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    02-06-2011, 01:30 PM
Criique my horse and I jumping 3'3 :)

Here is a pic of us jumping 3'6:
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    02-06-2011, 03:28 PM
Looks like your leg is sliding back and pushing you out of the sadle to much. You are doing a great job of sitting back and waiting for your jump.
    02-06-2011, 03:38 PM
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I think you did magnificently. Really nice horse and you take your time and the horse is really together. You look a little stiff between jumps and I wonder if you couldn't breate and let yourself down into the saddle a tiny bit between jumps. I mean it's just my uneducated eyes. I thought you looked really good.
    02-06-2011, 05:26 PM
First of all, I must say that if you only do the jumpers, you have fantastic equitation roots compared to alot of the local jumpers where I'm from. Of course a great foundation is key to success. I'm not seeing your leg slide back very much and I'm also not really seeing you jumping too far out of the saddle but that's just my impression. The only thing I see is over your first 2-3 jumps you are touching down with the back of the saddle as your horse goes over/lands from the jump which could cause a rail down from the hind end. The rest of your course does not show it.

But, other than that small mistake you have very fluent form and you can really ride a 3'6" course, you have a great eye. Your horse is also very enthusiastic and you seem to have a good way of managing his/her enthusiasm and really minimizing it. Great ride and congratulations on doing 3'6"!
    02-06-2011, 05:31 PM
Overall, I think you did a pretty good job. The only thing that bothers me is that you get really far out of the saddle as the horse is taking off at some of the jumps. Pause the video at frame 0:25 and you'll see what I mean. Relax and wait for the horse to push you out of the saddle. Over the fences you look good, you're back is arched a little too much for my taste but you are keeping your heels down, your lower leg stays in a steady position and you have good control of your horse. :)
    02-06-2011, 07:21 PM
I'm assuming all of the pictures on your Flikr photosteam are of you (I'm not great at crit. Based on videos.) so if they're not, then obviously ignore what I'm saying, hah.
It looks like you're jumping ahead. You can really see this in this picture (gavin, flower and bird paintings 193 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!) Your crotch should be behind the pommel of the saddle. You're also laying on his neck a bit, so you could try sitting up a tad. (I know the laying on your horse's neck is a huge thing right now, especially in the hunter/jumper world. It always drives me crazy for some reason though.)

The other thing that really stood out to me, is your release. You definitely aren't bumping your horse in the mouth, which is fantastic, but I think you could work on an automatic release. I have a thread on here about working on automatic releases, and I got some really great advice, so if you want to read through it I can get the link for you. Anyways, if you slide your hands down a few inches on your horses neck, you'll still be giving him all the freedom he needs to jump but it'll look much cleaner.

You could also sink the weight down into your heels a little more, which might help you stay off your horse's neck. Overall, you look like a great rider. And your horse is beautiful

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