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post #1 of 8 Old 08-02-2012, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Critique Jumping and Dressage! (Video)

Hey all,
I recently made a video compilation of my jumping and dressage from a Pony Club Rally. I'm an HB in PC, and we go training level eventing (FYI). If there are any other PC'ers out there, what should I work on as far as for my C3? What do I need to work on in general? Specifics would be great.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-02-2012, 04:01 PM
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Just took a quick look. Leg looks solid. You do tend to sit back way too soon and round your back over jumps.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-02-2012, 04:29 PM
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My major attention was drawn to your dressage work. The horse looks behind your leg and very lacking in forward impulsion. I would like to see him more solidly "in the bridle" and energized. You would get clearer transitions in you medium trot to lengthened trot if he was a bit lighter on the forehand. He needed just a little more bend in your circle/half circle work, and a little less bend in your leg yields.

All in all, though, you two are a great team with lots of potential to go on, especially if you package him more. It will really be needed when you go prelim.
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Ok, thanks. I didn't realize at all how long she was getting until I saw the videos. In my head sometimes I get to thinking that she's going too fast, but especially when we started lateral work and backing up she gets really dead to my leg.
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you look like you are anticipating the jumps to much. If your horse halts you'll fly over its head

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Originally Posted by jenniferw View Post
you look like you are anticipating the jumps to much. If your horse halts you'll fly over its head

So do you think that I'm getting ahead of the motion? Jumping ahead? Or just riding around in too forward of a seat? Because I do jump ahead sometimes, I just wanted to clarify what you're seeing.
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Hey There,

Fantastic jumping pair. Really appropriate for the level you're doing. Yes, there are a couple nit-picky things here or there, but overall I feel confident about your jumping.

Without knowing more of your history, my guess would be that you go clean show jumping (or with a rail here or there, but no refusals) and do very well cross-country, but that your dressage scores suffer, thereby bringing you down into the middle of the pack come competition time.

Flatwork, in my opinion, is the foundation for all jump work. Your horse cannot reach their jumping potential until you re-focus on the dressage. I can see that your horse is eager/willing to jump and quite handy. You are a brave, forward team. What I'd love to see is a dressage test to match. I want to see impulsion from you guys. I want to see more submission on the bit (not above the bit or intermittant contact that the horse resents). I want to see controlled power (which your horse has, but is not really using)...more floating, more freedom, more suspension. You have the "movements" down, but you're missing the dressage basics: submission, relaxation, and impulsion. The engine is all there, it just isn't turned on. Figure out a way to turn it on. Maybe get a couple lessons with a dedicated dressage trainer in your area? Save up for a dressage clinic? Watch all 6+ hours of Olympic dressage online? Read a book?

I'd really like to see you take a two to four week break from jumping altogether and only ride a crash course. Live, eat, breath dressage for a month or so. Imagine when you ride that goal is to turn your horse into a rubber band. Your horse should expand and contract their whole body at the slightest pressure. Work long and low for topline. Do stretchy trot and free walk. Then work collected (building up intensity through the month). Then go back to long and low. Then extend. Cross-country gallop, then come back to the slowest, springiest canter. You see where I'm going with this.

Overall, I think your horse is wonderful and you look like you could kick some serious ass eventing. Just focus on the flat and you'll be amazed at how your jumping improves without even intending for it to improve!
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Thank you for your advice! While it might not show we actually only jump once every two weeks or so. (I try to preserve her joints to keep her sound) We've spent the past year and a half trying to "fix" our flatwork. So I'm in total agreement with everything you've said. I take weekly dressage lessons and audit at clinics when I can. I suppose that I'll just have to keep trying new things until I find things that help me with her submission and tension.
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