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post #1 of 5 Old 09-18-2012, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Me and Blackberry?

Okay! So this is me riding a horse named Blackberry! He is such a sweet heart! I've been riding him for about a year, give or take a few months! I ride him about 1-3 times a week in the summer and 1-2 times a week in the school year. Let me know what you think! All advice will be helpful :) (If you need different photos or angles I can try to get some) Thanks! And the last photo I just think is adorable and shows off his fun personality :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-18-2012, 02:23 PM
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It looks like you are too far forward but thats the only thing i can see as im not a jumper haha cute horse though :)
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-18-2012, 02:36 PM
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Blackberry is gorgeous!
Like BarrelracingArabian said, in the second and third pictures at least it looks like you're jumping ahead. You shouldn't be out in front of the saddle like that.
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I have the same problem leaning forward as you do! Were you taught to two-point over a jump?

A problem I see a lot when students are taught to two-point over fences (starting with ground poles), is that then they are far too over dramatic with their bodies. They end up trying to jump EVERYTHING in the same rigid position.

My trainer explains it like this. You only go so forward as your jump requires. Your joints are hinges - your hip is a hinge, and you let it move as need be. You let it move as necessary, while at the same time keeping your core strong so you don't fall forward. Sit ups really help strengthening your core, so I would try that.

I hope I explained that right O.O Besides that, you two look great! He's adorable:)
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-21-2012, 11:25 AM
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I agree with the above posters, you're getting a little bit ahead of your horse. The jumps aren't massive, so you don't need to be that far forward a little bit. I think once you aren't over the horses neck so much, you'll find that you are able to push your heels down that little bit more and really secure yourself. I noticed in the third photo (didn't see it in the others), that your toes are also pointing outwards a bit, try and bring your toes in some more.

I really like your lovely straight back and the fact that your eyes are looking up, not down. :) also, you may want to give the tiniest bit more with your hands over the jump, to loosen your contact slightly.
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