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post #1 of 11 Old 05-30-2009, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Me Please! :) (jumping and flat)

I said in my picture thread that some of my pics would be up for critique, so here they are!

Since there are about 30+ of them, I decided to put them in a video. You can critique on my general position, but if you want to critique on a certain picture, just put the time! I know some of these aren't the best, as they're grainy and blurry, but do the best you can!

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-01-2009, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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No takers? :( I need something to work on!
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-01-2009, 05:23 PM
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Cute! I'd have to say you need to point your toes more forward (you tend to point them out) and not lean so far forward on your seat :)

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-01-2009, 05:43 PM
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i'm not a great critiquer but I will say that it appears that your horse is overdeveloping the muscles on the under side of his neck. making him round instead of letting him put his head up will help that problem.

judging by the hanging/scissor legs that your horse displays, he would be a great candidate for low gymnastics to tighten his form. then again, I don't know what he's like over bigger fences.
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-01-2009, 07:04 PM
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Sorry. I'm sitting here typing with one hand (other either has a really bad sprain or a break. i'm hoping i don't have to head up to the hospital) so ignore my grammar please.

You need to pick you hands up and bend your elbows. You're riding with them at you horse's withers.

With jumping you really need to sink into you heels. You seem to be over jumping a little bit

You need to sit up tall and you appear to be gripping with you knees a bit.

You're also just throwing your reins at you horse once you get to the jump

on so,e pretty strong painkillers at the moment.. this might not make sence
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-03-2009, 04:03 PM
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over the jumps you have really good position and i like that you give to him over the fences so he can really stretch his neck. i did notice something on the flat though. especially in the pictures of you cantering, you're perched rather far forward in the saddle pinching with your knees. that sits you're weight too much on his neck and causes balance issues. also, if you sit back a bit then you'll have an easier time engaging his hind end (which is desired for proper jumping). other than that, you two look really cute together and he looks like a really nice mover =)
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-03-2009, 06:46 PM
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Well overall i like him but his legs should be together over the jump not apart.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-04-2009, 09:35 PM
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0:21 -- You need to arch your back and keep your shoulders back. Move your foot back on your stirrups. You seem to lean on your hands a ton; try riding with your hands on your hips. I used to do that and riding no reins helped me!
0:32 -- Same here. You really, really need to sit up ;]
0:38 -- You look like your pushing up off your stirrups. Again, sit back, shoulders back, back arched, elbows bent. Stirrups on the ball of your foot. Grip with your calves.
0:41 -- Much better =]
0:47 -- Pretty good. Arch your back.
Go back to flat work for a while. Your jumping position is nice but your flat needs work ;]

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post #9 of 11 Old 07-05-2009, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Well overall i like him but his legs should be together over the jump not apart.
This is her first time jumping. I wasn't expecting her to have perfect form

Pinching with my knees....grrr.... I know I'm working on relaxing through my body and loosening my knees. It does throw off my balance, I've really noticed that!

But I am training a horse right now, so no jumping for about 6 months outside of lessons! Thanks guys!
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-05-2009, 09:03 PM
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Your feet were a little too far behind the girth. That can put you really off balance, and make you lean forward. When you were trotting you were a little far back in the saddle, but that may just be because of your saddle. Your jumping position is amazing in the first slide. I see no flaws. Your elbows are in the right place, your shoulders are back, you are looking ahead, and your heels are down. In the second, you are coming a little too high out of the saddle. At 1:22 your leg is a little behind the girth, and you are a little too high out of the saddle. When your horse pulled forward, it pulled you farther out of the saddle. Try looking down when riding. You should see just the tip of your toes. Your landing are very good! At 1:42, try pulling your shoulders back. Give more with your legs than with your hands. You seem to have a very strong leg, though, and are stretching just right. You have a good hand position, too. You also have a very, very, very, beautiful horse.

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