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post #1 of 5 Old 05-24-2010, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Critique My Riding Please.

Hi, i'm a new member of the forum, haven't done anything like this before we go. i have been out of riding for just over a year and i now have a loan horse. I've only ever had 2 jumping lessons so I'm no Olympic superstar.

also, i know i sound stupid saying 'Whoa' but he's kinda voice activated.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-24-2010, 02:22 AM
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First thing I noticed is that you really, really need to shorten your stirrups at least a hole, possibly two. When you do this you'll be able to more easily get those heels down and have a good base of support. It looks like right now it's hard for you to get up off his back and that shorter stirrup length will help.

You're also anticipating his jump and because of that you're getting ahead of him then coming down too soon and bumping him in the mouth. Be patient. He looks quite capable and I'm sure he knows what he's doing. Get into a bit of a 3-point position and grab onto mane as you go over. Honestly though the best thing for you right now is to look for a trainer to take jumping lessons with. Personally I don't think it's safe nor fair to you or the horse if you're just muddling along on your own. A lesson once a week or once every two weeks wouldn't hurt.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-24-2010, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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yeah the stirrups was the thing that irratates me the most as i have short legs and those stirrup leathers are the owners'. There are no more holes in the leathers, I'm on the top hole.

Thanks for the comment, I'l ask when the next novice jumping lesson is on at my yard.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-24-2010, 04:38 AM
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Wrap 'em!
I had when I rode at my old barn, it didn't hurt the saddle, so unless the owner is super strict, go ahead and wrap them until they fit you.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-24-2010, 05:14 AM
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Yepp. We do it all the time :) It doesn't hurt the saddle at all. I noticed your legs are slipping back but I bet this is because of your stirrup length! Keep working on it and you will be great.

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