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    10-13-2010, 10:07 PM
Critique my new mare's jump..?

Im pretty happy considering I was told she's only jumped up to 60cm, yet here she is flying over 1m. The girl riding her is a friend, who, as I can see clearly has her bum up in the air! But no critiques on her please, I would like to hear your opinion on my girl! She's just turned 7 and is starting her eventing career (hopefully!)

Be a harsh as you want, thank you
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    10-13-2010, 10:08 PM
    10-13-2010, 10:10 PM
And this one too, rider and horse critiques are fine!
    10-13-2010, 10:18 PM
She's really cute! I like her jump - nothing fancy, but clean & looks very powerful and scopey. Her knees are nice and even, though I'd like to see them higher & more in front of her, she's compensating well by tucking those feet up. Her crookedness in the second pic doesn't bother me much, but I'd recommend that she wear some bell boots & splint boots on those front legs for jumping.

I'm curious though, why do you only have pics of your friend jumping her?

What level of eventing are you planning to do with her?
    10-13-2010, 10:20 PM
She twists in the air, and doesn't snap her knees up completely. It will be interesting to see what she does over a larger jump.
    10-13-2010, 10:21 PM
I recently had a fall for another horse of mine which has left my back pretty destroyed! Hence why I have others riding her at the moment, which she's coping well with. Im on the mend though, thank god..
    10-13-2010, 10:24 PM
Originally Posted by Charis    
She twists in the air, and doesn't snap her knees up completely. It will be interesting to see what she does over a larger jump.

Yeah, I've noticed that in photos. Over the jumps it doesnt feel as though she does, but yes its quite obvious particularly in the second photo. Im not sure why she does this.. and ideas? She does get her leads mixed up so that could possibly be where it comes from.
    10-13-2010, 10:29 PM
Also, in the last pic, with you riding her, it looks like you're getting ahead of her rhythm in the trot - you're already so up and forward in your posting, and she hasn't even pushed off with that right hind leg yet. Try to relax and just let her momentum push you up.

One other thing that I just noticed. Her fetlocks seem to sink a lot in motion, which concerns me. That can cause an incredible amount of strain on the tendons and ligaments. I would look into corrective shoeing, as horses with this issue don't commonly stay sound past 10 years old. :(
    10-13-2010, 10:32 PM
Originally Posted by Charis    
She twists in the air, and doesn't snap her knees up completely. It will be interesting to see what she does over a larger jump.
I only notice her doing that in the second pic, in which the rider is also leaning to the right. My bet? Crooked rider is causing crooked horse. If this is common though and happens with different riders, I'd have her checked out by a chiropractor.
    10-13-2010, 11:37 PM
You can't tell how crooked a horse is from a side-on pic, unfortunately. The rider is crooked, but generally it won't make a horse that crooked. I'd bet the horse does that no matter what the rider is doing.

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