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post #1 of 7 Old 09-16-2011, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Critique horse and rider jumping

This is my friend Lexi jumping my horse Bella 21"(finally figured out how to get the videos on youtube!) She asked me to get critique of her also since she cannot join herself. The first 2 tries they knocked the rail, any idea what went wrong? The 3rd they made it over.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-16-2011, 07:33 PM
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Honestly not sure what happened in the first vid. I'm suspected too short of a distance and she bumped the fence. The second vid, the rider came back into the saddle much to early and cause your horse to pull a rail behind. If you freeze the last vid, at the same spot in the jump she is still off of her back just a little.

It's hard to critique the horse because the only shot is of the jump. Much of a jump is the set up way out before the jump and how the horse comes off the jump and prepares for what's next. From the short clips your horse looks good, could maybe use some more impulsion, but that's hard to judge. In each vid her knees are not level and some pointing down. You can use a bounce grid to teach her to snap them up.

As for your friend, I think she is grabbing with her knees and pointing her toes down. She isn't jumping ahead which is good but she does have the common habit of ducking. 2'1" does not require a huge effort on the rider's part. She needs to learn to let the jump just close the angle of her hip, not chase the jump.

All and all it's not a bad picture.

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-17-2011, 06:12 AM
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I agree with mudpaint, and I also think the rider needs to sit up and ride without thinking about the jump; the canter needs to be bouncier, with the horse almost bouncing on his hocks and not just going flat to allow him to engage his back end so that he can take off with the correct scope. He's a lovely horse and looks to have some potential!
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Thanks guys, I know nothing about jumping, I'm quite terrified of jumping actually, but Bella loves to jump so we improvise lol. I have NO idea what a bounce grid is. I will be going to the barn tomorrow and my friend Summer, who used to compete in eventing, is meeting me to ride her. She used to help me train Bella when I first starting working with her but we were only working on flat work then. I will get some videos of her riding her. Lexi hasn't been jumping for terribly long and hasn't jumped very high. Oh and I would have videoed more of the approach but I was on a horse and it was hard to get more on tape. I will make sure to get better videos tomorrow Thanks!
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More Videos!

I got a bunch of videos today, and I cannot decide which ones to post, so even tho there are 9 of them most are pretty short so I'll post them all The longest one is the fist one which is almost 3 minutes, then all the rest are pretty short(most less then 30 seconds), the highest she jumped was I think 2 feet(so a little higher then Lexi jumped her) Bella was very speedy in the outdoor and kept throwing her head up and wanting to charge the jump.

I'm not 100% sure but I think the last time Summer rode may have been November when she last rode Bella. I could be wrong, and I have no idea the last time she jumped.
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Talking I'm sorry for all the posts lol

Ok, sorry for the triple post, but Summer's husband took some stills that I wanted to post.

And for cuteness, Summer's 4 year old wanted to ride Bella, and even tho I was hesitant because as to know knowledge she's never had a kid on her. She did fine, although I still wouldn't let my son ride her lol.
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bumping for critique of new vids and pics please :-D
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