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    Default The Way Jumping Used to Be

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    I bet he had that back rail down.



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    Wow, I guess that would be a really, really wide triple bar? Those guys at Saumur jump some crazy things!

    I think others on COTH have posted pictures of some of the riders there where one guy is jumping his horse through a man's legs (you better hope that horse jumps clean!) and another picture of a rider jumping a single upright pole (as in a very "skinny" skinny). Wish I could find some of those. Impressive, but a little crazy.

    I did see a video online of them long-lining horses over fences. Some of the best longeing I've seen in my life. They would get roll-backs, lead changes, and some lovely jumps all from the ground.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Eventer13 View Post

    I did see a video online of them long-lining horses over fences. Some of the best longeing I've seen in my life. They would get roll-backs, lead changes, and some lovely jumps all from the ground.
    Ooohh where ? You can't just tease us like that. Need a link!



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    Geez, I read in a book somewhere that they thought they had to hold the horse's front end up by pulling back like that

    Dang, that's a huge jump!
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    Look at the bystander in the middle, mirroring the effort.

    I am glad Caprilli came along and taught us to have a forward jumping position, although that horse does show nice bascule, scope and heart there, unlike many ridden like that one is.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federico_Caprilli



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    Quote Originally Posted by OveroHunter View Post
    Geez, I read in a book somewhere that they thought they had to hold the horse's front end up by pulling back like that

    Dang, that's a huge jump!
    The photo is not very clear but looking at it carefully I don't see any abuse of the horse's mouth. The position of his head and neck is right for his point in the arc.

    When I started, there were still a very few who rode the old way and they referred to "picking him up" but what they were really doing but had not developed the nomenclature that we use today, was picking the spot.

    It was more commonly described as "setting" the horse....
    Last edited by cssutton; Oct. 5, 2011 at 02:17 PM.



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    horse = saint
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    Many years ago I read about research done on jumping horses with dummies. It was found that it didn't matter how the rider / dummy sat, as long as they stayed still in relation to the horse. The forward seat was easiest way for a rider to stay still, as opposed to the dummy, which could be set to stay in one position.



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