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post #1 of 20 Old 07-31-2013, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Another jumping critique thread...

It was a 2'9 clinic that focused on short corners and tight turns, just curious to hear what you guys think we should be working on.
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post #2 of 20 Old 07-31-2013, 10:28 PM
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My only real critique would be: I would like to see a bit more release.

Your first picture is the best. Your leg is solid, you're giving an appropriate auto release, and you can see your horse is comfortable with the whole thing by his ears being forward and keen to the next fence. I like that your back is flat, your leg remains at a nice position at the girth, your heel down, and always looking to your next fence. Very nice.
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I got nothin'. I'll take you position any day.

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I agree. A little more release, but other than that, you look good !

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I agree with needing to give more of a release. Also, while your heels look good, your toes seem too jammed outward. Try to keep them pointing forward. Otherwise, you guys look really good!
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Toes in, a tiny bit more release, and give me your eq so that I can have it too

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Agh! It's funny because the last time I posted a critique thread I was berated for having too much release but we've been working on keeping connection and starting to achieve an auto release so we're getting there... slowly.
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I disagree about the release 100% You are following through nicely with your hands and maintaining a light contact with your pony's mouth.
Your basic position is good however, your toes are turning out which puts the back of your calf on the horse's side. It also takes your knee away from the saddle. (there should be no grease on the seam of your boots) An exercise you can do to aid this is when you get on and several times during a ride, put your hand under your thigh from behind and pull everything to the back. This puts your thigh flat on the saddle, knee in close contact and toe forward. It will feel strange to start but then becomes natural.
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Thank you, Foxhunter. I was hoping for some sort of exercise suggestion to come out of this thread I should probably jump back on the 'no stirrup work' band wagon too but I've been seriously neglecting that...

I would be curious to see what some others think about my release as well... we've come from


and Jackson definitely wasn't happy with the zero contact, we had lots of problems over and after fences. He's a much much happier horse having some connection over the jumps.
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Agreed on more release. Work on keeping your toes more forward during your flat work. It's a bad habit to accidentally spur your horse. The world's best jumpers do NOT interfere with their horse after the takeoff.
Your eyes forward and following the line to the next jump. =D

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