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        03-27-2011, 11:46 PM
    Critique jumping videos!!

    These are some videos of me jumping Finita today. This is her first time doing a course and I haven't done it in awhile since I broke my arm. I know its not perfect so any helpful suggestions are appreciated. Thanks :)

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        03-28-2011, 12:02 PM
    Your horse is adorable!

    My advice about your jumping would be to collect your horse more after each jump by slowing her pace with subtle half halts. This will give her more time to think about each obstacle before she approaches it. A slow horse is a thinking horse, as my instructor always says. :)
        03-28-2011, 12:57 PM
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    You have a loose lower leg. The two most common causes are pinching too much with your knees, which pulls the lower leg off the horse's sides. This allows the lower leg to slide back as you pivot on your knees.

    Also, you may be using your crest release as a way of counterbalancing your upper body going forward. This makes a secure lower leg less important as you are not using your lower leg as a counterbalance. This makes the leg slide back.

    Keep more contact with the inside (not the back of) your upper calf area. As you go forward with your upper body, open the knee angle so that the lower leg stays at the girth. Practise at the walk.....go into your jumping position and try to maintain it with your arms out like an airplane. Shift your lower leg forward until you can maintain the upper body position without the prop of the crest release.

    Also, I wouldn't trot your horse so close to the fence and then let her canter the jump. This can encourage a horse to learn to rush the jumps. Either trot all the way to the jump and jump out of a trot stride, or canter a longer distance and jump out of a canter stride. Just my opinion after having to retrain many horses who were jumped the way you are jumping.

    Other than that, really nice horse and rider combination. You two can go a long way!
        03-28-2011, 05:16 PM
    Thx!! Yea I have lost A LOT of my leg strength since being out of the saddle for awhile. Its actually not my horse its my friends but she is a great little mare.
    The trotting/cantering to jumps thing I prefer cantering to jumps which is why I pushed her to the first one... I feel more comfortable cantering in than trotting. She also gets a little distracted so I just try to keep her focused by switching things up a little. She doesn't seem to rush but can get overly excited but comes right back when asked.
        03-29-2011, 06:54 PM
    Awesome post Allison Finch! I agree completely.

    I would also like to add a suggestion about striding. Your horse seemed quite wiggly on some of the approaches, and it might do her some good to set up some grids to teach her to adjust her striding (or teach you to help her), and to make it a little more inviting. Also, sticking a ground pole 9ft out from the jump usually offers a good distance for the horse to take off at (which will boost her confidence) and help her learn to set up her striding on those long canter stretches to the jumps. :)

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