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In my jumping lessons the instructor gets us to go into a light seat when we are jumping, but I always find this makes me jump ahead, I cannot find the rhythm when I'm not sitting to the canter! I also have an issue with corners when in a light seat, it's as though the horses know my leg isn't strong enough in that position and they take advantage and cut the corners.

I wanted some tips on riding better in a light seat, because my instructor is an incredible rider of 30 years, and I trust that she is teaching me the correct way to learn to jump, I just only had one jump go nice and smoothly today and I'm a bit annoyed at myself for it.

Even if I do sit when jumping my part loan horse by myself :p

Tips and exercises to created stronger legs too?

Thanks :)
 

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Stay in two point forever, well, at least until you are stronger. Work on the flat in two point, work over poles in two point. When you are jumping in a light seat you don't really need to move except for releasing, that you should always do. Just work on doing it a lot and get those legs strong.
 

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I did the same thing when jumping from a held two-point position..my instructor used to say I was trying to help the horse over the fence :). What she told me and had me visualize is that when releasing when you are already in two-point (or at any time actually), push your horse away with your hands. It will help keep your balance over the center of the saddle and keep you from jumping ahead.
 

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Jumping ahead can be a painful experience and I have the separated shoulder to prove it.

My instructor is an eventer and she insists on jumping from a three point position (sitting the canter) and just slightly folding at the waist. Not listening to her on one jump cost me dearly.

Since I do not plan on ever showing hunters, where the two point seat is what the judges want to see over fences, I am in not much of a hurry to learn that style.

I can two point at the gallop just fine.....
 

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I did the same thing when jumping from a held two-point position..my instructor used to say I was trying to help the horse over the fence :). What she told me and had me visualize is that when releasing when you are already in two-point (or at any time actually), push your horse away with your hands. It will help keep your balance over the center of the saddle and keep you from jumping ahead.
This makes more sense than what I normally see show hunters do which is throwing themselves on the horse's neck.
 

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I did the same thing when jumping from a held two-point position..my instructor used to say I was trying to help the horse over the fence :). What she told me and had me visualize is that when releasing when you are already in two-point (or at any time actually), push your horse away with your hands. It will help keep your balance over the center of the saddle and keep you from jumping ahead.
Ok great, will try that :) I will also try holding my two-point over trot poles, when cantering on hacks, anytime I get the chance! :)
 
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