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    04-10-2009, 02:59 PM
Critique Jumping Position

Okies. So I thought I'd get some critique of my jumping position. I'm trying very hard to get out of my silly crest release but I have yet to succeed, and it bothers me. So, I need some (friendly, mind you :P) tearing apart of my crest release to give me further motivation to get out of it.

Oh and I've put the month in the description under the pictures, just so you can tell what are the most recent.

This one is probably bad to critique because this is the second jump of a bounce and its at an odd angle. I thought I'd put it in there anyway because I kind of like my leg besides the fact that it is way turned out, but its particularly hard for me because I naturally stand very turned out so its something I'm constantly working on. (April 4th)

More crest release and turned out toes. Also on this one I got left behind a little, which isn't as visible in this picture but a few miliseconds after this I was in the same position but with my behind in the saddle. I wasn't in her mouth at the time but I still don't think it was quite comfortable for her. (Feb. 19)

I've always thought my position was better on Brutus just because he has a really pronounced jump that really throws you into position, but apparently not. (Feb. 8th)

This was before I realized I did not have a strong enough leg to ride in jeans and paddock boots without half chaps... And apparently I didn't know how to tie my shoes! (Jan. 25th)

I can scrounge up some more if you need them.
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    04-10-2009, 04:36 PM
I'm new to all this, so could someone explain what crest release is please?
    04-10-2009, 04:53 PM
You look fairly good, actually, nothing horribly wrong, just small things. You are behind in a couple of those shots, so I would really focus on staying with the motion. Also, like every riding instructor has screamed a thousand times, heels down! Really sink your weight into your heels, it will help with everything. For the release, don't think of reaching for the neck or the mane, think of releasing your horse's mouth. In theory, your arm should create a direct line from your elbow, through the reins to the horse's mouth. I like to think of jumping as a big canter stride, instead of throwing your hands up there, give to your horse the same way you would at the canter, but exaggerated. If you have the balance to sink your weight in your heels and not touch the mane, that is ideal. I think your shoulders are slightly hunched, getting your heels down will help. Good luck!
    04-10-2009, 05:11 PM
How do you see that she is behind the motion? She is pretty darn solid and centered - so where are you seeing her being behind the motion?
    04-11-2009, 12:48 AM
Thanks for the critique!

I know I was behind in the second picture, but I also don't see it in the others. Maybe you could point it out?
    04-11-2009, 08:29 AM
Your position looks pretty good .. other than those toes !!!! Sink into your heals and think toes straight ! I'm not an expert so i'll leave a more detailed critique to people who have been jumping longer ;)
    04-11-2009, 10:48 AM
The only thing I notice is that your toes look really funky turned out.
    04-11-2009, 11:22 AM
Originally Posted by XxXequinegrlXxX    
your position looks pretty good .. other than those toes !!!! Sink into your heals and think toes straight ! I'm not an expert so i'll leave a more detailed critique to people who have been jumping longer ;)
Your toes shouldn't be completely straight though, they should be slightly turned out so you have the strongest part of your calf on your horse.

Originally Posted by Equuestriaan    
The only thing I notice is that your toes look really funky turned out.
Yes they arr turned out quite a bit. Also, shoulders back, heels down, and your feet are too far in your stirrups. Think the ball of your foot on your stirrup. Other than that you are with the motion of your horse, and your legs are in a good position as well.
    04-11-2009, 11:47 AM
You look awesome. I see a lot of people jumping ahead(like me =P) and im glad to see someone doing it right =] but, I do agree with the others about your toes.
    04-11-2009, 12:04 PM
Thanks everyone. Ever since I started riding its been a battle with my feet turning out, especially when I put my heels really far down (as seen with second photo), just because the way I naturally stand is quite turned out (I walk a bit like a duck).

Is there anything else to do that I haven't already been working on?

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