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    08-25-2009, 11:45 PM
Critque Phantom and I?

Yes, I'm pretty new here. This is my thoroughbred Phantom and I jumping. The first two pictures the jump is about 2'3", and the other three pics are about 2'6", maybe a little higher. He is still pretty green, so I haven't been working on my position hardcore. But I need a critque, so thanks you guys :]
Long spot:

I love this picture, just cus its cute :]

Overjumping a bit :/

He's actually rounding a bit! Kindof.. XD
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    08-26-2009, 12:02 AM
I'm not much of an English rider, but I think you are coming way too far out of your saddle over the jumps. I also think you need to get your elbows in. Perhaps some of the others will chime in :)
    08-26-2009, 10:20 AM
The big issue I'd that you appear to be pinching with your knees over the jumps, which is causing your lower leg to swing back and your upper body to tip forward. It looks like you are sort of collapsing on your horse's neck. I would reccomend a lot of work in two-point position at all gaits to strengthen your lower leg. With a stronger lower leg, you should be able to hold yourself up over those jumps. And think about bringing your body down and back towards the seat of the saddle, your crotch shouldn't be over or in front of the pommel! Oh and just a grammar thing, it would be "critique phantom and me," because it's the object of the verb lol sorry it just bothers me. XD
    08-26-2009, 11:43 AM
Cute horse, Like the others said, you need to keep your body closer to the saddle..the fences are not that big so you don't need to over jump.
    08-26-2009, 03:04 PM
Thanks you guys. And you really think I pinch with my knee? I thought my leg looked pretty good :/ Ahh whatever, I don't know XD. Thanks again :)
    08-27-2009, 04:39 PM
    08-27-2009, 05:01 PM
I think your lower leg looks good. It's in the right position over most of the jumps, maybe a hair too far back over a couple. Just try to let your horse close your hip angle so you don't "perch" on his neck. And remember to keep your heels down! Phantom is gorgeous, by the way :).
    08-27-2009, 11:33 PM
Thanks you! And yeah, I don't know why, I guess I was overjumping a bit that day. And thank you, Phantom appreciates it :]
    08-31-2009, 06:28 PM
Wow, you guys suck :/ Hahah, jk
But really.
    08-31-2009, 08:53 PM
Your stirrups look a little too long.
Your legs look fine, you're just do way too much work.

Sit, and wait for your horse to lift you out of the saddle. The purpose of a jumping position is to balance ourselves over our horse. If you took your horse out from underneath of you... you would land flat on your face, if that makes sense? Your hip/upper body is way forward. Ideally, your tush should just hover right over the center of the saddle. You aren't closing the hip angle, your horse is.
Your release is nice. Yes, your heels do need to come down.. and I think shortening your stirrups will help.

I would suggest doing two point and a stand for starters. Put your hands straight out like an airplane. Twist your body right and left. Put your hands up in the air. Once you can do that with your seat/legs staying perfectly still in that two-point position, you know you're stable enough to try it at the walk.
What might help, if your horse is honest enough... to close your eyes while approaching a jump and just feel your horses movement.

Anyways, I'm not very good at critiquing, I'm sure somebody else will give you a very adequate response!

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