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post #1 of 7 Old 07-21-2009, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Critique my jumping/riding/pony

Okay so I just want to point out quickly that I do know that my toes are pointing out and my leg is slipping back and some points of how I could help to fix that is appreciated. And my pony is not a natural jumper since he has a short back and short legs. I am also a bit tall for him (he's 13.2). Other then this could you just tell me what you think of both me and my pony (not rude please)? I also was wondering what I should do with my elbows. Or is it normal to have them sticking out like they are in one of the pictures? Some pointers on what I can do to help Piccolo (my pony) with his jumping would be great too!
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-21-2009, 10:30 AM
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First off you guys look great together! A great team! I just have to say in the second picture you should make sure to steer your steed toward the middle of the fence. It will help both you and him. The elbows sticking out I'm not too sure about but I seemt o keep my elbows in. Don't know which way is preferred but hey. In the third picture you look to be standing in your stirrups a bit. Your right leg seems to be the problem in that one. If you can see it looks like your toe is pointing down. All in all though you look great and so does your adorable pony.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-21-2009, 10:42 AM
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It's hard to tell with pictures from the sides, but it looks like your leg has slid back. You mentioned this, so I suggest you really focus on sinking down into your heels and using the inside of your calf. Where your toes are doesn't matter, but if you use the right part of your leg to squeeze thy will come in.

You have chicken wings right now too, lol. Focus on tucking your elbows in, on the flat keep your elbows on your hips. It feels weird at first, but it will help you keep a straight line of contact with tbhe ponies mouth

Make sure you jump the middle of the jump

Other then those common problems, you guys look great! Keep up the great work!
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-26-2009, 01:21 AM
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I think that the problem with your elbows is coming with a problem with your release. It's hard to tell from this angle exactly, but it seems like you should be using a long crest release, where you move your hands up the horses neck and press your knuckles into his crest. It seems from the picture that your hands might be a little too close to your lap, basically giving you no where to put your elbows!

Your lower leg and toe will fix themselves as you do some work without stirrups and secure your seat. Otherwise you look great and have a solid foundation!
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-26-2009, 04:59 PM
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like the other said your elbows need to be tucked in more... and i can't tell from these pictures or not but you may need to give your pony a bit more release over the jumps...cute pony!!!(:
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-26-2009, 05:22 PM
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thank goodnesss you noticed your elbows ;)
i had a friend of mine who had the same issue with her elbows. she was told over and over again that she was catching her pony in the mouth so she thought for some weird reason that throwing them out to the side would help?!? but my coach told her over and over again instead of realising out like that put your elbows in your side and put your hands forward. like find a part on your ponies neck where you want to reach everytime.. it will teach you not to chicken wing your arms as we like to call it hahah..

also i noticed in the first photo it looks as if your pony is being caught in the mouth, that can also be helped out by not releasing outward, releasing forward so your pony doesnt get caught in the mouth :)

other then that you look like your having fun ! keep it up!
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-28-2009, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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More pictures!

I have some other pictures (one from the side) but it won't fit onto this thread, the computer is having issues. If you go to my barn/horses and look at impressive attire (piccolo) there is a picture of me jumping from the side on there and one of us jumping a very low cross country jump in the early spring, sorry that the pictures aren't the best quality. :) Thanks for all the comments so far and I have been working on my elbows and I think my seat is slowly getting better. I have been doing some more flatwork/dressage since that's what I have done most my riding "life" but it is helping me and my pony to go back to it since we haven't done much hard core flatwork in awhile! His form is a lot better and I have been stretching forward a bit (I think)!
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