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post #1 of 16 Old 06-14-2009, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Critique Red and Me

My friend for some reason didn't get any flat pictures, sooo please critique these jumping pictures.

So I just realized that I've never gotten pictures of me landing before, so at this point, should I still be in the two-point?


Here I'm jumping ahead, leg isn't stable and has swung back, my back is roached. Anything else?


My calf contact still isn't correct here...
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-14-2009, 04:11 AM
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U should also release more :)
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-14-2009, 05:10 AM
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yeah, you need a bit more of a relase, and in the last picutre your toes are sticking out a bit.

Otherwise, yeah just the bits you mentioned. I think you look great though overall! and so does red. very pretty horse.

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You are doing a lot of things right, keeping your eyes/head up, your leg position doesn't look bad. Try to keep your upper body back, looks like you are anticipating his jump and leaning forward too much which inhibits his front end and causes you to have to brace on his neck. If you keep your seat closer to your saddle, and just close your hip angle, rather than letting your body go forward, you'll be more balanced and able to release without bracing. Let your elbows open up and release but keep your body more stable. He looks like he is a willing jumper. If you can, practice jumping without reins and that will help you with your balance. Happy jumping!!

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-14-2009, 11:58 AM
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make sure you dont round your back
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You are doing a lot of things right, keeping your eyes/head up, your leg position doesn't look bad. Try to keep your upper body back, looks like you are anticipating his jump and leaning forward too much which inhibits his front end and causes you to have to brace on his neck. If you keep your seat closer to your saddle, and just close your hip angle, rather than letting your body go forward, you'll be more balanced and able to release without bracing. Let your elbows open up and release but keep your body more stable. He looks like he is a willing jumper. If you can, practice jumping without reins and that will help you with your balance. Happy jumping!!
Thanks for the critiques. Just to clarify, which picture is it that you see me bracing on his neck? I can see where you're coming from in the second picture, but even there, although I'm clearly unbalanced, I'm not holding on to his neck.

And my back has been an ongoing issue. Any ideas on exercises to help strengthen the back?
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-14-2009, 06:30 PM
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It just looks like in the last two pictures you are resting/putting some weight on your hands, which look like they are on his neck. Not that you are holding on to it or anything. Lots of lunge line work without reins in two point would help.
You look great though! :)
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The reason you have no release is because you're balancing on your horses mouth, always grab mane not mouth. Bring your shoulders back and do some two-point on the flat with no stirrups and no reins, this will strengthen your core and help you a lot over fences.
And yes, in the first picture you shouldn't be sitting nor in a whole two-point, but a half seat.
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-14-2009, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the clarification.

Unfortunately, I don't have opportunities to ride on a lunge line, and at the moment, no horses that are sane without reins. Thank you for the suggestions though.
I should have been more specific. Any exercises I can do without a horse?
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-15-2009, 12:06 AM
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A little more release with your elbows tucked in following would make it look better! Try to focus putting a dip in your back and that wil keep you from rounding it, also the landing picture looks fine! When you start jumping higher its better to stay in a small two point a little ways after landing like a stride or two because the landing is pretty rough!
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