critique my riding/jumping please :)

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    02-29-2012, 10:31 PM
critique my riding/jumping please :)

Okay so I've gotten brave enough to post the first videos I've ever had of myself riding... So I've never seen myself ride before (never even had pics taken before) so please be kind, though truthful! :)

Sorry for the horrible quality of them :( and the girl recording them was on her horse so that's why it's a bit shaky in some parts. I will be sure to get a better camera out soon to take some more pictures/videos. :)

It was only I think my third time riding the bay mare, Honey. She's very "speedy" and does not like to take it slow, so I was trying to keep her calm.

This is me and my horse, Hunter. A lesson girl was riding him today but he was being lazy and refusing a lot with her, so I got on him for a minute to remind him he had to listen to his rider. I normally ride him with really loose reins but he kept trying to go around the jumps...

I do notice I'm kind of jumping ahead and probably leaning forward while riding a bit too much, but what do yall see that I need to work on?

PS: these are from today, my second day back jumping after a 3 week break after bruising my tailbone/lower back..
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    03-01-2012, 12:13 AM
    03-01-2012, 01:39 AM
It is pretty hard to critique, as the clarity and angles are poor. I would recommend not leaning so forward on the flat and be careful not to sit back down too quickly after the jump. Also, and again I can not tell 100%, but you may need to give a tad bit more release.
    03-01-2012, 01:43 AM
Also, are you purposely wanting the horses to jump over the puddles?
    03-01-2012, 08:06 AM
Ha yeah... I didn't think she'd jump over it the first time I did it, but the girl video taping was the horse owners daughter and she wanted to see her jump it a few times. I was also thinking I needed more release and to watch how quickly I came down but I didn't know if it was just my perfectionist coming out lol. Thanks! I knows they aren't the best quality to critique, I'll try to get better ones up soon. Figured I'd see what I could get as feedback for right now though. :)
    03-01-2012, 10:59 PM
a few better pics/ video

I talked my bf into going to the barn with me today, so he took a bunch of pictures and a video of my riding. The more I look at them the more I cringe- I know I can ride better than that! So please give me some tips as to what exactly I should focus on working on! :)

As said in the OP, I'm still getting "back in shape" from my fall a few weeks ago since I've taken it easy on my back. I am soo stiff!

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    03-01-2012, 11:24 PM
I actually like your position between fences. It is a tad forward but you look balanced over your horse. If you can assume that same position without touching your horse's neck for balance, it's the right spot. On approach to fences, maybe assume a more full or light seat. Just get a little closer to the tack and open your chest to give your horse a little balancing half halt before he has to jump. I like that you do very little with your upper body over the fences. Release could be a tad more, but it's adequate for what you're jumping.
    03-01-2012, 11:33 PM
I agree with Myboypuck. Keep a little closer to the saddle over the fences to ensure you don't fall into the habit of overjumping. That will also help to make sure your leg does not slip back either, as long as you keep your weight in your stirrups. Your release looks okay, but I personally would give just a tad bit more. You do look a little stiff in the video, but I know you already mentioned that. Good job though!
    03-01-2012, 11:34 PM
I am trying to loosen back up a bit, so I know I'm a bit "tight" going over the jumps and I need to be closer down to the seat and back a tad. Should I be sitting deeper into the saddle at all or no? I feel like I'm almost standing up at the canter between jumps (and I didn't look quite like that before I bruised my tailbone/lower back).

Releasing more is something I'm trying to work on, but some of the horses I ride, if you give too much release they take advantage of it so it's been a balancing act learning when is enough or too much.

Do you think I'm jumping ahead at all?
    03-01-2012, 11:39 PM
You are standing up kinda cross country style. If that's not your intent, than yes, sit down more.

I don't think you're jumping ahead. It's more like you just assumed one position and never altered it at all. Your horse jumps a little on his forehand most likely because you're already up there in jumping position over his shoulders long before he leaves the ground. About 4 or 5 strides out, just sit up for the remaining strides before the fence. It will serve as an automatic half halt and help your horse jump better.

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