Critique my jumping position please! - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 8 Old 09-12-2012, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my jumping position please!

Firstly I'll just say neither of these horses are mine, they belong to friends', so please no critique on them, just me please!

I've been jumping very irregularly for about a year now, nothing regular, just when I ride friends' horses and they say fancy having a jump, I do lol. So I've not really been taught to jump in lessons per say, but my instructor has given me a couple of tips when she's seen me jump.
So that being said, please rip away at my jumping position! I realise in some of the pictures I have no head but I thought I'd put them anyway because it gives you a clearer look at leg/body/hand position.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-12-2012, 03:53 PM
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You look pretty high out of the saddle. Also I really noticed that you have no support through your lower leg, and your heel is up instead of down. I think you need to be tighter over the jumps.
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You look pretty high out of the saddle. Also I really noticed that you have no support through your lower leg, and your heel is up instead of down. I think you need to be tighter over the jumps.
Thanks for the comments! But can you just clarify what you mean by 'tighter' please? It's just not a term I've heard in relation to jumping before :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-12-2012, 08:32 PM
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Like keep your body closer to the saddle, tighten up your lower leg. Have more contact with the horse.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-13-2012, 01:53 AM
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hmmm... i'd say you have some work to do before you should be jumping that big.
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I would do LOTS of flat work and some in two-point. It will help strengthen your core and teach you proper leg position before you try it over jumps. You need a much more stable leg.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-14-2012, 06:36 PM
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One of the immediate things that stands out in these pictures are your heels. Keep them down! If they're not down, you're less likely to remain in the saddle (I've learned from experience over the past 9 years). It'll also help you with your balance.

Additionally, don't stand up that far in the saddle. In other words, keep your butt closer to the saddle. There shouldn't be that much empty space between your butt and the saddle. When you're standing up like that, you also want to bend at the waist, stretching your arms forward to release your horse's mouth. You're just almost standing straight up, instead of leaning forward.

Also, stay in the saddle for nearly twice the amount of time that you are currently. You should be in two-point position until your horse's hind legs touch the ground. In several of the pictures, you had already regained your seat while your horse was in midair.

I would also work on tightening your leg. Majorly. It appears to have slid quite a bit from these pictures.

Lastly, due to your lack of jumping experience and your form over these jumps, you should definitely not be jumping that high. It's putting both you and the horse in danger if you are so inexperienced with regards to jumping. Try something small, or even trotting over ground poles.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-18-2012, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips guys, I'll keep it low, or even flat, and work on those things you mentioned.
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