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post #1 of 14 Old 09-13-2012, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Critique me and my mare jumping

This is my 4yo mare. This is the biggest we've jumped together, and I wasn't expecting her to jump as big as she did! My other horse usually uses minimal effort :) I know you can't really see my lower leg because the sun was setting and the light was wierd. I need to keep my heels down though. i also want to do an automatic release, but I always get off balance when I try. Can you also critique my horse's form and give tips to improve?

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-13-2012, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-13-2012, 09:54 PM
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I'm impressed. You look so relaxed. Back is flat, you're looking ahead, great release but enough rein to have control on landing, bum just enough out of the saddle to do the job. Great picture. I'll be interested to see what the jumping guru's have to say.

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post #4 of 14 Old 09-13-2012, 09:58 PM
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Horse jumps a bit flat. Looks like you got left in the back seat a little bit too. I'd work on just perfecting a "good, solid" release before you start trying to master an auto. An auto release really is a much more advanced release that, if you're not ready for, then there's no need for it.
I'm not entirely sure how you managed to get your base of support (your leg) ahead of your body, but i would push those heels down to try and get your leg under you to keep your body/position solid.

I love that you're not LAYING on your mares neck. At this fence height there is no need to fling yourself at your horse... which a lot of folks are inclined to do in the jumping world. I like that you're looking up. I like that your horse has a lovely little expression about the whole thing. Looks very comfortable with her job.

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Thank you :) Up until this day, we had only jumped little cross rails and verticals. this was our first oxer and she jumped a lot more than I expected, so I guess I did get left behind a bit. For some reason, I can do an auto release on my gelding, but not on her. She has a lot more spring in her step and I'm not used to it :)
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-15-2012, 11:57 PM
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Great Action pic!
One thing that will help..
Your horse has a nice big jump. Jumper prospect for sure, she really found out how to get her feet up! To work with that kind of action- she would benefit from gymnastics. Spice up your riding with variations. Throw some poles around a turn and practice consistant bend and rhythm at the canter.
Try caveletti's before your jumps. Ground pole & jump variations so your horse has to watch his feet.

^All those kind of exercises will help your horse really work with her jump. It'll also help you just ride. She will carry you. This is where your auto release comes in. You've already got a nice crest release.
Going over raised poles, and jumping jumps in different angles and areas of the arena, will really help your horse get your leg and seat in sync with every next step!

Really nice horse. Post often! Hope I could help :)

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post #7 of 14 Old 11-16-2012, 01:02 AM
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It looks a bit like she jumped before you, your form looks good except your booty/hip area needs to be a bit more forward to keep your legs underneath you. Other than that I think your body positioning (arms/chest/back/head) looks good
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-16-2012, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback! A few days ago, we tried a bounce for the first time and after a few tries she stopped stopping or trying to make it an extremely short one stride lol. I really felt her rock back and arc over the jump. I've had her for 3ish months now and she still overjumps EVERYTHING. I guess it's better than knocking them down, but it's harder for me to stay with her. I find myself juping more with my butt way behind the motion because I know she is going to take off after the jump.

The only thing that bothers me about doing gymnastics with her is that she rishes through them. She ends up with such a huge and fast step through it that all the jumps get knocked down. She listens to whogreat over any ther jumps, but not in a line. I will really be working on that this winter
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-16-2012, 08:12 AM
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rushing says that she has some anxiety about jumping, any idea what she couldbe worried about ?

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I hadn't thought of anxiety. I'd just thought that she was inexperienced since she's been jumping for only 3 months. She tends to get frustrated and she thinks a little too much about things that are new to her. For example: tonight we were working on shoulder in and after a whil, I was asking for a little more bend and she just sped up to avoid the situation. I think she knows speed, so she uses it as her "happy place"
I guess she could be anxious about not doing the right thing. One thing I love about her is that she is very eager to please. She tries everything untill she gets praise.
Here is a picture from her second show. I can't get a good base on this horse!! I even have a hard time with galloping position because she keeps her head so much higher than any other horse I've ridden:

Here are more pictures from the show. My leg is horrible and I don't know why. My trainer hasn't said anything though. She was bolting after the jumps, so I was bracing over the air for that I think: 036 Livia Schuller

Here is a picture of me and my gelding to show you that normally, my leg swings too far back:

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