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post #1 of 10 Old 02-11-2011, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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critique me and my mare over a couple of jumps

so just want to see what you all think of me and my mare :)
any help would be appreciated :)
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-11-2011, 05:30 PM
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The pictures are kind of blurry, and not really at a great angle to critique your position, but it looks like she oculd use a little more of a release and in the first picture her knees are hanging a little, but it looks like you are also a bit too far over her neck so maybe that's why. It definitely looks like she respects the bigger fence more.

I also recommend painting your poles, they look erally close in color to the footing and she may have trouble seeing them at some point.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-11-2011, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advise! yeah, we've thankfully fiiinally been supplied with new wings and poles after complaining to the 'powers that be' :P
i wasn't too willing to give her too much rein as we had another oxer just after this fence on a tight distance, so i didn't want to be scrambling to get her back together :) the thing is, she is a bit insecure over poles, as we normally do XC so when i don't keep a solid contact over the jumps she gets pretty shaky :/
any advise on how to remedy this, as she has no trouble stretching more over a solid fence? :)
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-11-2011, 07:16 PM
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Yes I agree, you could probably release a little more. For some reason, the distance looks a tiny bit off (jumped too early) but it might just be me. she definitely looks like she has the potential to be a pretty nice jumper though! what breed is she?
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-14-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! :)
she's a Cleveland bay X TB
actually, i'm glad you said that about the distance, as i've been working on changing my approach to related distances in order to have more room inside them - she has such a big stride that i find if i get a smidge long to the first it gives me a bit of room to manouver down the line :)
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It looks like you are standing in your stirrups which is giving you alot of room between your seat and the saddle and could account for being too forward with your upper body. In the 2nd picture, you have lost all contact with your upper leg and only have contact with your calf which also can happen when riders stand in their stirrups instead of just closing your hip angle to get into your jumping position. If your horse is long strided, the standing in the stirrups could result from getting ahead of the horse at the jump. Working on the flat will help to develope universal leg contact from the upper thigh (to stop any knee gripping). Over the fence there should only be a couple inches between your seat and the saddle. As the horse jumps just practice closing your upper body down from the hip. This will clear your seat from the saddle those couple inches and The natural movement over the jump will do the rest. When you "post" yourself over the fence you and get in front of the horses center of gravity, you put yourself in a position that if the horse stops suddenly that you more than likely will go over the front end. Making big moves such as standing into the jumping position will also cause a horse to get faster on the other side.
You've got a good flat back and I like the release, just work on the bottom half as far as not standing and keeping toes in and contact from inner thigh down and you will be a great equitation rider. Oh, I like your horse and you will be amazed at the changes in how the horse jumps as your position gets better.
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A correct release does not involve loose contact with the reins, but allowing your hands to be supple enough to move forward with the motion of the horse while maintaining a steady contact. If you feel your mare is 'unsteady' when you release over a jump, you are not doing it correctly, there may be gaps in training, you may need to practice more or it could be that you feel unsteady with a release, not your horse.

Practice riding transitions in your two point, while 'releasing' every few strides or so. This will help both of you become more comfortable with the release, and help your horse understand that a steady rythm should be maintained during and after a release.
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Ooops. In my original post, I meant to say that working on the flat without stirrups will help to develope a proper leg position (leg contact).

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Thanks! :)
she's a Cleveland bay X TB
actually, i'm glad you said that about the distance, as i've been working on changing my approach to related distances in order to have more room inside them - she has such a big stride that i find if i get a smidge long to the first it gives me a bit of room to manouver down the line :)
ooooh cleveland bay's are gorgeous! Nice jumper cross for sure! And yes, distances take a while to learn, it def. took me a long time to get them right! :)
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Very cute, she looks like she has a pretty powerful jump and she's jumping you out of the tack over the larger fences. I would do some no stirrups work over some small fences and lots on the flat.
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