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    08-22-2012, 07:00 PM
Critique me jumping please!

So it would be great if I could get critiques on my jumping please. I have been riding for a little over a year. We pretty much always get in too deep which you can see in the vid, so any suggestions on that? And also on the gymnastic a lot of the time when I go into it a get too forward or behind her jump as you can see in the video as well. Thanks guys!

YouTube - Jumping August

YouTube - Jump 3
YouTube - Jump 2
YouTube - Jump 4
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    08-22-2012, 07:40 PM
Here's another video too.
    08-23-2012, 12:06 PM
Bumping this up... Another video
    08-24-2012, 02:45 AM
Going through video by video. (:

The first video looks like you got a little bit left behind and I can't tell but your release seemed really short and you came down early / heavily on your horses back. Try to stay up off his / her back for a little bit longer, so it's not such a slam back down.

Second video- I understand there's usually a reason to be in the two point prior to gymnastics however you look like you're a little too forward and lying on your horses neck. Try to get out of the saddle, but still bring your shoulders back a little bit more and come up off your horses neck, keeping your weight over the center of the saddle so you're not throwing off your horses balance.

Third video - same as the first, you're getting left behind and kind of bopping him / her in the mouth and coming down hard on your horses back. Your distances are REALLY off, I'd try working on collecting your step a little bit more, relaxing and getting a more controlled canter, so you don't get so 'all over the place'. It might be beneficial too to ride a horse that can find their own distances, to try and teach you to see distances as well.

Overall I think you need to use grid work to teach you to sit BACK and get distances and stay off your horses neck which means don't do the entire thing in your two point, instead focus on sitting back after your jump and riding to the next jump. Work on collecting the canter and getting some basic control, and trying to build some muscle to help you hold your two-point a little bit longer, and stay with your horse.
    08-24-2012, 11:18 AM
Thanks for the critique I will try to work on those things
    08-26-2012, 09:56 PM
Any more critiques please??
    08-27-2012, 02:19 PM
I just went on your youtube page, and your position looks very nice in most of the shots and I had to pause the videos to get a better look at whats going on... Sooo just some small things that come to mind. :)

In video 2: you look like your pumping with your body and in a pause over the jump you where left behind, this may have been caused by not being out of the saddle and pushing with your body.

Video 3: you are in your 2 point very early and looks like you are really leaning on your horses neck and once you are out of the bounce you stay far down when you should bring your body back up ( like you do in video 4)

4: This is a great line, you sat back and waited for your next jump but I think maybe the jump caught you by suprise or something, the take off doesn't look planned out. You look suprised that theres a jump, but your horse got close to the base which was still the right move I think than taking a long spot. So good job to sit back and wait for the fence to come to you!

And in you August video you look really good. Once again you look like your really pushing with your hips and it makes it look a little off, not as much as in video 2 but its still visable.

Overall you look good, just minor things here and there. A freeze frame of the videos you can see over some of the jumps you are just standing up to move with the horse over jumps, not a very visible 2 point with not much bend in the knees. The jumps are not big so it doesn't require a huge effort from your end but just remember that once the fences get bigger that's a very bad habit! You look really good threw the gymnastics and solid position. Just a little more work out on courses but you have a great start! You are clearly getting better though so keep up the good work!
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    09-01-2012, 02:44 PM
I agree with the above critiques, but I just wanted to point out that for only riding for a little over a year.... You are doing awesome!! Keep updating us. I can't wait to see how you'll be in another year!
    09-01-2012, 02:50 PM
Originally Posted by lmichellej    
I agree with the above critiques, but I just wanted to point out that for only riding for a little over a year.... You are doing awesome!! Keep updating us. I can't wait to see how you'll be in another year!

I didn't look in detail, and I am not a jumper, so cannot offer detailed advice, anyway. However, my general sentiments are like the above.

You are doing very well!
    09-01-2012, 03:13 PM
For only a year's worth of riding experience, you look fantastic!

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