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post #11 of 17 Old 04-29-2013, 02:12 AM
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Subscribing to reply later. Agree wholeheartedly with Oxer. Lots of improvement, but lots needs to be worked on before course work, or bigger fences.


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post #12 of 17 Old 04-29-2013, 02:15 AM
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I think at this point you need to learn to feel your leads, because you look like you've gotten into the habit of looking for your leads in the air, and occasionally before you hit the jump, which can turn into tipping, then into stopping, then into eating dirt (ask me how I know).
Although I don't see an unbalanced rider at all, and think you did ride that course well... I'd like to see you comitting to your distances a little more, if you're GOING to take the long, push for the long, especially with a horse that's a bit of a greenie over fences. If you're confident, they're confident and you're less likely to stumble.
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post #13 of 17 Old 04-29-2013, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you alexis! I agree. I went back and watched and my "checking" is just too blatant. Also as my scoliosis affects my neck and shoulders, it's more difficult to look as "up". We've been working on gridwork pretty steady, and I will be taking the advixe given here and not jumping a course again without my instructor. I can see my weaknesses and above all else, I don't want my horse suffering and it appears she is slightly from my inability to stay as quiet as necessary and my horrible habit of collapsing to soon after a fence!

Thanks a ton guys, definetly a lot to work on and think about! I won't be showing this year, so hopefully a year of jumping lessons will have us blowing away the competition next year!

I've also changed Dressage coaches and although only 3 lessons in, we've made leaps and bounds in progess. So excited to re-evuluate in a year!
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post #14 of 17 Old 04-29-2013, 07:39 PM
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Great improvement! The biggest thing I see is you need to move with the horse. It is fine to get a bit more "defensive" before a jump - sitting up more - if you need it, but I saw you bouncing a little bit. You seem to be a little left behind and coming down into the saddle before you need to after the jump. Just hold your position before and after the jump and let your horse close your hip angle, a lot harder than it sounds! Also, I would highly recommend at least a few strides before the first jump, go into in more of a two point rather than just sitting in a light three point throughout the course.

Your horse is also rushing a little bit, make sure you keep him steady. It helps to count out in rhythm to the beats so you aren't tricking yourself into thinking your horse is steady. Jynx has a wonderful expression, just keep him steady, hold two point, and go with him!

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post #15 of 17 Old 04-30-2013, 09:19 PM
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Try holding your release longer and sitting up a little later after the jump . Also , it might help if you shorten your stirrups and keep a bit of bend in your knee (stick your booty out😜) and flatten our back over his neck a little more . Drop your boobs down and stick your butt out basically , love your horse too 😍
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post #16 of 17 Old 07-27-2013, 02:23 AM
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The first two pics...OH DEAR LORD! Awful. The next ones are SOOOO much better, I can tell you have worked hard. I comend you on recognizing that you needed improvement and taking action. Well done:)
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-28-2013, 03:48 PM
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Here are some tips. Put up a cross rail and continue jumping over until you feel like you are just automatically doing these things. Keep your hands up and elbows in. Remember to put the stirrup higher to the ball of your foot so that you can keep your heels down. Try turning your leg outside a bit so that you are not gripping with your knees. In your head try thinking "push my heels to the horses nose" It will help. We also don't want to be simply standing up in the saddle. We want to keep our butt centered in the in the middle of the saddle. Keep working on it.
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