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    03-25-2011, 01:44 AM
Critique! Cross Country

This was my mare's first time jumping down into water. Just let me know how I rode it/how I could improve/etc.

Much appreciated! Thanks!

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    03-25-2011, 01:58 AM
Hahahaha! Where's MIE??? This is pretty cute. My horse would literally tell me to go jump the water my own darn self.... HEAD FIRST!! I suppose I would only say... and this is just my own opinion from the feeling I get from the vid.... as I don't ride X-Country... so I have no ACTUAL training on such things... I would simply say that you both don't look like you have a whole lot of conviction about that question. Like, you're not sure... and neither is your pony.
    03-25-2011, 02:04 AM
Here's another's a few clips from the schooling. It also shows her second time down the bank. I thought I had this video on the original post...oops.

    03-25-2011, 02:13 AM
I am here! Lol. I really don't venture much into the "Critique" section anymore.

I thought you did a great job remaining quite, calm, generous and persistant. Great job!

Does your saddle fit you? It appears to me, that you keep getting shoved towards the back of your saddle, and you seem "floppy" in your tack. You shouldn't be that far back in your saddle.
    03-25-2011, 02:16 AM
It's brand new, like less than a week old. I'm still getting used to it.
    03-25-2011, 02:22 AM
Yay for the second vid!!! You both are oh so brave!
    03-25-2011, 11:39 AM
Great videos !

The one thing I wanted to point out, is make sure you are not leaning back before your horse jumps down the bank. The current 'down bank' technique being taught is to treat the take off for the bank just like a jump, and only start leaning back when the horse straightens out their front legs to land. It is not as important on a bank this size, but you want to get used to it for when they start getting bigger !! Nice job =]
    03-25-2011, 12:16 PM
Thanks! MY trainer is always yelling at me for that, but she wasn't able to make it so my bad habits snuck back, I guess
    03-25-2011, 12:35 PM
Hmmmm - your saddle properly fits you? I ask because you appear to be "floppy" and unbalanced in your tack at times. I do notice that your seat gets put quite far back in your saddle, and your legs get ahead of you.

I suggest you work a lot on 2 point - getting those legs solid and under you, getting the weight in your heels. Learn to balance over your feet and solidify yourself so you will be more "solid" more "secure" and not so "floppy".

You should be more centered in your saddle.
    03-27-2011, 07:35 PM
I'd like to see you grabbing some mane or using a crest release so you don't hit your horse in the mouth when you get bounced around. You don't want to accidentally punish him for doing the right thing.

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