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post #1 of 12 Old 01-02-2011, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Horse & Rider Jumping

This is me on my 9 year old Saddlebred/Quarter Pony mare, Leia jumping 2'6" Critique us both please :) If you could also point out where we look best, thanks :) oh and only critique the bay pony, but critique me on everything ;)
















Also, I have weak tendons around my ankles/heels area and I'm working on strengthening them so its hard to keep my heels down, but I'm working on it! I also have had quite a few injuries around my ankles because they're weak and I'm recovering from a recent one. Sooo that's why my heels are poop in some of these.

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-02-2011, 11:17 PM
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Well, I am not a jumper but I can tell you have good form. You seem to stay really nicely centered over the horse's changing center of gravity (as he jumps). You are not jumping ahead, except in the last photo, I think.
Your leg looks tight and the horse appears confident to carry you. The bay is cute as a kitten!
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You have very nice form. Time to move up to automatic release. There's a slight roach in your back, but that might be your sweatshirt. I love your bay too, but then I'm extremely biased.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Haha yea I love her :) And thanks! And the last one is on this tb gelding that's REALLY hard to jump... idk why but he is. That's why I added the pic of him to see how well I did.

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You are jump ahead in many of the photos. Your hips should not be up over the front of your saddle.
You are also too far out of the saddle. Scary coming from me (who likes her stirrups short) but are your stirrups too short?
You mentioned your lack of flexion in your heels. Getting your weight more into your heels will help some.
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I've been working on stretching my heels but they usually hurt to keep down in the beginning of my ride. I used to have to ride in a wrap or something to keep it from hurting, but its getting better. Thanks for the critique! And the stirrups may be short, but I don't think so cause my trainer checks them.

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**** you stink! Jaykay love you really(: You need to work on putting your heels down! And leia looks amazzzing


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I agree with some other previous post....your stirrups are too short! You're perched up ontop of the horse, which is why you look like you're coming too far out of your saddle from a back shot. In some pictures you're behind the motion of the horse, and not releasing enough. You have a nice lower leg though. I think just dropping your stirrups a little bit will help alleviate most of your eq problems.
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I'll drop them this weekend and see if it helps any ;)

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I agree about the stirrups, definitely drop them a hole!
As for your ankles, I can understand with past injuries the difficulty you have. I find standing on the bottom step of a staircase and stretch your heels down (best to hold onto something!!) until you feel the tension, then holding it for a bit, is a really good exercise to get more flexibility and strength in your ankles.
Once you have your strength back, I would like to see you drop your weight into your stirrups, stretching your heel down and wrapping your calves around your horse's barrel. That should help you with keeping your *booty* over the seat of the saddle, and avoid jumping ahead.

I also noticed your shoulders rounded in most of the photos, so really work on stretching your shoulder blades down and opening your chest up.
Your release is effective and I really like that you have enough core strength to hold a steady upper body!
Overall very nice! A few things to work on but they are mostly strength related so it's up to you to get working out!
Good luck :)


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