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8/12/09 3:53 A

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Well lucky for you I am English! Ok if it's just jumping you are having trouble with then you need to shorten your stirrups 2 to 3 holes from your flat length and practice your jumping position as much as you can bare! a lot of people brace themselves against the horses neck, even I used to at the beggining. What I did was bridged the reins over the horses neck so if I did brace myself I did not pull the horse in the mouth, because at the end of the day that is the only thing that will put the horse off jumping, not you bouncing everywhere!On the flat work without stirrups is a good way of enhancing your independant seat. Another way is when you are in the saddle, put your feet in the stirrups, have someone on the ground, slowly start to tilt your body back and get the person on the ground to tell you when you are sitting straight. You will find that it feels like you are leaning back and not sitting straight.That will help you keep your bottom in the saddle.

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8/18/08 2:03 P

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SM, the main thing is to have a good leg - weight in your heels, and a good balance. You should practice riding on the flat a lot in half-seat - don't brace your hands on the neck during practice, and you don't need to bend over really either, just get your butt up off the saddle and maintain that straight line - elbow to bit - rein, and practice that balance and it will also strengthen your leg. Do this at the trot and canter.

Are you taking lessons? If not, that would be invaluable.

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8/18/08 12:39 P

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Have you tried ride without stirrups! Do walk,trot and canter then when comfortable very low jumps. The big secret is keep your heels down. I recommend "Centered Riding by Sally Swift" It's a great book, very helpful!!

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8/18/08 2:27 A

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So ive been back in the saddle now for five months and im having a blast.I am now learning english so any advice would be nice. Ive been jumping as high as 2'6". I have a hard time figuring out how to land so that im not bracing myself on the horses neck. I think i have it figured out now i just have to make myself sit up as soon as im over the jump. My other problem is just keeping my happy butt in the saddle lol. I have fallen off four times now but nothing too serious. This is just different for me and i know that given time i will get the hang of it. So if you can give me some tips i would highly appreciate it. Thanks everyone. emoticon

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