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        06-08-2008, 06:58 PM
    Critique my jumping!

    I know my jumping position sucks. The pictures aren't very new but they're my newest ones. Please give tips.
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        06-08-2008, 07:09 PM
    I always do this in a list-type thing, please excuse me. (And to boot my brain is on the fritz, so I won't be doing a great critique)
    - the first thing that jumped out at me was that you're hollowing your back. Try and keep it straighter. It's good that you're looking up and not down, but you can still look up while maintaining a straight back.
    - elbows in, no chicken arms ;)
    - decide on a release and stick with it (auto, crest)... in the last picture you almost have your hands in your lap, your horse needs to use its head and neck over the jump, so you need to release... or your reins are much too long.
    - you're twisting your ankle out, try and keep your toe pointing forwards.

    I do like the nice strong base you seem to have (that I can tell from these pictures!), by that I mean your legs. They're looking okay, you don't seem to be gripping with your knees, kudos!
    Overall I think you have great potential, but your upper body needs some work ;) Keep up the good work, I'd love to see update pictures after you put some more work in!
        06-08-2008, 07:12 PM
    Thanks! Those pictures are pretty old! I'll try to get some new pics next Saturday!
    Thanks for the advice! My backs pretty much fixed and the releasing but I still have chicken wings!
        06-08-2008, 11:21 PM
    Your stirrups are much too short.

    They are pushing you on top of your pony like a pea on top of an elephant.

    Lower your stirrups, sink your weight onto your heels, anchor them at the girth. Now that you have a base from which to follow your horse, you can work on the rest of your position. Don't push off your toes. Relax your ankle and allow it to act as a shock absorber.

    Allow your horses thrust to close your hip angle. You are extremely ahead of his motion, right out of the saddle as a matter of fact. Don't thrust forward with your seat. Remain in two point on approach, take off and landing. You do nothing. Let your cute pony do his job.

    Because your too short stirrups are taking away your secure base, you are relying on your ponys mouth for support over the fence. Instead of pulling on his mouth to keep yourself from being left behind, press your hands halfway up his neck. This will offer you support as well as giving your pony freedom.

    Release with your reins, not with your upper body. Hands go forward. Upper body does not. Your elbows are sticking out because they have no where else to go. You've ducked so close to your ponys neck, and you've brought your hands back so far, that your elbows naturally are squeezed out to the sides.

    Good luck!!!!
        06-09-2008, 08:07 AM
    My stirrups were extremely short and my position is horrible.
    Most of the things wrong are now fixed except for the chicken wings. I'll probably get some pictures of my updated position sometime this week or so...
        06-09-2008, 01:06 PM
    Weanling look like a chicken. Get those wings in! Ans I agree eith just dressage it...put your hands out a little further because they are basically on your lap! Ok now im done because I am bad at critiques and yet I am always on the critique forum..mhmmm?

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