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    10-12-2010, 10:22 AM
Critique Over Fences

Project horse from last summer (2009).

Project pony from this past summer (2010).

Equitation critique please
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    10-12-2010, 11:43 AM
Your form looks great!! Your shoulders are back, your back is straight, the only thing is that your leg is a little long to be jumping. That is not that big of deal, however I'd correct it :)

    10-12-2010, 12:04 PM
You have a nice form. The only thing is you should put your stirrups up about 2 holes. The horses look really good too. You trained them?
    10-12-2010, 12:48 PM
I do not really think your stirrups are too long for what you are doing.
    10-12-2010, 01:08 PM
Green Broke
Agreed, AB. I always like mine a bit longer on training horses than schoolmaster types. It is very easy for them to toss you if you don't have a long enough leg.
    10-12-2010, 01:30 PM
Green Broke
I have to jump with my sturrips longer or else I freak out. I don't feel secure therefore I don't do as well. If you feel your sturrips are fine then leave them. IMO if you can get into 2 point and jump your horse in an efficent manner than your fine.
    10-12-2010, 01:32 PM
Green Broke
I think they are a bit long, but I feel much more secure with shorter stirrups.
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    10-12-2010, 01:34 PM
Originally Posted by Sunny    
I think they are a bit long, but I feel much more secure with shorter stirrups.
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For me, yes they have to be shorter. I like short hunter princess stirrups myself.

But the OP has a bend to her knee and she does not look like she is reaching for her stirrups.

I think her crest release is a little exaggerated but nice and safe. She looks to have a good enough base that she should probably work on an auto release.
    10-12-2010, 04:00 PM
I agree with Always. I think the stirrups are fine. I ride with longer stirrups, and as long as you keep a good steady, consitent leg/form, then it should be fine.

I think both photos show great form. I would like to see an auto release.
    10-12-2010, 05:50 PM
I agree - the OP isn't reaching for her feet at all for a base of stability in her tack over fences - I see her heels are absorbing her bodies weight. If she were reaching for her toes, I'd say shorten them, but clearly they are at the correct length for this rider.

Now, if she were doing 5'0" fences, maybe - but meh.

With Hali - absolutely. I wholeheartedly agree. The Automatic Release should be used here, because the OP clearly has the ability to support her upper body with her lower body.

The Crest Release was created by GM with the intention for it to aid riders who cannot support their upper bodies through their lower bodies.

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