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post #1 of 30 Old 09-09-2009, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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critique for my riding (and a little jumping) 5 pics

I've been riding for about 2 years. Just started cantering about a month ago and have been jumping for like half a year. i have had my friends and others at my barn critique me but i would like a lot of opinions. Please be honest and constrctive but please no nasty comments. I'm riding a 24 year old quarter horse mare named nimble so in some pictures my legs are out im probley giving her a kick.


1st pic: me jumping a small vertical (or whatever you wanna call it. my trainer calls it a vertical but i've heard others too)
2nd: me posting
3rd: stopping
4th: walking
5th: my legs

if you would like more pics i have a few more of me jumping and troting. none of me cantering but i will get them soon

thanx for your help
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post #2 of 30 Old 09-09-2009, 07:38 PM
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You 2 look really cute together!
On the jumping picture,I would put your chest & shoulders alittle more forward, other than that, Great job!
As for the flat, make sure you keep your leg back more.You should have a straight line from your ear to your hip to your ankle.Also, keep your elbows bent alittle more.
As I said before, you 2 look amazing & your doing a great job!:)
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post #3 of 30 Old 09-09-2009, 07:55 PM
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You started jumping BEFORE you started cantering?

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post #4 of 30 Old 09-09-2009, 08:38 PM
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^ Was about to post the same thing. That's WAY off. You should have all three gaits down solidly before even thinking about jumping.
I know it's not you who made the decision, but your trainer, but in my opinion that is very wrong.

I give myself very good advice, But I very seldom follow it
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post #5 of 30 Old 09-11-2009, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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well thank you to the person who actually critigued my RIDING.
she believes that you have to have a strong control of your horse bfore cantering and also it was the way she was taught and everyone at my barn. my trainer says eveyone does it differently and you shouldnt be jugmental. i asked you to tell me about my riding....not how i was trained and it really is kinda disrespectful to say its wrong. i understand you arent blaming it on ME. but still! people are trained differently. i bet i could say some stuff you kearned was "off" or wrong! its not about how you were trained that makes you a good rider. its how you ride now at this moment in time.

yes i did started jumping before cantering. and im sorry if you feel different but please tell me how my riding is in the pictures

Thank you so much for saying we are cute together :) im going to be showing her this fall

thanx again for the comments

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I jumped before I learned to canter. It just depends on the instructor. I think you need to learn timing at the slower gaits before rushing right into the canter. I trotted little verticals before I was even stable at the canter.

Anyways, you too really do look great! I agree with the previous suggestions. Your elbow needs to bend a bit on the flat. Your jumping position looks pretty good but you need to put your heels down. I don't know if that was you giving her encouragement or what but your foot seems a little flat in the stirrup. Otherwise you look GREAT! Good luck with your showing this fall.

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post #7 of 30 Old 09-11-2009, 04:08 PM
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I have seen tons and tons of walk/trot kids jumping 18 inch courses in walk/trot classes that have not cantered yet...

I think you look pretty good. You need to get your weight down into your heel, Make sure you are not lifting your toes up, but pushing your heels down...

be sure to align your heel to your hip to your shoulders...sit up strait and have fun! You guys are cute together...

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post #8 of 30 Old 09-11-2009, 04:36 PM
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LOL @ posters 3 and 4.... seriously guys....

On to the actual critique - I actually think the second poster summed it up well - I would agree with everything she said but personally would not go any further forward with the jumping possie, and try put a little more weight through your heels (nb: heel comment for jumping pic only) - but thats me... :)

It looks like you are learing all the basics really well and you pony seems really kind as well - WHich really helps...

I love the way you and your pony match colour wise - Yourll have to post more pics up on here when ou get them :)
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I like the way you seem to be trying to ride with a light hand. Having more bend in your elbows will help you with that as you go on to more difficult things - you will have more give and take between your horses mouth and your hands.
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post #10 of 30 Old 09-11-2009, 05:10 PM
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I'm learning jump and canter at the same time.
We work on the canter more than jumping... I think my instructor just throws a bit of jumping in so I can have some fun (I hate hate hate cantering... )

I'm not really a good critiquer...
Pic 4 is a bit arm chair-y... thats all I got...
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