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post #1 of 8 Old 02-10-2011, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Critique my hunter jumper riding.
us jumping in the first video.
the second video is of me riding him without stirrups

Critique me riding my pony. I've been doing the pony hunters with him and he's done extremely well. I'm thinking maybe doing a little of the jumpers as well. Tell me what you think of my riding on him. Thanks!

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-10-2011, 09:51 AM
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Can you post the videos directly on here? I want to critique, but I can't see them because I don't have a Facebook
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-10-2011, 03:16 PM
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It's slightly hard because your alittle big to be riding this pony, so that can sometimes interfere with your equitation. You need to ride off your leg more, trust it & let it support you so that your leg doesn't swing, it swings slightly around the course & slips far back over fences. You hunch your shoulders over slightly & should bring them back, along with bending your elbows & slightly picking your hands up, they should be about an inch above an inch infront of the wither(I think thats how you explain it, I'd have to pay attention when I'm on a horse, its been 2 weeks due to poor weather!). On the flat, work on sitting back more, riding off your butt & moving with the horses back, for no stirrups, you can relax your leg & let it down more. Also, work on following the horses mouth better, letting your arms go with & soften your arms by opening your elbows. I like your quiet body over fences & around the course & you have a nice crest release(:
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-13-2011, 12:27 AM
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The most important thing I see is in your no-stirrups video. Your sitting trot needs improving as well as your seat at the canter. If you are not jumping, why are you tipped forward? Sit up, sit back and allow your hips to follow your horse because you were slamming on top of your horses back.

Continue your no stirrup work on the lunge with no reins as well to strengthen your legs and core. Hope that helps!

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post #5 of 8 Old 02-13-2011, 12:41 AM
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great videos
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-13-2011, 02:49 AM
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Okay I'm going to take a crack at it!
Jumping Video:
First off you need to shorten your stirrups, they are too long for jumping. Your stirrup also needs to be moved closer to your toe to allow you to flex in your heels more. I think you ride a little bit hunched over, but it may just be the jacket. When you go over the jump, your knee pinches and your calf slides back and your heel goes up, which causes you to tip forward at your horse. If your pony stumbles you could easily go off over his shoulder. Most of the jumps you are back in the saddle too early, mostly because you're not holding yourself with your legs and core.

To improve all of this, make sure you have a solid jumping positions/two point at walk, trot, and canter. Do no stirrup work (like you already are doing) and make sure you shorten those stirrups! You may want to jump some smaller things while you improve your position. Do some leg and core strengthening exercises off the horse to improve strength and balance.
Your pony is really cute by the way!

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-13-2011, 03:05 AM
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It didn't let me edit, so I just wanted to add that I like the fact that you don't interfere with your pony's mouth over the jump and that your short release is good. You keep your pony at a pretty steady pace (which I believe is something wanted in hunters, but is important regardless.)
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-01-2011, 04:40 PM
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I would like to see you either get a bigger pony/horse and arch your back more because you are riding hunter/jumper not dressage but other than that you are a good rider
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