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post #1 of 11 Old 03-29-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my jumping please?

This is my most recent video of me jumping, from a few weeks ago. After this I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis (liver and spleen inflammation) and I'm not allowed to ride for at least a month. So for that time I'm just trying to keep my equitation in mind and making a list of things to work on when I finally get back in the saddle.

Sorry about the bad quality!
Pick it to bits, be harsh, whatever I did win this class so I need some people to talk me down before it gets to my head too much ;)
I'm trying to get better here :P

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-29-2012, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Any critique is appreciated (:
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You seem to be giving a bit too much of a two-point in this video, the jumps are small so you really don't need to be coming up and out of the saddle so much. You can ride jumps that size almost like a canter stride, just closing your hip angle as you come over the jump. Aside from that I'd like to see you work on maintaining a quieter seat, either coming up into a quiet half-seat or sitting deeper to keep from bouncing on your horses back, by quieting your seat, you should be able to quiet your hands as well.
That was a really lovely change, there. C:
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The major this I could see (which granted wasn't a whole lot, I hate critiquing videos, you just can't see much!) is you really grip with your calf and are not stable much at all in your lower leg which translates up into balance insecurities in your upper body. Think about instead of needing to grip onto your horse by wrapping your legs around him - trusting in your equipment! Your saddle is strapped on his back, as long as you're balanced in the saddle, you'll be balanced over your horse. If you can do that, you can bring your leg off slightly - pushing weight down through your legs and letting them stabilize and become independent to your horses movement (a tale-tell sign that your gripping is your toes pointing out and knees completely off the saddle).
Think about it similar to this - the focus of all seats of riding is to manipulate and guide our horses bodies in a way that is predetermined, whether it be going through a course of hunter fences or a barrel racing pattern. We expect the horses to take guidance from only touch and verbal commands, so our bodies must be strong and independent of their movement so we can choose when to engage a cue and when not to. If you are trying to grip onto your horse, you're not stable as a rider and thus not independent. :)

Work on becoming stronger and really solidifying your leg so you can then focus on your upper body. :)
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Hard to tell but it looks like you've got a deathgrip on those reins and your arms aren't very forgiving. For little jumps it's not as important but as you move up your horse will really need to stretch forward. Make sure you don't discourage that in these early stages by hanging on her mouth. This is a little course and should be done slow and relaxed with a light contact on the reins.

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Hard to tell but it looks like you've got a deathgrip on those reins and your arms aren't very forgiving. For little jumps it's not as important but as you move up your horse will really need to stretch forward. Make sure you don't discourage that in these early stages by hanging on her mouth. This is a little course and should be done slow and relaxed with a light contact on the reins.
Really?
From what I've noticed I actually have the opposite problem- I let my reins get way too loose throughout the course and they're far too long for any sort of control by the end unless I shorten them somewhere in the middle. Maybe it wasn't as bad over this course, but I hope I haven't developed the opposite problem now!
I definitely do need to work on my release, too. Thanks :)

And to the two above, thank you, too! I see what you both mean and I'll make sure to work on those things when I can ride again.
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Really?
From what I've noticed I actually have the opposite problem- I let my reins get way too loose throughout the course and they're far too long for any sort of control by the end unless I shorten them somewhere in the middle. Maybe it wasn't as bad over this course, but I hope I haven't developed the opposite problem now!
I definitely do need to work on my release, too. Thanks :)

And to the two above, thank you, too! I see what you both mean and I'll make sure to work on those things when I can ride again.
Well Like I said, hard to tell. I don't mean so much that your reins are too tight, but that your hands are stiff and don't go forward when the horse jumps. It almost looks like your hands on resting on his neck going over the first fence.

VERY hard to tell though since the quality of the video isn't very good when I blow it up full screen.

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I think you look good, but I don't know if you're trying to do a light seat? In a light seat you need to be more secure and strong so your butt doesn't go slap slap on the saddle. Also if you're in a light seat, with jumps that height you don't have to worry about any upper body movement at all, just release with your hands

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I agree with what everyone said above. To add on, I noticed that you tend to lean towards the inside which ever direction you are going, especially around turns. This makes it harder to put your weight into your outside leg as you push your horse out with your outside leg because instead your weight is pushing towards the inside. I have a problem with this too, and although I understand that I am just creating more work for myself, it has become a habit. I noticed that when I apply all my weight to the outside half, my horse is easier to push outward.
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Looking at the first few jumps, it looks as if you have no release. I'm actually struggling with that too, it must be fairly common. If I release though, I have must better form.

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