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post #1 of 8 Old 07-06-2014, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Critique Rider/Horse in 3'3

Hey everyone :)
If you guys could please critique this video recorded in February of me and my thoroughbred jumping 3'3 I would really appreciate it.
Any and all critiques welcome :)

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-07-2014, 02:15 AM
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Sorry but the video has permissions up that do not allow users to see on mobile phones or iPads...
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-07-2014, 04:33 PM
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I won't say too much, but first off I love how happy and eager your horse looks when he's jumping. He seems very happy:)
The major thing I noticed was your seat. I think you sit back a tad too much. Bring your body a hair more forward, and you will look 10 times better! The rider should be completely vertically when riding. Plus, sitting too far forward, or too far backward throw yours, and your horse's balance off. Personally, I know when I sit too far back, I don't feel as "in control"; therefore, if you sit more forward, it will improve your position which will then make you feel more balanced and help you control your horse more.
As far as your horse, I felt that sometimes he rushed to the fences. Of course this is expected because a lot of horses get excited when jumping. I'd recommend doing work with smaller jumps and making him trot over them. Cantering allows a horse to get too fast whereas with trotting, they have to think more about their stepping and stride into the jump. Putting ground poles in front and after a smaller jump and making him trot over it will definitely help with his 'rushiness'.
All I got for now:)
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-10-2014, 11:54 AM
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I think you look fantastic!
If I had anything to say, it would be to make sure you aren't sitting down too early after the jump.
Also, on your little 'oops' jump, I'm sure you know what went wrong there :p What I see is just a little over-anticipation to the jump, throwing you both off balance and stumbling over. It happens to the best of us!

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-10-2014, 02:18 PM
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I'm no expert, but I agree with both of these posts. You lean back a little bit too much. With that being said, it's actually rerfreshing to see someone not lean into the jump ahead of the horse constantly - other than your one oops moment, your moving pretty dang well with your horse.

And you also sit back in your seat a little too early. Be sure to give your horse plenty of time to lift and bring his hind legs over the jump.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-11-2014, 05:35 AM
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A lot of cross cantering going on, which means you need to help your horse find his balance and step underneath himself.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-17-2014, 02:17 PM
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It looks like he hesitates before almost every jump? I have no room to critique, but it was something that stuck out when I watched your video.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-22-2014, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by jcraig10 View Post
It looks like he hesitates before almost every jump? I have no room to critique, but it was something that stuck out when I watched your video.
Not every jump, but when he chips in.

OP, I think you guys still need to work on rhythm a little bit in between jumps. It seems like whenever you pull him back it messes up his striding and he has to chip. Perhaps not pull back so much and instead half-halt your horse? Just something I noticed because the above poster mentioned it.

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