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post #1 of 13 Old 08-28-2011, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Critique screen shot of me jumping




Release aside, how am I looking?

Personally I think I'm too forward the jump is only 2'3", opinions?
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 05:51 PM
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Other than a upper body being a little too folded, (which you already know) looks good to me. I'm having issues jumping these days, so I'm basically just giving you a friendly bump so others can critique.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 06:25 PM
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okay just going out on a limb here but I don't think your too folded. In my hunt seat eq. Book George morris says your upper body should be approx. Parallel to you horses neck which I think you body is fairly parallel! But experts feel free to correct me if im wrong!

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post #4 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 06:26 PM
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You look a little forward to me, but other than that and your release, You looked good. I really like your leg it looks very sturdy and in the right position.

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post #5 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 06:27 PM
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I was thinking that over lower fences, the shoulders should be over the knees, no?

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 06:29 PM
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ahh im not sure, hold on a sec, ill type the paragraph from the book!

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post #7 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 06:35 PM
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"Good upper body in the air. Minimum of motion and an approximate parallel of the riders trunk and the horses topline"

Its next to a picture of a girl going over a ~2'4"-2'6" fence and she's parallel. But im thinking its different for different disciplines, like going xc I don't think you fold as much

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post #8 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 06:52 PM
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I like everything I see, just fine. You look like you could start working towards the auto release, but I have no problems with the release I see. I like that your hands aren't pressed onto the TOP of the crest, which is a pet peeve of mine. On the sides of the crest is just fine. If the horse was to need more rein, you would be able to give it. Could the rein be a tad bit longer allowing the hand to come further back? Sure. But still have no major problem.

Legs...excellent
Seat ....right above the center of the seat, neither too high or too low
Back...nice and flat. Neither roached or arched.
Not too far forward. You are flowing very nicely with your horse. If you were a little less flexed, you would still be fine


Too bad you're in Florida and not NC.....
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 07:28 PM
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I think your position is quite good actually. Allison pretty much said everything I would have said.

Adding that you are looking ahead, and not down, which is a good thing.

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post #10 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 11:20 PM
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The only thing I'm noticing that you might tweak is the tension in your shoulders. They look raised and slightly drawn inward (could be my un-calibrated eyeballs though), but you could soften and open them. I always find myself pulling my shoulders up to my ears and letting them roll back down, elbows lightly touching my sides, and then bring my forearms down. I carry all my stress and tension in my shoulders so it's something I've had to work on in the past specifically.
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