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        12-08-2012, 11:55 PM
    Critique my jumping please? :)

    Hi everyone :)
    I'm planning on doing low-level eventing this summer but I know that my position over fences isn't that secure, so I'd really appreciate some criticism! I will probably be riding both of the horses in the pictures below - please critique me more than the horse (although if there's something you want to say about them feel free :) )
    So this is my horse Roxy, who's a 14 y/o Belgian/TB cross, when we were XC schooling last summer (uh...might actually have been the summer before last). This was her first time out on XC and she loved it :)

    And this is a horse I'm working with, Briosa. She just turned 7 and she's a QH/Friesan cross...she's VERY green for her age and this was a short course we did this September. Her form is usually a lot nicer and tighter than in these pictures, these were just the only good ones I could find. This is us in the warmup ring...
    And then this is the first jump in the stadium
    Let me know what you guys think!
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        12-09-2012, 12:04 AM
    Green Broke
    Your body looks strong and stable, good riding!
    Only suggestion from me is watch the length of rein when doing a bigger release over smaller jumps, nothing serious right now through these pictures but just keep that in mind, keep those shoulers back and that should help with your release :)

    Good looking!
        12-09-2012, 06:24 PM
    Your leg looks loose especially in the bottom 2 pictures(2nd pic in particular), you may have needed to shorten your stirrups there but its hard to tell as those 2 are not completely side view shots. Try to do lots of 2pt work in all gates as well and no stirrup posting to strengthen your leg!
        12-11-2012, 08:57 PM
    Hi! I think you could probably come a bit more up and out of your saddle and put your leg a little more steady. I'm not sure, I just feel like that would help you keep your stability a bit more. Please correct me if I'm wrong!
        12-11-2012, 09:26 PM
    Green Broke
    I agree that you need to stabalize your lower leg a little more and keep your heels pushed down and you leg underneath you. Your lower leg is like your seatbelt over the jump, if something goes wrong, your leg is going to be what saves you (most of the time). I think it would really help you if you spent some time doing two-point at trot and canter (even walk if you prefer). Doing two-point over poles on the ground (trot poles, canter poles) can really help as well. :)

    It'll help to develop the position and build your muscles to make your form look really nice over fences.

    I agree, that it looks like your stirrups could be made shorter by about a hole - but its hard to tell with the photos being 'face on'.

    It looks to me that your developing a bit of a 'chicken wing' arm. Try to remember to keep your elbows in some more. It'll take a lot of thinking about and reminding yourself at first. But soon, just like many other parts of riding you'll find that it will come naturally :).
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        12-11-2012, 10:58 PM
    Ever watch Fred Flintstone stop his car? I'm not saying shoot your legs out in front of you, but on approach to fence, pretend you're digging your heels into the ground below like your Fred Flintstone is about to go off a cliff. It's the finishing step I was missing for years and it makes all the difference in the world between true stability and just staying on.
        12-29-2012, 10:57 AM
    Again you might need to shorten your stirrups, you need more of a release so keep your reins a little longer so that when you jump you don't pull as much over the jump. I like how you keep your hands high on the horses neck good job! Just try to work on strengthening your legs by riding with no stirrups (try posting with none) hope I helped!!! Have fun!

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