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post #1 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Our Jumping!

This is Dreamer, he's my little Am QH. Say whatever you want, just go for it!! These pictures are all from this past month. We compete in local jumper stuff, and I've been doing hunter/jumpers for 13 years. I know my position isnt very hunter, but like I said, weve been doing jumpers. Please be as harsh as you want! Oh, and feel free to tell me how precious little Dreams is :)
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 02:44 PM
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I'll let others comment on your release. You're jumping hunter height, but I wonder why you're using a gag. ?
A snaffle would be better. Usually a gag is used for very strong eventers bc they get heady.
I like your horse's form and your seat.
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Dreams is a little bit heady :/, he can get a little strong
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post #4 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 02:58 PM
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That headiness will get worse. I'd like to suggest that you train it out of him this year. One way is to drop the jumps to cross-bars and trot and walk him up to the jumps and over. Also, head him towards a jump and turn a stride before to school a pattern. A good jumping horse should be able to jump a small hurdle from a halt.
ALL of these things will get him to listen to you better, and not "take the bit in his teeth," so to speak.
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Gotcha! I'll talk to my trainer about this
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 05:06 PM
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The only thing I noticed what you seem to be sitting down a little too soon during the landing. Picture 4 is the one I noticed this in. But you look great, and your horse is beautiful :)

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post #7 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 05:28 PM
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Your Elbows seem to be sticking out alot, try to keep them to you sides. Are you not releasing so much over the jumps to keep control of him? Just wondering cause you said he was heady.
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Live2ride, yes that's why I'm Doing that, although It looks hideous! Haha. And thanks hailey
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is it that she gets fast or gets heavy?and is it a gag or an elevator? Gags are used with two reins, not one. Elevators are not to SLOW the horse down they are to help the rider lighten the forhand easier. They are popular with eventers, jumpers, and fox hunters and those who own draft crosses. You are fine to use this bit at the lower level but maybe try it on the big circle for a while and only use the lower circle if you need a quick tune up. I showed 2'6"-3' in an elevator like yours on the recommendation of an olympic rider. I would say they know what they are talking about! :)
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post #10 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Strawberryfields, its an elevator bit, not a gag. A happy mouth 2 ring elevator. And yes I would also say an olympic rider knows what they are talking about!! My trainer is a USHJA judge and recommended it to me, id also say she knows what she's talking about! :)
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