to be. Hold the two-point and mane for a couple strides after.



If you can't hold your two point on the approach to the fence, stop jumping and work on your strength and balance first.

alright i will sure do that!! I do need to work more on balance, I heard that riding bareback helps
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Here is a picture of me doing cross-country this was actually when I fell onto Tequila´s neck after
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I agree with @ApuetsoT , doing more riding in two-point first would help.

Are you posting the trot going into the jumps and cantering out? I only do very low jumps / high raised poles. They are the height that a horse could trot over them if it really concentrated on lifting its legs, or it could jump them. I only post the trot if I want the horse to trot over them and keep trotting. I get into two-point if I want the horse to jump them. I think posting into a jump would be really hard and might tend to get you off balance.

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I agree with @ApuetsoT , doing more riding in two-point first would help.

Are you posting the trot going into the jumps and cantering out? I only do very low jumps / high raised poles. They are the height that a horse could trot over them if it really concentrated on lifting its legs, or it could jump them. I only post the trot if I want the horse to trot over them and keep trotting. I get into two-point if I want the horse to jump them. I think posting into a jump would be really hard and might tend to get you off balance.
I canter in and out the jumps. I only have problems when i canter , trotting i have no problems
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Ah, OK, then you meant you are on the correct lead (canter), not the correct diagonal (only used for posting trot). Makes sense now.

I still think doing more general riding and flatwork in two-point would help build those muscles. One of my instructors is known for rushing people along faster than they want to go, but even she makes people spend months doing flatwork in two-point before she lets them do even low jumps.
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