Any tips to remember when riding my first jumper course?
I find watching really good riders is good for me. Cause I'm a very visual learner.Excellent advice, upnover!
I recommend watching as many riders as you can while waiting for your turn; you can see what they do and monitor tough spots.
Yeah I'm not so much worried about that because thats a big part of our training already. She can do shoulder in & out, leg yields,halfpass,haunches in, and such. So she gets a pretty good work out right now were working on collecting and lengthening. So yeah making her rideable and adjustable.I'm not really nervous I'm just thinking like idk what things i should do like should wear like since most of the people around me wear polo shirts for jumpers. And like what tips for remembering the courses. Which you covered. First and foremost I just want it to be a positive experience for my horse this wiill be her first time showing in jumpers too. She loves it.Welcome back Trissicar!
If I remember correctly you do mainly hunters, right?
At the lower levels it's really not too different from jumping an intricate eq course. Although I ride my jumpers a little differently then I ride my hunters. I get them more on their haunch (less long and low) and ride them right up to the base of the jump so they can power over.
When it comes to remembering courses the main difference is that you shouldn't try to remember by saying, outside, diagonal, outside etc like you would a hunter round. You need to start memorizing each jump by the number. That's jump one, that's jump two, etc. when the jump off comes around then you can just remember, it's jump 4, 2, 5, 3, 1. You'll also need to remember how many strides are in between each jump. Always walk your course so you know how each jump will ride, and that helps me remember the course. I know several people who bring notebooks with them on the course walk so they can write everything down.
DON'T worry about speed when you first start! My absolute biggest pet peeve are those maniacs to just run around as fast as they can. believe me, when the jumps get bigger it will bite them in the butt. You get speed from making tighter turns, jumping at an angle, etc. So on the flat you want to get your horse as rideable as possible. flatwork, flatwork, flatwork!
Thanx JDI! Good examples.
I've been told your not supposed to wear white breeches unless you've been in a grand prix.
Yeah I don't quite 'get' tables. I mean I know your jumpoff usualy is very similar to your first course but shorter. But yeah but yeah I've always wondered about that. :think:Explain please? :hug:another bit of info I'll add to the mix... know your tables!! (Table II Section 2(B) and such) It makes it much easier to remember when and how to ride your jump off! If you aren't sure what I mean let me know and I'll clarify which table is which.