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        02-03-2010, 04:35 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Another Jumping Critique!!! :] :]

    So me and Robbie have been having fantastic leassons lately and I really think it's because my position has become stronger over fences.
    We are jumping around a solid 3'3 and I wanted to get a critique on my position (and Robbie's jumping form) to see if I have improved any!
    From previous critiques you guys have mentioned that I should have my toes turned in over the fences and that I not lay on his neck so much. I have been trying really hard to work on those things and maybe get some feedback if I'm on the right track to getting better eq! :] :] Thanks so much!

    Here is the video of the lesson:
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    And here are stills from that lesson:








    He saved my butt on this one!
         
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        02-03-2010, 05:05 PM
      #2
    Foal
    The last one I think is actually the best one of you two jumping. You're nice and centered over the saddle and your hip angle is great!
         
        02-03-2010, 07:27 PM
      #3
    Foal
    HEHE he looks like he has a very round jump! Pretty boy. Overall I think your position looks very nice and as said above I think your last photo is your best also.
         
        02-04-2010, 09:03 AM
      #4
    Banned
    Very very nice :)
    But shouldn't you point your toes instead of out?

    Beautiful horse I love his color
         
        02-04-2010, 09:21 AM
      #5
    Trained
    Hes such a cutie !!!

    I don't really mind turned out toes....for jumping you use a different part of your leg, so your toes should not be pointed straight forward, but about 45 degrees or a bit less =] I think you guys look really good
         
        02-04-2010, 12:17 PM
      #6
    Foal
    One thing I noticed consistently in those stills is I would personally like to see a smidgen more release so your horse can stretch down and properly utilize his back over the jumps. He looks fantastic already, but while his neck is round, his back is rather flat and he's really having to work to his throw his shoulders over the jump.

    You look like you pitch with your knees which results in not only your toe turing out, but also you entire lower leg. Like a previous poster said, having you toe turned slightly is not necessarily a bad thing while jumping, but you should continue to have consistent contact with your calf. If you can teach you leg to stretch down and around your horses barrel rather than gripping with your knees, you will also find that you leg will be stronger and quieter (so it wouldn't drop behind you while jumping) and support you upper-body more effectively as you are slightly in front of your horses COB making his job that much more difficult.

    Also - watch those piano hands on the flat!

    Other than that, you look like a very solid and confident rider and you horse is gorgeous! Good luck! :)
         
        02-05-2010, 11:42 AM
      #7
    Foal
    You look really good.
    I would just work on giving him a little more release and to help strengthen up your lower leg, some no-stirrup work should help.
         
        02-05-2010, 03:38 PM
      #8
    Foal
    The only problem I'm seeing is your leg looks like it might slip a little back over some of the jumps. Cute horse!
         
        02-09-2010, 12:31 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Thanks for the feedback guys! :] :]

    Saraequestrian -- Thank you! I agree that my position is good in that picture, I just wished my release was a bit better.

    Mare in foal -- Haha, he has a crazy round jump! When I first started riding him I would get jumped out of the saddle over cross-rails! :]

    EventersBabe -- :] Thanks! I'm not sure I get what you mean when you say "But shouldn't you point your toes instead of out"? Maybe you could elaborate? :]

    Gypsygirl -- Hehe, thank you! :] I tend to think he's just a tad bit adorable. See, this is where I get kinda confused..some people say it's okay to have your toes turned out a bit when your jumping, others say straight forward? I find it more comfortable and more effective to point my toes a tad bit out..should I just keep with that?

    Jag6201 -- Thank you for the feedback! :] :] I can totally see that I need more release over the fences. He is trying so hard to round over them but I can see that my tight release is restricting him. He does however, peek a rediculous amount over the jumps, so sometimes my realease is fine, others it's way too tight because he looked down do much haha. I agree with everything you said about my leg, I'm trying to do more no-stirrup work to strenthen my lower leg. Hopefully it'll show in the next bunch of pics to be critiqued. :]
         
        02-09-2010, 02:25 PM
      #10
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by blush    
    So me and Robbie have been having fantastic leassons lately and I really think it's because my position has become stronger over fences.
    We are jumping around a solid 3'3 and I wanted to get a critique on my position (and Robbie's jumping form) to see if I have improved any!
    From previous critiques you guys have mentioned that I should have my toes turned in over the fences and that I not lay on his neck so much. I have been trying really hard to work on those things and maybe get some feedback if I'm on the right track to getting better eq! :] :] Thanks so much!

    Why do you not ask these questions of your instructor? Do you not trust the instruction and feedback you're getting from your instructor, and that's why you feel a need to seek other sources of input? If the former, then our opinions are of no consequence. If the latter, then why have you not switched instructors?

    I've not seen the previous photos so have no means of comparison and thus can only comment on what's presented here:

    The horse reflects his rider. He hangs his knees and looks down in response to a rider who's balance is too far forward from jumping ahead of the horse and who also allows her eyes to look down. The horse also does not stretch and reach over the jump, because his rider restricts him with a hand that fails to follow.

    On a side note: Is that a scarf you are wearing? Please take off whatever you have wrapped around your neck. Wear a turtleneck sweater instead. Should there be an unfortunate accident, I have a very clear visual of you hanging yourself.
         

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