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        05-22-2009, 04:06 PM
    Cross rail~ Critique!

    Hi! This is a picture of me jumping a cross rail in a show that I went to last week. It would be super if I could get some constructive criticism on my jumping position. Please do not critique the horse that i'm riding because I do not own him. Thanks in advance!!! =)
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        05-22-2009, 04:14 PM
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    I'm not a huge jumper person but I think you look really cute. Maybe you could release a little bit more w/ your hands but I don't see any blaring issues. Very cute. Were you showing that day?
        05-22-2009, 04:23 PM
    Thanks! =) Yes I was showing!!!
        05-22-2009, 04:24 PM
    MIEventer, can you please give me a critique?
        05-22-2009, 04:33 PM
    I think you look pretty darn good :)

    Your leg is solid at the girth, your seat is a smidge too far outo f your tack and on the fence of being slightly ahead of your horses motion - but it isn't bad.

    What I do see though, is knee grippage. Be careful to not get into the habit of relying on your knees, remember to rely on your inner calf and your heels - those are what anchor you in your tack.

    What I would like to see is you sink down into your lower leg, and push your tooshy back towards the cantle of your saddle. But again, you look pretty darn good :)

    Your back is strait, I absolutely love your hip angle, perfect! Job well done! I love that you are looking up, and I think you have a nice release *I'm not really one to critique on releases though*

    All in all, you look good - just remember to allow your horse to lift you out of your tack, and open those knees up and sink your weight into your heels.

    You both make a great pair :)
        05-22-2009, 04:38 PM
    Thank you!! =)

    I was thinking the same thing about my knees gripping. I don't usually grip with my knee on the flat, but jumping I sometimes do. :(

    I'll try to get some more pictures this weekend to be critiqued!
        05-22-2009, 04:44 PM
    You're looking awesome!
    I agree, I see slight knee gripping going on, so think of there being tacks on your saddle that will hurt if you grip with your knees.
    Make sure your elbows are in and shoulders are even.
    Other than that, I have to agree with MIEventer :)

    Hope I was at least a bit helpful!! Keep up the awesome work!
        05-22-2009, 04:50 PM
    Yes, I do need to keep my elbows in! Thanks JustDressageIt!
        05-22-2009, 04:51 PM
    MIEventer covered pretty much everything :)
    You look good!
        05-22-2009, 05:09 PM
    so think of there being tacks on your saddle that will hurt if you grip with your knees.
    OOOH OUCH! My knees hurt just reading that...........*rubs knees*

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