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post #1 of 11 Old 07-18-2013, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Beginner Rider. Critique please!(:

I started Hunter/Jumper lessons on April 24th, 2013. I've got to seven lessons total (eighth lesson is tomorrow *happy dances*--and yes, life got in the way and I had about a month "break" between my sixth and seventh lesson). I've posted some pictures here and there--but of course since they were never in this section of the forum, I never received critique/advice. And what's the best way for improving?(; exactly.

So, I'm aware that as a beginner rider I'm going to have plenty of faults.
Examples:
I occasionally have "piano" hands, heels not quite positioned correctly, etc.
It's not perfect (obviously)--but go ahead and give my constructive criticism and advice for improvement!

These are photos from lessons six and seven.

Note: Do NOT comment on "jumping" this soon. I trust my instructor to know whether I am or am not ready to do specific things. She has the horse's and my safety in mind.

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-18-2013, 01:27 AM
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You look really good for a beginner!

In the 2nd photo your leg looks a bit forward. Maybe you stirrup could go up a notch? I think you're jumping a wee bit ahead in the third photo.

I think tiny jumps are okay to start out with. If you start to feel rushed, be sure to speak up. The danger is so much greater while jumping than on the flat, and there is so much to learn without jumping.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-18-2013, 02:00 AM
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You look good for a beginner :) Well done.

You look (and its hard to tell from the photos) like you are leaning forward - which might be because your stirrups are a touch too long?

You don't want critique on the jumping so I will leave it at that. If you could get some good photos working on the flat we could tell you more :)
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-18-2013, 02:15 AM
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My first impression was that your stirrups are too long, too, particularly for jumping.

But you look to be doing very well! You do need to straighten your back a little more, but nothing jumps out at me as being wrong. I would try putting your stirrups up a little; you'll find it easier to keep your heels down and legs in the right position.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-18-2013, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Firstly I would like to thank everyone for the critiques. I absolutely appreciate it(:
Also, you may critique the jumps, what I meant by the "note" was don't tell
Me that my instructor is rushing things along by having me jump. XD if I felt uncomfortable, she would allow me to slowdown (there have been a couple instances where we have taken a couple steps back). Besides I only jump for about 5 to maybe 10 minutes of the lesson. The rest is all flat work.

Again, thank you all!(:
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 01:58 AM
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Try not to 'brace' yourself on the horses neck so much. On the flat, raise your hands up about an inch. As you are just learning to jump, it is almost impossible not to brace, so just be aware that you are doing it so that you can improve it in the future:)
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-28-2013, 01:17 PM
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Photo 3: No looking down. :)

I also agree that you should put your irons up a hole or two and see how you feel about it.

You've got a little bit of an unfortunate body type for jumping. You're equally as long in the torso as you are in your legs. This is tough to learn how to balance yourself appropriately when jumping. Had you started when you were 5 or 6, it'd be much easier for your body mechanics.... however; since you're learning as an adult rider, then the body mechanics will sometimes get in the way of self preservation. Look at the horses ears in the last three pictures. You can see that they are pretty unsure of what you're doing up there.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-24-2013, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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I had completely forgot about this post. :3 I just wanted to pop in and say thank you to all that commented though! I do appreciate it!
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-24-2013, 06:07 PM
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I would agree that your stirrups look a bit long. Also, work on your release a bit over 'jumps'--it looks like you're bracing against his neck.

Also, (ugh, that word...) I would bring your shoulders back just a titch.

Looking good overall.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-26-2013, 10:43 PM
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You are doing well! Like everyone said, shorter stirrups, don't brace, look up, etc. and I am so jealous, I wish I looked that pretty on horseback!
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