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post #1 of 3 Old 03-12-2012, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Critique My Young Sport horse (JUMPING) MANY PICS

I feel like the last shot is the best of us, I wasnt expecting such a big jump from him. He is still very green (been jumping for about 7 months now) we just started taking away the stride pole, as we are seeing what we need to work on before show season. We start our rides with leg yeilds lots of figure eights, thuaghts of just relaxing, and then always in our jump lesson start with trot poles.

We have our first show in May, we will be showing jumpers. I have not been in the show ring in many years and this iwll my babies first time. We are planning on a few feild trips before the show to see how he does and know what to expect.

I am so proud of my little man! He tries so hard. He is very scopey, my trainer says he could easily go up to 4'3 but we dont wantto make that heinght a career for him so our big picture goal is to show 3'3-3'6 in ever long that takes.

He isnt just a jumper but we are workingon our dressage work alot as well, right now we are doing pretty good at training level and hopefully next year will be at 1st level at home in lessons, weather we can take that to shows then or not we will see.

What do you see?
I know there is alot of work I need to do. Really working on my shoulers. I throw my body to the left to proect my right side (old injuries) and I dont even know it till Im sore after my ride. Also really working on shoulders back...ugh thats a hard one for me. my hands are wide sotimes just cause he is green nad needs confidance, my legs are futher back then I like as he would spring over it with lots of UMPF over it with his front end
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-12-2012, 03:20 PM
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Picture 1: relax your shoulders and bring your hands up till they are level with where your belt would be. Your stirrups also look short to me.

Picture 2: Pick up your wrists, you are jumping ahead a little bit, lower your hands at least 2 inches, and your lower leg has slipped back. It also looks like you are not in balance with your horse, and that you are reaching for your stirrups. I would bring your stirrups up a hole or 2 (depending on your leathers).

Picture 3: Same as picture 2 except you are in balance with your horse.

Picture 4: Same as picture 3.

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post #3 of 3 Old 03-12-2012, 09:06 PM
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You've got piano or puppy-paw hands o/f and you seem to get way ahead of your horse. In the last photo, along with being ahead of the horse, you've broken over quite a bit and your chest would be hitting the horse's neck, if it weren't for your hands. While your legs are under your hips, because you're jumping ahead, it's causing your legs to shift back behind the girth.

Your horse is quite cute and his knees are up and square! I don't think you'll have an issue with knocking rails with him ;) The only thing I can see -and it's being nitpicky- is that his hind legs aren't together. I can't tell because you don't have any of him taking off, but they might not be pushing off at the same time.

That's about all I can see. Fix your timing and you'll be perfect!

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