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post #11 of 23 Old 06-23-2015, 02:17 AM
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As said, the first jump was smother than the second, there is a reason for this and that is because the rail on the floor (ground rail) is the wrong side of the jump. You should always jump from the side the ground rail is if it is set forward of the jump.

So, if you are going to jump from the other side, the chairs need to be turned the other way so if he does knock the rail it slides off the arms.
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Is this his first time jumping as well? Either way, I'd say lower those quite a bit. Think very tiny x-rail. If you start him over heights like you are, and neither of you have perfected it at a much lower level, you will teach him to anticipate the jump and I can guartuntee you that somebody will end up hurt. I'm not saying falls won't happen regardless, but you really need to start at basics and take your time - I cannot stress that enough.

In the second picture his legs are under him. You need to take him to basics (ground poles) and teach him gradually to lift his legs over the pole. When you do start over fences (correctly) set up ground poles before the fence/at the fence.

I'm not going to mention your position, because once he has the proper training and form O/F yours will come too. =)
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Honestly fiddling around over poles amd tiny cross rails does very little for a roder to actually learn how to swing.

The horse hasn't jumped well in the second picture which I have little doubt is caused by the ground pole being on the wrong side giving him a false take off point.
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I have a few more pictures from today. Teddy has done PC and competed up to a 1m, i'm the learner on board hahah. In the second pic i believe he also jumped the chair so it looks so awkward!
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Ok, now what I am going to say is safety first!

The rail of the jump should be able to fall if he knocks it. As you have it, the chairs would also be brought down if he did. Chairs are not exactly the safest stands!

You are not doing to badly, you are gripping up with your lower leg, which turns your toes out.

Try when you forst get on and during your riding, putting your hand under your thigh from behind and pull everything to the back, this puts you thigh flat on the saddle so your knee and toe are forward pointing.

It looks as if you are going into the fence a tad to fast and he is taking off to far away and over stretching. The 2nd picture he is in the right take off point but being lazy over it.

You need to have a good instructor, some decent poles and something to set up good grids to help you both.
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You guys look much better in the second round of pictures! =) He's very cute, what breed?

Okay, so sounds like he does have experience jumping. For you at this point, I'd say get a feel over some x-rails. I know his experience is there, and yours will come. For now just learn to "feel" his stride and jump. I'd also say to shorter your stirrups O/F as is does look like your heal has come up in the pictures - a little hard for me to tell in these photos as a direct side view would help, but I'd say shorten maybe 2 holes? Someone correct me if my eyes are playing tricks haha.

Your release is not bad by any means, but since you are so new to jumping you could very easily catch him in the mouth on your landing (x-rails can help before bigger fences), but a couple strides before the fence I'd suggest placing your hands and grabbing mane where your release should be, keep them there until after the fence.

Overall you guys look like you're on your way to being a great pair O/F! Would love to see some videos as he looks like a really cute jumper =)
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I'll be sure to take some videos next time! I think i'm gripping with my calf and turning my toe out becase of the the long stirrups, so i'll pop them up. Teddy is what is called a 'stationbred' - i'm from New Zealand so a stationbred has a lot of Clydie blood and the rest can be anything from TB to Welsh, and it's anyone's guess haha. Teddy is a full height pony too, so hes compact haha heres a better shot
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I'll be sure to take some videos next time! I think i'm gripping with my calf and turning my toe out becase of the the long stirrups, so i'll pop them up. Teddy is what is called a 'stationbred' - i'm from New Zealand so a stationbred has a lot of Clydie blood and the rest can be anything from TB to Welsh, and it's anyone's guess haha. Teddy is a full height pony too, so hes compact haha heres a better shot
He's lovely! That's what I am hoping my next horse to look like ;) I've got a smaller version of him, less stocky but not super typy either, she's 13.2h - she's Welara, so welshxarab. I also have a moose of a TB mare, who's also fairly stocky, so TBxWelsh or something of the sort would be my ideal horse.
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First comment: STOP wearing those boots. Get riding boots or muck boots. Those boots are very dangerous.

Second: First photo is okay, but you need to keep your elbows in and try not to over bend yourself. Next photo is not great of teh horse, but your elbows are better. Still too bent though, remember that when jumping you are always trying to stay upright and balanced in the saddle so that on landing we don't tip forwrd.
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post #20 of 23 Old 06-25-2015, 10:47 PM
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I'd like to help but I'm pretty new to jumping to. Gotta say though, your pretty gutsy to be jumping that height as a newbie. my first "jump" was a pole raised on bricks lol. keep practicing! :)
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