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post #1 of 21 Old 11-25-2011, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Critique my jumping (1'9)

This was about a week ago. My horse is 6 y/o, a 14.2hh Quarter horse mare. Please critique my position only- I know she is not the greatest jumper.
The height for both is 1'9.

What I see: I need to have more of a release. I know you don't need a huge release for a little jump, but I barely move my hands! I feel bad, I know catching your horse in the mouth can make them really sour about jumping.
Other than that, I don't know what else to say- I'd like to hear from everyone else.
Thank you in advance!

Rainy- jumping 1'9 (nov. 16, 2011) - YouTube

Rainy- jumping 1'9 (nov. 16, 2011) - YouTube
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-25-2011, 02:36 PM
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Very nice job :)

The only thing I truly noticed is that in the second video, you seem to be bouncing quite a bit as she is cantering. Try to quiet your seat a little more and your upper body.

I would also be careful about your mare, she seems to rush the jumps pretty bad. I would not say she is a bad jumper at all though. Working on your position and helping her balance would help her jump those fences :) Sitting up and half halting before the fence would get her more balanced.

Overall not bad at all! (Aha... I rhymed :))
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Thanks for the critique. I know she rushes jumps, this is truly much better than what it was in the past. I am currently selling her because she is not the best jumper and would be better suited for trail riding. In the meantime, I work with what I have. I have tried half halting in front of the jump but this usually just leads to running straight through it or chipping in. Thanks though.
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Actually, she looks like she would be a lovely jumper with more training and time. She has a nice, tight front end and seems willing. You have a very still lower leg and straight back over jumps. You need to turn your hands so your thumb is up and to relax so you wont bounce as much in the saddle.
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Thanks for saying so, but I have spent 3 years trying to make a broke horse of her and still argue every time we ride. She loves trails so much more than ring work.

I have always had issues with my hands, looks like I need to get back to doing the crop exercise. Hopefully that will help. Thanks!
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Thanks for saying so, but I have spent 3 years trying to make a broke horse of her and still argue every time we ride. She loves trails so much more than ring work.

I have always had issues with my hands, looks like I need to get back to doing the crop exercise. Hopefully that will help. Thanks!
If that's the case maybe it's not her fault? Maybe you guys just aren't suited for each other.

Do you have a trainer helping you?

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I'm sure that could be true. However, we do just fine when we are out hacking on trails- no arguing or fighting.

Yes, we do.
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Maybe you should get a different trainer, she looks like a nice pony.

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Thanks for your opinion.
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I actually really like her as a jumper. What I noticed- though it was hard to see with the video (wish I could put it into slow-mo) is that before the jump you have a nice upper body and stay back, letting her do the work, but after the jump you seem to fall forward a little bit. I don't think you should do any more single fences with her, and instead work on a couple different things to get your horse using her hind end and slowing rather than rushing the fences. Lots of trot poles, sitting way deep in the saddle to get her picking up her feet and working off her bum and then lots of combinations, bounces and one strides, etc. and in between the jumps sit deep in the saddle (like over the poles) so she stops rushing- and only once she's got that do you get her jumping single fences. My newest gelding ran flat and long to every fence we set up, rushing every single fence in the arena and with exercises like that after a month of lessons / working with him he was well balanced and taking first places at his first show.

I agree with LoveTheSaddlebreds, maybe talk to your trainer about exercises like that and if not find a trainer who will focus on working with your pony. I think she'd make an excellent jumper with a bit of work! And even if you still end up selling her then you've gained the experience / you'll have an easier time selling.
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