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    10-15-2011, 11:04 AM
Critique Please

And for the heck of it, some pictures from a year ago.

-Taken by Mills Equine Photography, purchased by me.

Go ahead and critique my jumping position and eq, and critique my mare as well.
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    10-15-2011, 11:23 AM
Warning: I'm a bad critiquer but let's give this a try...

All I have to say is I'm extremely jealous of your EQ.

2nd Pic: You're maybe leaning on the neck a tad? (Or maybe it just looks like that because of your sleeves? Idk.) And looks to me like you have a little too much of a release, also.

4th Pic: Heels!

I can't really find anything wrong with the others. SUPER job!!!
    10-15-2011, 12:52 PM
Also muchos jelous! The only thing extra I'll point out is, as my instructor calls it, quack toes Keep them pointing towards the horses ears, I have to think to do this all the time xD
    10-15-2011, 02:02 PM
You have great position : ) your horse is beautiful as well
    10-15-2011, 09:27 PM

@RunJumpRide: I probably am. I'll watch that from now on, exaggerated releases are my specialty. And on the fourth, I just realized that! I really don't remember that course, except for that she was going quick, but that's no excuse, so yep, another thing!

@HorseyyGal: Will work on it. What picture is it happening the most in, so I can make sure to prevent it? Probably all, since it seems like a recurring thing.

@anbrady90: Thanks! Emma says that she already knows she's beautiful.

And @All, thank you for the nice comments on my Eq, it's difficult to work on on a green horse, but glad to hear we are making it happen.
    10-15-2011, 11:24 PM
You look nice! As already stated, you are bringing your upper body too close to your mare's neck over fences. If I were you, I would think about shortening your stirrups a hole. Your leg looks secure, but I think that shortening them may improve your riding and allow you to stay off your horse's back over larger fences.

Your position looks secure, and if you are a consistent rider with a strong position I would think about beginning to learn an automatic release. Of course, I'd talk with your trainer and ask them to help you. I find it extremely helpful to be able to go between a crest and auto release depending on the situation, and I really do think that being able to use both releases adds finesse to your riding.
    10-15-2011, 11:42 PM
First Picture: You got to a good distance but your horse didn't plant his hind feet as well as he could have. Nevertheless, he is jumping with his knees dead even and up high enough. He isn't jumping super round or super flat. Your heels are lovely, as is is your posture. You didn't jump abead or get left behind. You broke over a little too close to the neck instead of showing body control but overall, awesome job!
Second Picture: Not quite as good. Your horse is better on his hind end but his knees aren't even, he's "mid-air cantering" with his front legs. I think a ground line in front of the jump rather than behind it would help. Your heel is just level rather than down and your seat is too high off the saddle. Sink down into your heels and let your knee bend a little more. You have less release but you're not pulling on the mouth, you know what your horse needs but he might jump rounder with more release.
Third Picture: I understand that it's old but I'll critique what I see. Your horse is trailing behind and needs more leg aid and engagement. Your heels are down, but not as far as they could be. Try to bring your leg back an inch or so and push down into your heels. Your seat looks quite nice, as does your posture. Your elbows don't have quite enough bend in them. Lift your hands just a little so you have a straight line from elbow to bit.
Fourth Picture: Your horse, rather than tucking his legs in, just overjumped. Overjumping isn't a bad thing but it isn't ideal to have his hooves out in front of the knees, it's just a little too loose. Your heel isn't down, try to sink into your heels and bring your seat closer to the saddle. Your posture is nice but you jumped up the neck a bit. Your shoulders are quite stiff, bring them back and relax. It looks like you need to shorten your reins on the approach because your hands are just above the withers but your reins are swinging in the wind haha. Too much release is better than not enough though.
You have improved a lot in the last year, you look great in the latest ones!

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