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  • Jumping my horse 2'9"
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    07-09-2008, 10:52 PM
Critique My Horse and I Jumping...?

Okay so this is from the most recent show, and unfortunetly these are the most recent jumping pictures I have. I would like to note that at this time I had 7 stitches in my leg and had not ridden for 3 weeks, normally I don't like making excuses but I think that a legitimate one.

Be easy on me I've only been jumping for a year or so. And if I look terrified don't be concerned, that's just my concentration face, I'm enjoying myself.

I really think I to up, but I think I've improved that a lot. This is from 2 months ago so... I'll try to get more recent pictures.

This is 2'9" by the way...

Be sure to try to critique both me and Brutus on what you think we need to improve on and how to do it.
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    07-10-2008, 01:29 AM
I am so bad at this....

But the first thing I noticed is that you're looking down in every picture. Look up! And ahead! Doing that will balance your guy out.
    07-10-2008, 02:17 AM
Hehe, yeah my trainer keeps on telling me that the jumps aren't going anywhere...

I'll work on that.
    07-10-2008, 03:56 AM

I have to say you look bery nice - apart from looking down. If you look down your most likely going to end up on the ground [exclamation mark]

However you seem to be twisting slightly - only ever so slightly and this can put your pony off balance - which you can see in 1 of the pictures he has his head tilted.

However you have excellent form and so does your pony - the only thing that I think would be good for you try is to open your rein you are going to turn on and lock the other rein - this will make sure he gets the correct leg and you are both in a good position1 remember not to twist however1

Well done1


    07-10-2008, 10:21 AM
Wow!! Your horse has a lot of scope and it looks like he could easily jump higher!! Its a little harder to critique without profile pictures but remember to keep your heels down more and look up to your next fence and not where your horses' hooves are going to land!!
    07-10-2008, 10:31 AM
Originally Posted by GeminiJumper
Wow!! Your horse has a lot of scope and it looks like he could easily jump higher!! Its a little harder to critique without profile pictures but remember to keep your heels down more and look up to your next fence and not where your horses' hooves are going to land!!
I agree. Your hands are a little high as well. You want a straight line from his mouth to your elbow.
    07-10-2008, 01:21 PM
Your horse definitely looks like a great jumper. ;) I agree!
First off, I like that you're smiling in every shot- shows your relaxed & happy too!
Remember to look ahead, not down @ your jump.
I'd keep your hands lower for better contact.
Your toes should be pointed more to the horse's nose, & heels down more.

Overall, you don't look too bad. You & your horse look great together!
    07-10-2008, 03:30 PM
Okay so:
-toes should be pointed more to the horse's nose, & heels down more
-hands are a little high, want a straight line from his mouth to your elbow
-keep your heels down more
-look up to your next fence
-don't twist, throws little Bruteh off balance
Anything else?

I think I no why my hands are so high though - he likes to turn out occasionally for kicks, and if your hands are up heading towards the jump then he can't turn out either direction. Even if I drop them at the last minute, he feels it and does a sharp turn out, which is what landed me with the stitches in the first place (fell into a standard and ripped my leg open on a metal jump cup). Any idea on what could keep him from turning out just as well but let my hands drop? Or is it something that doesn't matter as much as everything else?
    07-12-2008, 01:24 PM
You look like you are enjoying yourself! That's great!

Brutus has amazing scope and bascule and he's really cracking his back over these fences. I love, love, love this guy.

However, his powerful jump is affecting your position and partly causing some of your problems. On a thrusty horse like this, it is difficult to keep a nice steady position as opposed to a horse who jumps flat.

You've lost your leg and its slipped to the rear (may be as a result of your stitches). Sink your weight down into your heel to anchor your leg at the girth. You will have to really concentrate on keeping that ankle flexed and heel down, because your horses powerful jump has encouraged you to turn your heel in and use your lower leg as a gripping hold instead of a soft, supple hold.

Once your leg is on, you will have a steady base from which to folow your horses motion. His thrust has popped you out of the saddle, sending you onto his neck. Sit and wait for each fence, I would suggest staying in a three point contact instead of a two point to discourage any run outs. Trotting lots of fences will help.

As for the release... its really nice. I think the reason your hands are so high is because your horse really uses his neck over each jump so it seems to disapear as he lowers it over each fence. This makes it harder for you to keep your hands on his crest.

I would discourages trying to use an auto release (straight line from hand to mouth) until you are more stable in your base. Right now, a long crest release will be sufficent and provide you with support and your horse with the long rein he needs to round over these jumps.

High hands will not stop a horse from running out. If anything, they will create a tight, punsishing grip on his mouth. I suggest you do alot of work at home with guide poles on each side of the fence to prevent run outs.

Keep your body straight and look to the next fence. If Brutus is sensitive (and I have a hunch he may be) he will feel if you twist in the saddle and he will anticipate a sharp turn. Keep both legs on and use your legs and seat to keep him straight. Too much hand before or after a fence and he will resent jumping.

Good luck!! I hope you feel better soon!!!
    07-12-2008, 09:57 PM

What I mean by holding my hand high is holding the reins so it physically blocks him from turning out on either side. Either way, I've stopped doing it as often, because he hasn't turned out it in a while.

I'll try to get some more recent pictures, and this times (hopefully) they'll be profile shots.

Thanks for all the the compliments and advice.

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