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        08-08-2010, 06:58 PM
    Green Broke
    The "Amazing" One Picture Critique

    I have only one picture of me jumping, and I would like it to be ripped apart and fed to the wolves.

    The only thing I ask is that you don't critique the horse. This is the third time she's ever jumped. She's just a trail Walker, not a hunter.

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        08-08-2010, 07:02 PM
    Not much chum for the wolves. That looks pretty **** good.
        08-08-2010, 07:12 PM
    Agree with MyBoyPuck.

    If we're going to quibble, I'd like to see more weight in your heel/flexion in your ankle. However, your stirrup leather is dead perpendicular and your lower leg is rock solid.

    You base of support is out of the saddle exactly the correct amount, and your back is admirably flat and relaxed and your eye is up and focused ahead.

    While I can't quibble with your release's functionality - your horse has adequate freedom to use it's head and neck - grabbing the mane for your release has made your elbow pop out. The release also shows some tension in your shoulder and arm. I'd like to see you move your hand 1/3 to 1/2 the way up the neck; letting your elbow do the moving and allowing your shoulder to stay up. Catching a bit of the the mane is absolutely fine for an elementary release.

    No, your horse isn't jumping in textbook hunter form; but he's clearly a good do-be who's making an effort. He's safe enough for this low, safely constructed fence; and there's an obvious trust relationship between you and the horse.

    I'm afraid the wolves will have to go to bed hungry.
        08-08-2010, 08:27 PM
    Green Broke
    Wow... I'm not terrible? I'm a little shocked. That picture was taken at a trail challenge, and both me and Amber were uber green over fences. And Amber hates jumping. I remember the five seconds before: "She going to refuse and I'll have to back track and try again... I'm surely not getting a 10 for this one..." We actually got an 8, which made me pretty happy!

    I'll work on my release and flexing my heels. I always release down low for some reason. I'll have to consciously drill it into my head. Halfway up the neck... About half way...
        08-09-2010, 12:16 AM
    Wow, you look pretty good in that shot! I have to agree, the wolves won't be eating well tonight!!! Hahaha
        08-09-2010, 11:59 AM
    Green Broke
    Poor starving wolves... I'll have to show them my lead changes. They'll have plenty to eat!

    Do you all think it would be okay for me to move the height up a bit? I've be jumping the tiniest of tiny cross rails for a while. I think I've been practicing at a foot maximum? I won't be offended at all if you don't think it's a good idea!
        08-09-2010, 12:13 PM
    Given you position in that shot, I would think you could move up...just go slowly, and if you ever feel uncomfortable with how you are positioned, or how the horse is going, then drop it back down for a bit again.
        08-09-2010, 01:09 PM
    I would do gymnastics or grids before moving the height up.

    While safe over a low, safely constructed fence, your horse's form needs to be sharper and tighter before I'd raise fences. He's also standing way back from this fence; which is fine for a trail class, but will get you in trouble over larger fences.
        08-09-2010, 01:16 PM
    Green Broke
    Will her form improve if I keep her at this height? I don't want to sour her more than she already is, or get either of us hurt. Anything I can do to sharpen her up?
        08-09-2010, 01:43 PM
    You look really good! You just need some more weight in your heals, and rest your hands on the neck more

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