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post #1 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Critique My Riding... Please :)

This is me and my 13 y/o QH. I rode H/J for 12 years until switching to barrel racing. My dad wasn't really into the "English Thing" as he called it. Ahaha. Anyways, here's a video of me and Blondy jumping. She hasn't really jumped too much, this probably her maybe 5th time ever jumping? I wanted to start showing her this spring, but due to a injury, and a sweeny shoulder, she's un-rideable for a while.
Either way, I'd just like to know how me and her are doing and what we should improve on.
Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/J0qlNCXG3aY
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 06:16 PM
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hey, Its a really short video so its hard to get a good idea of how you ride, overall id say your position is nice, Id maybe suggest softening your hands slightly, and I couldnt help but notice that stright after the jump your horse is just falling around the corner, id suggest maybe putting a cone in the corner after the jump or a pole on the ground to keep you straight, do you get what I mean? It might be a good idea if youv access to some more jumps training through a grid of cross poles, great excerise for balance and working on your horses stride for lengthing and shortening..
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You need to lower and quiet your hands and become more still with your upper body... Bring your shoulders back, as well. Your leg is swinging around a lot. Your legs back under you... there should be a straight line from your head to your hip to your heel. Also, bring your elbows in. "Scoop ice cream" with your seat.

Also, wear a helmet.

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post #4 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 06:19 PM
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Well I must say I like how she jumps. :)

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post #5 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 06:21 PM
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Also, wear a helmet.
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am just after spotting that! Lol good point! I remember riding without my hat once, never felt so unsafe!
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post #6 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 06:36 PM
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I think it would help you to shorten your stirrups and work on 2 pointing over the jumps, it looks like right now you're just tipping forward and sitting down really quick. Staying over in your 2 pt a second longer will help her get her back legs over if you ever put the jumps up higher. Otherwise you look pretty good, like you hands a lot, and cute horse!
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 06:54 PM
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What kind of bit are you using there? Hard to see, but looks like either some sort of curb or a hackamore. Since your hands struggled a bit to follow well, you should not use a curb/hackamore, IMO, but rather a snaffle, like a D ring.
Cute mare and your seat is not bad.
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 07:09 PM
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The thing I noticed most was your hands. You need to lower them, and keep them still and soft. It looks like you are thrusting them forwards and pulling them back. Also, as someone else said, keep your upper body still. Sit up straight but stay relaxed. Heels down, toes in!

I'm not an expert, just say what I see
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-04-2012, 04:08 PM
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looks like a tom thumb? Not sure if it is but doesn't look like you need as much as what your putting in your horses mouth..
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-04-2012, 05:01 PM
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Couple things I noticed for improvement -
Your hands need to be lower
Your upper body is too far forward, at the beginning your leg was too far forward then once you started to canter it slipped too far back
Your lower leg is very wiggly
I'd suggest shortening those stirrups a couple of holes for the jumping (makes it sooo much easier!)

Other than that I think you had a really nice rhythm over the jump, despite a slightly awkward position you seemed nice and balanced :)

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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