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post #1 of 4 Old 01-17-2011, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Help me with position...

I know my jumping position is rubbish! I never do it right. I either get left behind or go forward to early. So can anyone help me get the right position? When do I start going into two point? How far forward should my hands be? where should my legs be? What should my back be like? Etc...

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-17-2011, 06:13 PM
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See that second pic? That one looks very good other than your heel not being down. Your upper body is just enough out of the saddle to free up your horse's back, and you're releasing your horse's mouth. If you can find that position and take it for a spin over low bounces, either cross rails or low verticals spaced 9' apart, that will help you develop a good muscle/position memory.

Before you start, stand straight up in the stirrups and find your balance to where you don't need to hold onto your horse's neck to stand up. Then, without changing anything from the knee down, almost sit down to where your just hovering over the saddle as you are in that second pic. That's a balanced 1/2 seat. Without changing that position, first practice cantering around like that concentrating on keeping your heels down and lower leg quiet, then do the bounces. Those will help you feel the proper jumping rhythm and help keep you from getting left behind or jumping ahead. They're very fun to do too! Your only job is to maintain your position and release his face over the bounces. Good luck.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-18-2011, 12:28 PM
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Puck pretty much summed it up... You should try mastering your two point on the flat first, then introduce small cross rails. Try to sink the weight down into your heels, too. If you can stabalize your leg, it will help your jumping position and make you more balanced. Look at the 3rd and 4th pictures you posted. You're jumping ahead. Notice how your crotch is over the pommel? It should be back much farther. (I also jump ahead. I have a thread in this section... It might help you to skim through what people suggested for me) Your leg has also slide back. If you can gain some muscle in your leg and keep it at the girth over the jump, it's harder to jump ahead. It looks like when you jump you're just bracing yourself against your feet nad pushing yourself too far forward. If you can keep your leg under you, you won't have as big a problem with jumping ahead. It looks like your hands are in a good spot for these jumps, and you are looking up. So good job with that Overall, I think if you just work on your 2point on the flat and keeping your heels down, you will have a much better position. Good luck :)

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post #4 of 4 Old 01-18-2011, 09:04 PM
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head to the jump in the 3 point then when the horse lifts up you should be in your 2 point.

if not, practice on the flat, (in the correct 2 point) stay in your 2 point and go over a cross rail while staying in it at the whole time. eventually you will know what feels right i had the same problem
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