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post #11 of 30 Old 07-22-2010, 06:36 PM
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I can tell you are pinching with your knee by looking at your lower leg. Your calf looks a little loose, and when you go over the jump you rotate slightly off your knee. Not bad, but it is there a little bit. When you rotate off your knee, this shows that you are pinching at your knee.
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post #12 of 30 Old 07-22-2010, 07:07 PM
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wow, that is one awesome hunter pony you've got there! does he have an auto swap? i could't tell... anyway, you look horseshow flawless, except for when youre in the canter, i would sit down a bit more. aside from that, i would love to steal you pony and your equitation!

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post #13 of 30 Old 07-23-2010, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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wow, that is one awesome hunter pony you've got there! does he have an auto swap? i could't tell... anyway, you look horseshow flawless, except for when youre in the canter, i would sit down a bit more. aside from that, i would love to steal you pony and your equitation!
thank you so much 888vegas! you made my day! and shes supposed to be an eq pony because im an eq rider but i had to do hunter because in ct there is no pre childrens eq final at the year end show! ): and her lead is acctually easy to get on one side(not auto though) and from anther side you haqve to nag and basically twist both yours and her body in a circle! and thanks! i LOVE her so much<3 shes perfect for me except for her problem with getting into a frame ): and I am OBSESSED beyond beliefe wih my equitation so im glad you think its good! i watch about 20 maclay rounds on youtube a day! lol!

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post #14 of 30 Old 07-25-2010, 10:20 PM
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My biggest piece of advice: RELAX!!! Relax your back, relax your legs, relax your shoulders, relax your arms and move with your horse.

You are arching your back in - you want a straight, flat back, not a concave one. You're jabbing your heels down way too far, relax, and let your lower leg move just a little - it's actually supposed to make small circles in keeping with the canter (learned that at a Dorothy Crowell clinic, so that's advice straight from the Olympics there!) Also, toes in!

Now, I know that a lot of the things I mentioned above are considered the hunter norm. The perching is just your "half seat". Well, perching is not riding, it's just sitting, no, scratch that, standing in your stirrups, and looking pretty. A lot of people on here have told me "judges love [my] back", etc. Again, that's the hunter world for you. If you want to be a real RIDER, and not just someone looking pretty, soften everything. Let yourself relax, jumping is fun, so just enjoy it!

And I know you don't want to hear this, but...YOUR PONY IS SO CUTE!!! (sorry, she's too cute, I couldn't resist. LOL)
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post #15 of 30 Old 07-25-2010, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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hahah thats okay! lol as long as its not the only thing you say then its fine! lol and (not trying to make excuses) but it looks exteremly akward if you sit the canter on Jill because you basically have to slouch or lean forward ALOTT. i havent met anyone yet who can sit her canter and not look like they are having a seizure( no exageration). lol and the heels are part of me turning my toes out i think because when my knees are straight they barely go down but when they are in they can touch the jummps sometimes! and how would you suggest relaxing? because i can never feel if im tense and i get tenser if iacctually tryyy relaxing for a reason which i dont know... for example if i relax my shoulders when riding it makes my chest close up and i cant breathe too easily ):

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post #16 of 30 Old 08-22-2010, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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post #17 of 30 Old 08-23-2010, 07:13 PM
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All I've got to add has nothing to do with the actual jumps. In almost every corner, your horse is not looking in the direction he's traveling. I'd love to see some more active riding in those areas to get the proper flexion and keep your horse "straight". Corners are your best place to rebalance your horse. It will help tons when you're jumping larger fences.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #18 of 30 Old 08-23-2010, 08:45 PM
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You could use your corners a bit more because some of them didnt look smooth. Also, try to get your pony to the center of the fence. To get leads over the fences, you could always try a small opening rein to which ever side you need....as well as looking slightly to which way you want to go. You do a wonderful job of looking to where your jumps are though!
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post #19 of 30 Old 08-23-2010, 09:15 PM
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While I like your pony and your equitation is OK, i would like to see your seat a bit closer to your saddle. I am seeing way too much air under your half seat.

Secondly, I have a pet peeve about horses that are constantly counterflexed going around turns. It keeps the horse from being fluid and properly balanced. If you ever want to do some jumpers, you will need to bone up on your dressage and learn how to properly bend your horse in the turns. Otherwise, as they make a tight turn (counterflexed) they will not see the jump until it is too late.
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post #20 of 30 Old 08-25-2010, 05:01 PM
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That is one cute pony...hehe... :)
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