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    11-11-2010, 11:23 PM
Critique Jumping and Pony conformation please!

Please critique my jumping position....and my pony, I knwo the pictures are bad for conformation critque. I will attempt to get better photos later. Thank you!
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    11-11-2010, 11:50 PM
Position looks good although in the second pic you need to keep you back flatter if that makes sense? And you could have a little more release in your hands and elbows as you go over, try putting your hands up her neck a bit more
And sorry they are not the appropriate pics for confo critique Do you have any more pics that are good for confo critique?
Beautiful pony
Keep up the good work "D
    11-12-2010, 02:13 AM
Pony seems to know what's going on. Doesn't over jump the X and kinda' hangs a leg... but get up to the bigger stuff (pic #2) and pony is square and tight in front. I haven't seen anyone braid a mane in AGES! Very nice pics.
    11-12-2010, 03:39 AM
Nice looking pony, but you could do with releasing a little more with your hands over the jump, and looks like the pony might benefit from seeing a farrier soon. You look like a nice pair.
    11-12-2010, 05:13 AM
Originally Posted by Oxer    
pony seems to know what's going on. Doesn't over jump the X and kinda' hangs a leg... but get up to the bigger stuff (pic #2) and pony is square and tight in front. I haven't seen anyone braid a mane in AGES! Very nice pics.
you havent seen anyone braid in ages? Really? O.o. We do it all time for events. It looks alot tidier than a natural mane and shows off the horses neck line
    11-12-2010, 07:33 AM
Your position in the first photo is excellent; hard to come up with even a quibble. The pony isn't ideally tight with his front end, but the photo may have been snapped after the ideal moment, and he's certainly able, athletic and safe.

In the second photo, you're slightly ahead of the motion and have pivoted on your knee, faults that like to go together. You can see that your lower leg has slipped behind the girth, you're farther out of the tack than is correct for the size of the fence and you're very close to the pony's neck. Pony is tidier over this fence - forearm is close to horizontal, knees are even, and he's folded nice and tight below the knee.

I am going to respectfully disagree with the previous posters who criticized your release. I think they're expecting to see a more hunter show ring type crest release, and your release is moving towards an auto release, which is absolutely appropriate for your level of riding and discipline. You are not restricting the pony's head and neck at all and are maintaining a soft contact in the air. Your hand and arm appear relaxing and following.

I will point out that you are a very long waisted, tall rider on a short coupled horse. You're going to need to be very careful with your upper body position so as not to unbalance him.
    11-12-2010, 10:34 AM
The second photo was 2'9, the first time my pony has ever jumped that high! He had some trouble at first but we did get one nice jump (where his take off was pretty good). I do have an issue with getting ahead of the motion when jumping. I have never real jumped any other horse except for my pony (I did ride a 15.2hh gelding, but only for 2 months). As maura pointed out, my main problem is that I have a long upper body and shorter my pony has a short neck and is a touch to small for me. I have been told this makes it harder to prevent tipping/getting ahead of your horse/pony? I am going to be riding a different horse in lessons over the winter, at a local stable, so I may be able to work on my balance more with a taller horse.
My release is my main concern, since I am not as experienced in jumping (I have more of a dressage background). I used to have almost no release, then I moved to an extreme crest release, and now that my leg is getting a bit more solid I am working on my auto realease. So it's good to hear that I am aiming in the right direction (currently I ride hunter classes, since jumper is too high for my pony, but I prefer the jumpers).
The reason my pony is dropping his leg a bit is that we actually had a really bad take off before the x-jump. :P
Thank you for all the critique!

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