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post #1 of 8 Old 07-12-2010, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Aston and I

Would love to here your thoughts on Aston and I practicing at home over a course. I always believe in jumping a course or more than 4/5 fences when practicing, as unless you jump in a puissance, its always a course of fences you will be competing over not just one or two. lol

My possition, technique, horses ability and anything else that strikes you. As you can see we dont always get it right, infact far from it, but we are getting to be a much better team. Aston has been very difficut to jump as he is so spooky, hessitant and quick, but the miracle of keeping my legs planted firmly at his sides, lots of practice and confidence gaining has meant that he is now much more easy to ride and far less of a nervous wreck!lol -

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-12-2010, 08:54 PM
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One thing I saw was you were jumping off your toe in about half the pics. That happens a lot when you try to "jump for your horse". (Not saying this is the case, I just see it a lot for that reason) Really sink some weight into those heels, and pull your shoulders back a little. Not bad though. He looked like he left you a little in that last one. He's a cute jumper, he just looks like he jumps a little long sometimes.

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-12-2010, 09:14 PM
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I don't have much input other than I love that uphill canter in the first pic. He's got his hind end under him and using himself very well. Jumping pics, only big thing I see is your rounded shoulders. Open the cabinet and show the girls off.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-13-2010, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Oh it's my awful rolled shoulders, agreed def need to sit up more!
Thank u!

Anything else you guys notice? Any imput is appreciated!
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-13-2010, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Oh I prob am jumping for him, he needs so much encouragement that I'm alway showing him the way! Haha I will work on that too! He jumps things so blooming big I feel like I have to get out of the way, otherwise he hits you real hard with his shoulders on take off!

And yes the one he's jumping far too long on is the second part of a double that we got in long and jumped out even longer, this resulted in a very excited aston taking off with me for a few strides! Haha blessim!
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-13-2010, 01:40 PM
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Wow! He looks like a challenge to ride! Very talented, very tough. That said, it looks like your roaching your back in some pics. Also, your losing your leg in some of the pics. However, I would be doing worse! My girl jumps like clockwork, so I am free to fix my position without worrying. When he settles in, he will be great though!
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-13-2010, 01:48 PM
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I like to critique each photo seperately that way you can read what I say then look for it exactly in each photo :)

1st - You should shorten your reins , even if you have lioght contact on your horse you can still have it with shorter reins . With your reins being so long your hands are too close to the saddle . You should also lift your hands a tad bit to so the horse can be pushed forward and move off the bit.

2nd- Its a little hard to see but you look a little unstable . Really push your weight into your heels for a more stable leg !

3rd-Im having a hard time pointing it out but there is something that is off , you look very balled up in this photo.

4th-It looks asthough you got a little left behind in this photo and that would explain why you are still so far in your seat. You need to push your weight into your heels and try to reach of your horses neck abit more that may be the reason you look at little balled up

7th- abit more of a release it looks in this photo that you are using your horses head to pull yourself into the 2-point. Im sure thats not the case its just what it looks like !

You 2 look great together and it looks like your horse makes a great jumper !
Keep up the good work.

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-13-2010, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both!! Yes I do roach my back terribly. Bad habit from my old horse that was down hill and would pull my whole frame forwards. :-/ def something I know to work on.

Aston is hugely difficult, you never know whether he is really going to go at and over the fence so I do have to ride quite defensively. I'm getting easier on him as he gets more settled and easier to ride, but that said Im still never quite in the right place at the right time, ie either up his neck, left behind etc because he shoots underneath u, left and right then almost stalling to look at the fence, then diving over the fence and running away! Lol
He's a funny boy and getting there but thank you soooo much for the critique! It's nice to hear problems and praise in equal measures!
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