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post #1 of 58 Old 12-24-2011, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Critique me jumping

Here are some videos of me schooling some jumps. Im riding a 7 year old thoroughbred he's still green. Please critique me, and you can critique the horse too, but he isn't mine.

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Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=937pUGE314o&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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I wont critique the horse.
As for you:
- Work on calming your body down
- Leg position (no stirrups! Make it stay where it needs to be)
- Calm your hands down. (Elbows close to your sides, thumbs on top) I noticed in a few places that you overuse your hands where you could use leg or seat instead. Keep them low and close to the horses neck
- Sit on your bum, shoulders back! I also noticed in a few places you hover in half seat or sit really far back and pull.

Looks like you're on the right track! :)
Anyone feel free to correct my critique since I don't do this too often.

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Thank you. Yeah, I kind of need to sit and pull him because he's pretty quick and it takes a lot to slow him down. You'll pull to slow him down, and then after like 20 pulls he'll decide to slow down. We're working on that, he's actually starting to understand when I say whoa it means slow down.

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Thank you. Yeah, I kind of need to sit and pull him because he's pretty quick and it takes a lot to slow him down. You'll pull to slow him down, and then after like 20 pulls he'll decide to slow down. We're working on that, he's actually starting to understand when I say whoa it means slow down.

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I think you did really good, especially being on a green horse! Did you ride in a double bridle?

It would help him (and you!!) so much to learn about half halts.. there were a few spots where I saw he was kind of just going without being completely ready for the jump or the corner or the change of rein.

Also keeping your seat in during the canter on the flat parts. I know it must be hard, especially him just going and going.

Seriously though, I was very impressed with how you handled things. I would've not be nearly as organized
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I think you did really good, especially being on a green horse! Did you ride in a double bridle?

It would help him (and you!!) so much to learn about half halts.. there were a few spots where I saw he was kind of just going without being completely ready for the jump or the corner or the change of rein.

Also keeping your seat in during the canter on the flat parts. I know it must be hard, especially him just going and going.

Seriously though, I was very impressed with how you handled things. I would've not be nearly as organized
Thank you for saying such nice things.

I've been working on getting him to listen better. Now, sometimes, it takes him too long to listen. It's like you'll ask him to slow down and it takes him a couple seconds for him to realize what you're asking. He's gotten a lot better though. But I agree half halts will help.

I'm not using a double bridle. It's just a jointed Pelham bit. I normally don't ride green horses in bits like that, but he's older and at this point in his training he works real well in it.
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Thank you for saying such nice things.

I've been working on getting him to listen better. Now, sometimes, it takes him too long to listen. It's like you'll ask him to slow down and it takes him a couple seconds for him to realize what you're asking. He's gotten a lot better though. But I agree half halts will help.

I'm not using a double bridle. It's just a jointed Pelham bit. I normally don't ride green horses in bits like that, but he's older and at this point in his training he works real well in it.
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Oh okay. I don't have any experience with Pelham bits nor double bridles so I thought I'd ask :)

You're welcome :)

As for the slowing down.. mine is the same way. For him it's because he hasn't linked dropping and stopping all motion of my seat.. then closing the reins-- as stopping :P Just keep it up with him. Maybe take him off of the jumps for a few lessons and work specifically on w/t/c transitions. I think it would help if his trot was more put together, that'll help him stay at a softer more put together canter. Which will make it much easier for you to keep up with him.
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Here are some videos of me schooling some jumps. Im riding a 7 year old thoroughbred he's still green. Please critique me, and you can critique the horse too, but he isn't mine.

MVI_0215.MOV - YouTube

MVI 0218 - YouTube
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This horse needs a lot more work on the flat and is not ready for a pelham bit.

Also if the horse is far enough along to be jumping that height and the use of the pelham...the martingale should not be needed.
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If you are going to use a Pelham, you need to learn how to use the reins properly. You do not use them both at the same time, you need to learn how to activate the bottom rein when needed. In the second video, you are in his face a lot. I don't like that you are using a standing martingale and a Pelham together.

Going back to dressage will help with the balancing and the rhythm and control.

You slow your horse down by riding back to front, not front to back. Use your body properly, your core, slow your seat down, relax *you are quite stiff* - my advice is to start taking dressage lessons. Working on getting him under you, rounder (meaning lifting his back up into your seat) by using your body correctly.

Jumping is dressage with speed bumps.

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Thanks for the advice!!

I do need a martingale for him. If he doesn't wear one his head is on the air and he doesn't listen at all. So I'll probably continue riding him with it until I feel it's safe enough to take it off. The jumps are only 2'3 so they aren't high at all.

I'm sure I would for sure benefit from dressage lessons, but funds are low. So that won't be happening either. Maybe you could give me pointers to try?

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