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    09-08-2010, 10:52 AM
Cantering and jumping critique

Hey I've been working on cantering and jumping for a while now. Check it out and tell me what you think. It's ok to be harsh I can take it. How are my transitions? There is some trotting at the end so please tell me what you think about that.

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    09-08-2010, 11:10 AM
When you are getting your horse to canter you shouldnt be flapping your arms around like you did. You should sit and keep your hands steady. Honestly I don't think you should be jumping yet, your seat is not strong enough to jump. For example it looks like you're posting at the canter, you should sit in the saddle and go with the flow of the horse. Jumping those little cross rails are fine for now, but you shouldn't progress any higher until you get your seat better.

You look good for you level of riding, you just need some more practice.
    09-08-2010, 11:21 AM
I'm standing up at the canter. I can sit to it but my instructor tells me to stand when I jump because it's easier to get over the jumps that way. Ill work on my hands. I only get to ride once a week, I wish I could afford to ride more.
    09-08-2010, 12:23 PM
I could tell from the video that you were trying not to sit into the horses canter and from your comment I assume your trainer is telling you to execute the light seat/half seat.
Your upper body is moving around a lot which is causing your hands to move around too. Focus on not "pumping" your horse forward. For example look at :45-:51. Your kind of pumping your upper body. Keep your upper body steady and use your lower calf to keep the horse going. It's difficult, so don't get discouraged as you work on it.

When you are jumping, I like that you are not getting ahead of your horse. You are staying with him and balanced. I also like your release. Your lower leg swings back slightly a couple times. And your heel comes up. Fix those things and you'll be on your way to higher fences!
    09-08-2010, 12:32 PM
I think your half seat and 2 point on the flat could use some work. Like ErikaLynn said, your seat doesn't seem very secure. Your heels should be down more, and you look like you are slouching in some spots (example 0:25).

Your hands also need a lot of work. When riding on the flat, you should not have your hands so far up the horse's neck. It's like you are never coming back from your jumping release. They are also very bouncy and you don't seem to have good contact with the horse's mouth. You should have a short enough rein that you shouldn't be able to see the reins bouncing up and down.

Also, when turning a corner, your hand should never come out and away from your body like you are "leading" the horse (example 2:03). You should only need to pull back and toward your body... never out.

Overall, I think you look pretty tense the entire time. In general I think your poition over the jumps looks ok, but I agree that you need to work on strengthening your seat before you work on any more jumping. I would suggest doing some cantering without stirrups.
    09-08-2010, 12:37 PM
Your hands should always be ahead of your knees though right? When I canter shouldn't I have a following hand? And how do I strengthen my seat?
    09-08-2010, 12:46 PM
Originally Posted by GuitarChump    
Your hands should always be ahead of your knees though right? When I canter shouldn't I have a following hand? And how do I strengthen my seat?
strengthen your seat by practicing with no stirrups. Also jumping cross rails with no hands helps with balance and feeling the rhythm of the horse. As for your hands you should have a straight line from elbow to bit. And your hands should not be behind the horses withers. Since you move your hands around too much you should practice holding the horses mane, or resting them on his neck..just so you get used to not moving them so much. You should have steady contact with your horses mouth at all times.

I don't want to offend you, but I think you need some work and I don't think you should be jumping at all yet.
    09-08-2010, 12:47 PM
What I have learned is that your hands should be slightly above the withers, just enough that you have a straight line from bit to elbow. And your hands shouldn't be and farther apart than your horses nose width. But don't rest your hands on his withers. And don't use the reins for balance. A good way to test if your using your reins to balance is to take your reins away. Have someone give you a lesson on the lunge line. Knot your reins right about where you would be holding them and then drop them. Two-point, post, and ride in your light seat, all without reins.
My trainer even has me jump without reins sometimes. All these things will help with your seat as well because you have to use your core.

Also a lot of work without stirrups helps the seat and thighs. Two-point and half seat at all different gaits helps as well!

Good luck!
    09-08-2010, 01:10 PM
Thanks. I've been told a lot that I shouldn't be jumping yet. My instructor thinks I should, so I might try a lesson at another barn that's pretty close to my house. I love the barn I go to but sometimes I question their judgment.
    09-08-2010, 01:45 PM
Not being harsh here :) but, I also saw very horrible contact with the horse.... no stirrups will help a lot... It taught me how to ride correctly.... Also bring this up to your trainer because riding bareback might help with strength in the legs and also help with your seat. Heels down, Toes up!!!!! And your elbows should be in line from the elbow to the bit... I agree with everyone you shouldn't be jumping yet and you should really concentrate on not flapping your hands when you are getting ready to go into the canter... I've pretty much went over everything everyone else did. Good luck hun

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