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post #1 of 5 Old 08-26-2009, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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After a two month break, critique?

After I had a two month break (same with the horse, Junior). Just wanted to know how im doing and what I still need to work on. Im determinded to get better eq.
Please mind that I don't normally ride Junior, and when I do I normally SUCK on him. I also found out why NordicJuniper was having problems with her slipping leg. It's her saddle, it doesnt put you in the proper position and it causes your leg to slip.

^^See what I mean about the saddle. I was doing what I could do keep my leg in the right place and normally it would be in the proper spot.

Anyways, thank you to everyone who replies! I do need to help, as you can see, so please critique!
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-26-2009, 04:56 AM
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Your stirrups are too short. Even though you are jumping, at that height its not really needed to get out of the saddle over jumps, its more freeing their back a little and letting them have their head but its not throwing away the reins!

Its important to ride in a contact, and even if you are trying to get him to stretch out you still maintain a light contact. Its important for a horse when doing circles and jump to have clear commands and a rein to sort of balance on a little.

Imagine trotting along and your rein is bouncing around a little, he's getting commands but you are not giving them. Hold a steady contact but don't pull at his mouth, there should still be a contact over jumps, move with his head rather than giving him rein.

Also over one of the jumps your foot had slipped quite far into the stirrup - remember to keep it on the ball of your foot. Stirrup length may help with this too.

Drop your stirrups. It will improve your seat as well. Also sit back, you are leaning forward. Sorry if I don't sound too positive, there are of course positives but I just don't point them out...hope I helped.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-26-2009, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Saskia!

Yeah, I have always had super light hands, my dressage trainer was laughing at me for it. That is a big one I need to work on (just like my ucky elbows!)
I tend to keep my stirrups short, dont know why, but I feel most cofortable then. I need to find a good length that looks better that I can ride in. I dont like jumping with super lond stirrups because then I end up attacking my horse (haha) and I get in their way.
And yes, I really do need to drop my stirrups. I used to every time my old lease mare was behaving, but Junior is a bit choppy for my liking. But next time I ride, I will drop them and do like ten minutes of walk/trot!

Anyone else? I know I need all the help I can get! :]
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-26-2009, 01:20 PM
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Stirrups Are 2 Short Reins 2 Long
Is The Saddle In The Right Place? My Leg Used 2 Be Lyk That On My HOrse So We Got The Saddler Out And Turns Out My Saddle Was 2 Far 4ward Causing My Leg 2 Slip Back!
Good Idea Starting Just Gradually Lengthing Your Stirrups In walk And Trot! I Did That And Now I Ride Lyk A Dressage Rider But Im More Secure In The Saddle:)
Hope This Is Ok 4 Youu!
The Top Picture Is Me Jumping Before I Lenghted The Stirrups
The Bottom 1 Is After Lenghtning Them And I Felt A Lot More Secure!
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-26-2009, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Lauren.

I just dont want to lengthen them to long because I dont like having a super long leg. Do you think one or two holes would look okay? Im still working on my heels, and once they are really far down it will make my leg a lot longer.

Anyone else?! :]
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