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Jumping Position Help

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  • Jumping Position Help

    Hey Everyone!!
    I need some serious help/advice with jumping. The horse I've been riding for 2 years now, lands very hard after jumping. Throughout the years, I've picked up a bad habit of bringing my body up too early (opening my hip angle before he lands). I think I do it subconsciously to prepare for the landing and to not feel like I'm going to pop right off. When I look at videos of me riding, I personally think it looks horrible; taking away from that soft natural look. I really only do it when my horse is strong/ fast or if the jumps are a little bigger. No matter how hard I focus and think about it, it just doesn't happen!! Lately I've been working on grabbing mane and forcing myself to stay closed for a stride or two after the jump, but my body just keeps on coming up!! Any excercises/ advice that would help kill this bad habit?

  • #2
    I'm working on that, too!

    My trainer puts a pole about 6 feet? out from the fence on the landing side and has me make sure I don't open my hip angle back up before we cross the pole. That helps a lot. But of course you have to make a big effort not to look at the pole, and to keep looking straight ahead way out in front. So the pole's just a minor reminder for you mainly as you approach the fence.
    L'in'MAO at the horse world


    • #3
      maybe try a gymnastic or a bounce where you really are forced to stay in kind of a half seat and follow the horse. The other thing that really helped me this past weekend too as I too like to pop right up after the jump is making sure I am looking ahead. Like far, far ahead. I find that when I'm staring down or just slightly ahead I have a greater tendency to pop back. But when I'm planning more ahead, its much easier and relaxed for me. Oh, and making sure I'm doing a proper crest release. It was really bad when I thought that floating hands above the mane was a proper crest release (which, thanks to this board has now been fixed )


      • #4
        Grabbing mane really helps. Also the pole thing... except my trainer didn't use a pole, and had me stay in 2 point for about 3 strides out of the jump. Since I was focused on counting the strides, it was a lot easier to stay in 2 point for some reason...
        Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse



        • Original Poster

          Thanks guys for the advice. I am definitely going to try those tips!!


          • #6
            Work on building your core strength off the horse. Google "Legendary abs" or "Six minute abs" or "synergism abs". You should find a series of about 6 different exercises that don't require a lot of expensive equipment, that REALLY work. Also use free weights and work out your back. Lower back, as well. (Bent leg dead lifts and back exetensions help.)


            • #7
              watch a video of a grand prix and analyze their landing position. It is best to watch the accomplished riders. In a grand prix, jumps are higher and the landing is harder by default and more obvious to the average eye. notice their heels are down and forward a little, to absorb the impact of the landing. this will keep your leg from swinging backward, (as well as a non-gripping knee) so you dont have to use your hands on the neck to support the impact. It is tough to do, i just keep thinking "down and forward, down and forward" on the landing. good luck!


              • Original Poster

                Thanks for the advice! I never thought about the weight things. Also, I've actually been starting to watch videos of BNR's on youtube. Watching them will hopefully help me!