Can you crituqe my student jumping!?

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    04-22-2007, 01:46 AM
Can you crituqe my student jumping!?

We have been going over this for ages but still every now and then she stuff up. Also the saddle was being stupid this day as I had not put it on and it needed fine tuning( only realized this after all photos were taken) but go ahead shoot. (rider only please)theres one of her riding in there too but I got her at a bad angle...

Then just go here:

Then go to riding day...jumping photos.
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    04-22-2007, 02:42 AM
Ok I think the first thing that needs to be done is the stirrup needs to be on the ball of her foot and heels down. I'm sorry that was almost painful to look at. Also I was just wondering is that horse pregnant? If its not then I think its diet time and if it is, that far along in pregnancy a horse shouldn't be jumped.
    04-22-2007, 03:59 AM
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I wouldn't say that the pony looks in foal. It just looks to be one of those breeds that sturdy, hardy and have a barrell belly. I had a shetland that was exactly the same. Admittedly, could do with losing a few kilo's, but I'm sure with work, he/she will get there.
Futolympiceventer327 is right about the stirrups, although on pictures 14 and 17, she looks to have a nice deep seat, back straight with good leg position, and this has made weight go down into her heels. Looks much better.
Only other thing I noticed, is in some pictures she tends to give too much with her reins, on the approach. Some pics she gives less than others.
She definitely looks to be enjoying herself.

Be good to see her riding on the flat if you have any? :)
    04-22-2007, 05:16 AM
Hey what a cute pair I really like the way your rider anticipates the jumping position and with practice she will get her timing right!
There is one thing that sticks out to me is that her feet are to far forward in the stirrup which is affecting her balance on take off and more importantly on landing because she has to use her hands to balance and is jabbing the pony in the mouth. I would consider shortening her stirrups and do some work on her seat like riding on the lunge without reins(hands on hips)to encourage an independent seat. I could post photo's of this with one of my girls if you like, and to work on using the ball of her foot to take her weight on landing.......Keep up the good work and by the way....cute pony! 8)
    04-22-2007, 07:55 PM
I agree with the above.....painful to look at

Was the horse/pony bolting??
    04-22-2007, 08:37 PM
One thing: Pony is NOT pregnant seeings as he is a gelding! He is a shetland pony and is very round and sturdy.

Two:Yes I agree with you saying that her feet are in the wrong places. She does need to work on that

Three: no the pony is not bolting.In some pictures he is refusing to jump because he is a bit of a stubborn one.
    04-22-2007, 08:39 PM
Also I appreciate any helpful photos that I could show her. And im sure this information will do her some good, except im not going to show her the comments where you said she was painful to look at might hurt a 10 year olds feelings...Ill get some flat photos asap
    04-22-2007, 08:44 PM
He may be refusing because of saddle pain. The saddle looks extremely far forward and constrictive of shoulder movement. Just a thought.
    04-22-2007, 09:22 PM
Yer. We do have some problems with the saddle and saddle blanket and we fixed it after all the pictures were taken so lol. But he's just a naturally stubborn pony(sometimes)
    04-23-2007, 01:41 AM
Why would you fix it after riding him as opposed to before?

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