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        01-13-2010, 02:44 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Where abouts in NZ is that? LOVE the massive tripple bar you have as first pic!!!

    Overall the pictures look great - the horse is a very talented and scopey jumper, you're position looks very secure and you certainly aren't hindering the horses jump in any way at all. I agree that more of an automatic release could be used, so your hands will go more towards the horses mouth rather than up the neck, therefore keeping the straight line from elbow to bit.

    The only thing I can notice is landing from that big hedge, just watch you don't get left behind and end up sitting on the horses back. I know it's hard to stay off their backs when they have a jump like this - my guy is the same, he really throws his back end away on landing like your horse is and you feel like you're going to get thrown forwards unless you really sit back. Sometimes it can unblance the horse and make their back end drop down too soon on landing - can cause a back rail of an oxer to go in show jumping. Bit hard to tell from that angle whether or not your seat is actually touching the saddle, you just look a little behind the movement - but you certainly aren't getting the horses way whichh is the main point.

    What height do you compete him? He would easily do at least novice or 2* course going by those photos!
         
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        01-13-2010, 03:08 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    He's defo getting over those XC jumps which is the whole idea!
    Show jumping looks good too, its great that you are incoorperating 'crest release' but it is a little OTT. The 1st picture shows you jumping a smaller jump than in the 2nd and 3rd and your jumping position is the same. You should try jumping more naturally so that you jump in the same way your horse does and try not to throw yourself at it as it tends to but the horse off balance.
    Not the best wording I know but I hope you know what I mean. Love your pony, is he really just a pony, he is certainly jumping like a horse
         
        01-13-2010, 04:27 PM
      #13
    Super Moderator
    I think by automatic release they are referring to one like I am using on my avatar. When your hand is above the bulge of your horse's neck, it can interfere with the rider being able to move with the horse's mouth. It can cause a slight jarring on the mouth.
    A longer release doesn't mean your hands are further up the neck.
         
        01-13-2010, 05:43 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    All I have to say is, shorts? OMG.
         
        01-13-2010, 07:06 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Hahah yea shorts! Haha always do it!
    Speedy, the sj pics are way older than the XC ones I have posted....
    Kiwi that's at waeranga (Sp) In Te Kawhata which is on the auckland side of Waikato.
    He is ottb so hadn't done anything when I got him and he has been heaps of work so we havent competed much yet. Have done a few ode's at training, his lattest (4th?) we got 2nd overall. I have done a little SJ over winter aswell but just ponyclub stuff upto 1.05m but have schooled tracks up to 1.15m and have jumped him 1.40m. I am senior rider at SJ Champs this weekend too so that will be good for us and that gets to about 1.20m I have heard.
         
        01-13-2010, 09:09 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Where is your safety vest?
         
        01-14-2010, 12:09 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Well he looks like he is going to have a very competitive career with you in the future with a bit more milage . Very nice horse, and good luck at SJ Champs, where's it being held? From memory we got to about 1.15-1.20m in the jump-off in the Sth Island SJ Champs, that was about 3-4yrs ago.
         
        01-14-2010, 09:33 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    Awsome!!!!
         
        01-14-2010, 05:53 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Where is your safety vest?
    Safety vest?????
    Haha not a fan, only wear one when I have to.
         
        03-02-2010, 09:59 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Bumpity =D
         

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