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post #1 of 15 Old 12-27-2011, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my jump position

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This was the first time I jumped 3'9, constructive criticism only please

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post #2 of 15 Old 12-27-2011, 10:19 PM
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It's difficult to tell, but it looks like you toes are pointing down. The blurriness of the picture makes it a little difficult to say though.
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post #3 of 15 Old 12-27-2011, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Sry I had to zoom the pic alot

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post #4 of 15 Old 12-27-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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I looked at the not zoomed one and they are not peionting down but they are pointing out alot

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That's probably why, your outturned toes make it look like it's the profile of your foot pointing down.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-29-2011, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah probably

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Here is what I got from the picture (I did my best considering how blurry it was for me), you have a roached back because it looks like your slouching. Pushing your shoulders back and opening up your chest will fix this. It looks like your pinching with your knees which is causing your lower leg to slip back. I think your toes are so far out because you are trying to keep your lower leg in place. On a different note, I am pretty envious of your heels at the moment. :)

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I agree with the above but a few more points :). First, your irons look a little long..your knee angle is a little straighter than it should be, however, this could be caused by the next point :)

You are standing in your irons which is common and at that height I can understand :). You need to drop yourself back and down, pushing your weight nto your heel to help your position.

Think of it this way. When the horse starts the jump, push him away with your hands. This will help keep you over the center of the saddle and allow you to fold at the hip rather than stand up and do what I refer to as "looming" over the horse. You'll find your balance is much better. Since this helps with your balance, you will find your leg is less likely to slip back and you will maintain a better calf position so your toes aren't turning outward.

Do some two-point exercises in your warm-up concentrating on pushing weight into your heels and keeping your calf on the horse and your toes pointing up and only slightly out. Muscle memory is real and the more you practice it the easier it is to take the same form over jumps.

At another quick glance, it looks like you are using an open release. Was this deliberate? It is a good release, nice straight line from the elbow to the mouth even if it was a mistake :)

Congratulations on the new height...it seems to be a break point after 3'6.

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Yeah the stirrups are a bit long, my coach is having me use them really long to help with helping me sit back a bit more because when my stirrups are shorter i start standing on my toes and tilting forwards, every lesson I try get away with them shorter haha it doesnt work though lol. I'll defiantly work on my two point so I don't stand in the stirrups

The open release is something I just do, I know I do it when i feel his fur on my arms but i dont actually think to do it,I just find it alot easier and more comfortable than crest releases for me

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Thanks for the helpful critique

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