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post #1 of 10 Old 03-15-2009, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Critique My Jumping

Any critiques are welcome.
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-15-2009, 01:40 PM
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I'm not an expert by any means, but just the couple points that I see that might help you achieve a stronger position. :)

I like how you're looking ahead (hopefully towards the next fence) and giving your horse lots of rein so he can use his head and neck effectively. He looks like he's a cute little jumper.

You have a decent crest release and I like how your elbows are in and you don't have them flapping around like a chickens. Your shoulders seem stiff and hunched though, try and relax.

I like you nice straight back, and the angle of your knee is really nice. One of my biggest pet-peeves in the jumping world is having your irons too short, but yours look very nice. You're over-jumping him a bit, not much, but you want to close your hip angle and let your horse take you over the jump. If you do that, I think you're leg will come forward the slight bit it needs to. You need to have your iron on the ball of your foot, which will help you let you drop your heel more, and turn your toe in (not to it's parallel though).

Overall, I think you have a pretty solid foundation, but you look a bit insecure (hunched shoulders being a defensive posture and over jumping him). Work on closing your hip angle more and letting your body just fold with the horse over the jump and relaxing and I think you'll look great!
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-15-2009, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, thanks a ton! :) Those are great tips. I will definitely keep all of them in mind when I ride. Haha, and I was a little insecure. The highest both us us has ever jumped was 2'3-2'6, and that was 3'.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-15-2009, 02:15 PM
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No problem!
You look like you have a solid form, I really like how your lower leg seems pretty strong and secure and I think you two looks like a great team!
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-15-2009, 02:54 PM
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first of all the horse took of from way too far away which probably contributes to most of your minor faults in this photo.

Chicken wings are my problem too! just keep working on pulling your elbows in.
Also, your leg has slipped way back. But i have a feeling you do have a good leg and because of the way he was presented to the jump it slipped.
As a jumper/eventer myself, i see nothing wrong with your stirrups. they just look shorter because of the leg slipping back
Cute horse though. he has a pretty nice jump

Keep up the good work!

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post #6 of 10 Old 03-15-2009, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I appreciate it, I will definitely start working on that. :)
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I do agree that your horse took off at a long spot, but you are jumping ahead.

See the distance between your seat and your saddle? See how your crotch is over your Pommel - big sign of jumping ahead.

The key is to remain with our horses motion, over their center of gravity, so that we can remain supportive for our horses to the fence, over the fence and after.

By you anticipating the fence - jumping ahead - you have now thrown all of your bodies weight, onto your horses forehand. Making his job, especially at that long spot, that much harder.

It is about sitting, waiting for your horses motion - to lift you out of your tack slightly. To remain with their momentum, so you can remain supportive, centered and solid. You want your bodies weight to be with his motion, not ahead.

You did loose your lower leg, and I understand it was a long spot - but we want to work on wrapping our lower leg around our horses girth, to not only aid our form over the fence, but to continue to lift and support our horses.

If I were to ever, take my leg off of the girth on my TB - he'd stop dead in his tracks. He'd say - woah...where'd you go? Ok, you're not going with me? Forget it...neiter am I than.

I have a major scar on my right arm that taught me a lesson to remain seated, legs wrapped around girth - due to a jump cub being embedded in it...because I stopped riding him to the fence *let go of lower leg around girth and jumped ahead* ahh, I wont do that again - lol.

Anyways - I have to go, and I cannot finish my critique - going out for dinner with are calling to get my (_!_) in gear.
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Anways - focus on riding your horses rhythm to the base of the fence. Don't look at the fence *as my coach says ride your horse, not the fence* the moment I look at the fence, I jump ahead - because I've then focused on racing to the fence, instead of allowing it to come to me.

Your job is to get him to the base, and stay out of his way, while aiding him. His job, is the rest.

Your toes are also pointing outwards - so you are using the back of your calf, instead of the inner side of your calf - again, work on wrapping your leg around the girth *you are around your horse, not just ontop*]

Your hip angle, is very closed - remember, your horse is supposed to close the angle for you, not the other way around. Work on sitting, tall upper body *just ahead of the verticle* and allowing your horses motion to lift you out of your tack, and close the angle for you.

Your seat, should be over the center of your saddle - as Dorothy Crowell told me at a clinic I rode with her *she trains under Jim Wofford* "Push your Toosh back, push your ta'ta's out* lol.

Your horse has a lovely, powerful jump - and I understand it is hard to ride the motino when your horse takes off long and powerful. Been there, done that.

Remember - ride your horse to the base, wait for horses motion to lift you and close the angle, and remain supportive through seat, lower leg.

I love that you are looking up and ahead :) :) :) And you have a lovely strait back.

What I would recommend, is start buying Practicle Horseman - and read George Morris's critique will learn allot from him :) :) :)
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post #9 of 10 Old 03-15-2009, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, that was possibly the most helpful thing I have ever read.
Thanks ever so much! And I do love Practical Horseman. :)
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-15-2009, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer View Post
"Push your Toosh back, push your ta'ta's out* lol.
LOL! One of my trainer's always said "Show 'Em your a girl! lol Great job once again MIEventer!

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