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post #1 of 7 Old 08-08-2010, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Critique away ! (Jumping)

You can be as harsh as you can. I want to fix myself for the upcoming show!

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-08-2010, 02:03 PM
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Bravo on your position in that second jump. If you pause it at 11 seconds, you're almost perfect. If I had to dissect it, and I will because I'm stuck here at work for another 10 hours while all my friends are out riding, I'd say leg is actually a hair forward, you butt is perfect and just enough out of the saddle to free up your horse's back. Your back is a nano-tad slouched not even to point of mentioning. Release is adequate but you're hands are floating over his neck. If you're going to use a crest release, I believe your hands should be in contact with his neck.

The 3'0" pic is a little less pretty. At 14 seconds, you're jumping ahead a little, pinching with your knee and lower leg is coming back a little as a result of the knee. Looks like your horse has a strong jump which I'm sure comes into play.

I think you might be able to improve his jarring jump with some dressage training. While your position is secure, he's a little flat and strung out when he's cantering to the fence. Dressage would go a long way toward him being able to balance himself better, his canter would be more round and bouncy and his overall jump would just feel better.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-08-2010, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm thanks for that. How can I work on my release? The thing is my coach has encouraged me to really reach up there because she wants him to stretch out. How about his head? Is it a little low? Is there any way I can fix anything else?
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If you google pictures of crest release, you'll see that the hands are planted along side the top of the horse's neck. It's supposed to provide a base of support for your upper body. In those pics, you look advanced enough to me to where you could start using the automatic release where you would lower your hands about 6 inches to create a more direct line from elbow to bit. Your release is fine in that is frees up your horse more than enough to do his job. It's just, if you're going to be showing in any class that judges the rider's form, they're not going to want to see your hands floating over his neck.

I'm not sure what you mean by your horse's head being too low. He's just a little strung out to begin with. If you can collect his canter a bit, it would just make him a more balanced horse overall. Just put a little time into the flat work between the fence. You've already got the jumping part down.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-08-2010, 04:45 PM
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In the first video if you pause at 0:14 it looks like your jumping ahead and jumping UP rather than keeping your shoulders back and more or less folding your body over. With your release just think about gluing your arms to your horses neck and following his/her mouth rather than throwing your hands at him/her. With your leg just think about pushing your heels down and working on getting your leg to the girth. It doesn't look to bad at 0:14 but as you go over the jump it looks like you get thrown behind a bit.

In the second video at 0:11 I would say all the same things. Though in this video you look like your right with the motion of the jump! Just work on your leg and release

Love your horse, he/she is gorgeous! Good luck at the show!

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-08-2010, 06:10 PM
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what are you showing in ?

although your position looks ok & you are staying on, you look very loose in the tack. if you watch yourself taking off, in the air, & landing your whole leg moves back & forth in the saddle. work on pushing your heels down & strengthening your lower leg to properly secure you in the saddle. the second video didnt work well for me, but in the first one you jumping ahead & standing up in the stirrups. your butt should be fairly close to the saddle. for now i would approach the fence in 2pt so you dont have to adjust your position at all. dispite the fact that you got left behind on landing, your position the stride after was very good.

cute horse btw =]

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-09-2010, 10:41 AM
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From what I can see you throw your hands too far up the horses neck. It kind of looks like you are going to punch his ears. Also your legs are a little wobbly. And you slide back a little in the first video. But other than that your form is nice and straight and you look in control. And I think your horse is really pretty.
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