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14th May 2002, 09:08 AM
When i used to have riding lessons we would always do a couple of jumps a lesson but every time when approaching the jump the instructors would always call out KICK just before the jump. i tried my hardest to kick or at least nudge the pony but every time i did i'd lose my balance or a stirrup and never be quite right over the jump. after loads of failed attempts i just rode at the jump (& didn't kick), balanced my self and let the pony get on with it and i was never out of balance and we'd always clear the jump.
what is the correct way and how do you stay balanced when trying to kick and get in the jumping position at the same time?
14th May 2002, 11:32 AM
I make sure I make any adjustments to pace well before the jump, then keep my legs on, but, as you said, I let the horse get on with it once we're at the jump. I think it's unhelpful for the horse to distract him by kicking at the time he's supposed to jump. Sounds like you've found out already that it's better to sit quietly as you jump and easier to stay balanced that way!
14th May 2002, 03:47 PM
Don't kick! Too many people think that you need to boot the horse to make him jump when really you don't. You need an energetic approach, a quiet take-off and in-the-air, and a bit of collection on the landing and getaway.
A jump consists of 5 stages:
*Approach: Sit quietly, legs on, reins still and in contact with the horse's mouth, look where you want to go, aim for the middle of the jump.
*Take-off: keep legs still, fold forwards at the waist, move hands forward with the pull of the horse's head, keep head up and continue looking where you want to end up.
*In-the-air: keep balanced, don't move.
*Landing: start returning to upright position, keep legs still, head stays up.
*Getaway: back to full upright position, sit quietly, legs on, reins still and in contact, and focus on your next task (be it another jump, or a change in direction/speed).
Hope this helps. Just remember, your position isn't vital - just make sure to remain in balance, and to give with your hands. :D
14th May 2002, 06:35 PM
It sounds maybe as though when you kick or nidge on instead of moving your legs into the horse you bring them back, causing your heel to go up and then you lose the stirrups ! ( i should know this is one of my bad habits!!)
Im a major wimp when it comes to jumping and i go to pieces even if its only a tiny jump (could explain why i like dressage so much...) but keep remembering "heels down heels down" and nudge on. It helps keep your balance too when you collapse onto your poor ponies neck on the landind... or maybe thats just me?!?! :D
Hope this helps!
18th May 2002, 05:11 PM
... unless you have to! i try to make my adjustments before i get withen three strides of a jump (than i could those three strides, three, two, one jump) if i need to i kick, if i need to i will halfhalt before a jump. if you don't need to kick than why kick? its best to try and let a horse flow to a jump (only touch if you need to adjust something).
if i am on a horse who is being a 'brat' about jumping i DON'T let him stop/runout or rush a jump the horse is doing it my way sometimes i will have to boot a horse over or even slow up and take it from a walk....
don't kick unless you have to... let the horse worry about jumping, you just get him to it at the right takeoff.
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