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post #1 of 29 Old 05-12-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my jumping please!

Okay, so... I have never had lessons... ever, never (*sad face*) and have taught myself how to ride, 100 percent. I started riding English less than a year ago, and fell in love with jumping. Before I started riding English, I did TONS of bareback jumping, which I think helped me more than I could imagine. So... I have been jumping (with a saddle) for about 6 months... Okay, I have a video from a week or so ago, of one jump, that I would please LOVE critique on.

ALSO, I am fully aware my stirrups are too long for jumping, for sure, (I didnt shorten them after I was done on the flat) And I think its what makes me look like Im in a chair seat coming up to the jump... and riding away...? -_- Anyway, please critique... the one single jump... Thanks

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that's downright lovely! i'm going to say to be more aware of your heel. You do jump like a bareback rider. So in the saddle you will have much more ability to push that weight in to your heel. But your balance is impeccable, your release is polite, and your horse is keen. I love it. Keep jumping, my friend!
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Just a question...
Are you wearing sneakers?
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that's downright lovely! i'm going to say to be more aware of your heel. You do jump like a bareback rider. So in the saddle you will have much more ability to push that weight in to your heel. But your balance is impeccable, your release is polite, and your horse is keen. I love it. Keep jumping, my friend!
That is SO encouraging!!! Thank you so much! Okay, I will work on heels down. It is a problem, that I remember coming up to the jump, then when he leaves the ground, I usually forget about it... Heh. WIll try harder on it though!!! Thank you, again! Ahh, one question, am I sitting back to fast? Should I remain in the two point a little longer?

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Are you wearing sneakers?
... LOL, why yes I am. Havent saved up enough $$$$ for the tall boots of my dream So I make do with what I have!
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you're sitting back a wee bit early. But i'm not too worried about that here. You're not jumping a huge fence, and you're definitely not catching your horse in the mouth.
I think once you get stronger and you get the feel of the whole body mechanics behind jumping, you'll be just fine.

And just a side note... I appreciate that you're wearing shoes at all. albeit a bit unsafe, it's better than the things i see from time to time on this forum of people riding without shoes at all!! No thank you.
Also, your decision to wear a helmet is something i also appreciate VERY much when choosing to jump.
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ok not to hijack your thread Gallop On you look great for teaching yourself BTW! but i just want to ask why she Gallop isn't getting the butchering i got in my thread about teaching myself to jump. I haven't don't anything different than she has and i got trampled over on here.

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Im obviously not an english rider, but you looked fabulous to me!! :)

That's awesome that you taught yourself, I think you looked fantastic!! :)
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ok not to hijack your thread Gallop On you look great for teaching yourself BTW! but i just want to ask why she Gallop isn't getting the butchering i got in my thread about teaching myself to jump. I haven't don't anything different than she has and i got trampled over on here.
Shaggy, while i did not see your thread. I will tell you my own personal feelings about teaching yourself how to jump...
Most of us are pretty normal folks. While there may be some very wealthy people on this forum, the majority is likely people whom are unable to afford all the wonderful luxuries that wealthy folks can have in regards to our sport, and horse ownership in general. So while i don't LOVE people just flopping around willy nilly on their horses back in an attempt to teach themselves how to jump, i also understand that not every town has an affordable and convenient jumper trainer.
I personally, see nothing wrong with anyone hopping over a small fence from time to time. There are youtube vids, books, magazines, and even forums , where you can learn what you're doing wrong and how to address it. It might very well be that whatever you are/were doing with your horse was unsafe and or offensive riding. But to me, if you're having a good time, being safe, and the horse is clearly alright with the whole thing, then you just keep doing what you enjoy!
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Thanks Oxer very well said. I've been trotting cross rails and ground poles but apparently since i have issues with the canter i shouldn't even being doing that according some people on this forum. once again sorry for kinda hijacking your thread Gallop On

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Ground poles are absolutely fine, it's the crossrails that make not being able to canter unsafe. I think it's great that you've decided to take it slow, if you do it properly; you could end up juming beautifully like Gallop On, maybe she can give you some tips? :)
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