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    02-07-2011, 05:52 PM
  #1
Yearling
Smile Equitation Over Fences

This is my winning equitation over fences trip from the AQHA show this past weekend (2.5.11) at the Florida State Fair Show. We won it out of 11 other horses and riders under both judges. I have been working very hard with my horse on getting him longer, softer, and consistent over the fences.

What do you think? Please, no rude comments or extreme equitation critiquing! And bear with me, my dad was recording it on my iPhone.. He's not exactly the best at it and the quality is horrible... Sorry:(

Thanks for the comments!

     
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    02-07-2011, 06:45 PM
  #2
Yearling
Bump :p
     
    02-07-2011, 07:07 PM
  #3
Weanling
It's a bit hard to see due to the quality, but there's just a couple things I think you could change. It looks like your leg is sliding back a couple inches, especially when you come around the turns. Try keeping your leg under your a tad more, so it's right at the girth. You can also see this on the first jump- your leg was a little too far behind you so when you came into two point over the jump your pushed your weight behind you, rather than extending your leg. The other thing I saw, was a few of the jumps didn't really look super smooth. Your position looked good, but it almost seems like you came a little to close to the jump. Working on shortening and lengthening your horse's stride should help you be able to get your striding more precise so the jumps flow a little better. Overall, you look like a phenomenal rider with a nice base. Your horse is absolutely beautiful by the way

Oh, and this is a really stupid question, but how did he zoom in the video? I just got an iPhone 4 a couple days ago, and I can only zoom in on pictures. Is there something I'm missing??
     
    02-07-2011, 07:11 PM
  #4
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by hflmusicislife    
It's a bit hard to see due to the quality, but there's just a couple things I think you could change. It looks like your leg is sliding back a couple inches, especially when you come around the turns. Try keeping your leg under your a tad more, so it's right at the girth. You can also see this on the first jump- your leg was a little too far behind you so when you came into two point over the jump your pushed your weight behind you, rather than extending your leg. The other thing I saw, was a few of the jumps didn't really look super smooth. Your position looked good, but it almost seems like you came a little to close to the jump. Working on shortening and lengthening your horse's stride should help you be able to get your striding more precise so the jumps flow a little better. Overall, you look like a phenomenal rider with a nice base. Your horse is absolutely beautiful by the way

Oh, and this is a really stupid question, but how did he zoom in the video? I just got an iPhone 4 a couple days ago, and I can only zoom in on pictures. Is there something I'm missing??
I get a lot of comments about my leg moving in videos, but my leg does not move. My trainer is a complete eq freak and takes off our stirrups if he sees it move over fences or around corners, no joke! I'm going to buy the flip so its more clear(: Thanks for the nice compliments though!

And I downloaded the free app called video zoom! Works really well, not so sure about the actual quality, but it zooms well!
     
    02-07-2011, 07:22 PM
  #5
Started
The video is too shaky for me to tell what's going on. Your horse, though, has a ginormous stride and really long legs! Lol
     
    02-07-2011, 07:23 PM
  #6
Weanling
Hmm... I might have to download that! Thanks

And I know what you mean. I have the opposite problem. People always tell me my leg doesn't budge, but I can SEE it moving when I ride! Hahah :)
     
    02-07-2011, 07:23 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by GeminiJumper    
The video is too shaky for me to tell what's going on. Your horse, though, has a ginormous stride and really long legs! Lol
Haha he's 17.3! AQHA is supposed to like the longer strided horses
     
    02-07-2011, 08:18 PM
  #8
Foal
I think that the quality of the film isn't bad at all for an iPhone!!

Your horse is lovely and I bet his canter is really comfortable to sit to!
He obviously knows his job, and I think that you have a good position.

Just a couple of things that I would suggest if you were my student:
* you seem to lose impulsion during turns. This happens to a lot of people. Your horse is big and you need to try to encourage him to keep the cadence and impulsion so that each jump is approached correctly and the action smooth.

* You got caught out at the last jump - but well sat! Often, us show jumpers seem to forget that only the horse jumps, not us! Just wait for the jump to come. Sit quietly, leg on, guide your horse and let him get on with it. At that height he will work out the strides for himself, you don't have to worry about it!

As I said before, the horse knows what he's doing and you did a great job!!
     
    02-07-2011, 08:21 PM
  #9
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yoshi    
I think that the quality of the film isn't bad at all for an iPhone!!

Your horse is lovely and I bet his canter is really comfortable to sit to!
He obviously knows his job, and I think that you have a good position.

Just a couple of things that I would suggest if you were my student:
* you seem to lose impulsion during turns. This happens to a lot of people. Your horse is big and you need to try to encourage him to keep the cadence and impulsion so that each jump is approached correctly and the action smooth.

* You got caught out at the last jump - but well sat! Often, us show jumpers seem to forget that only the horse jumps, not us! Just wait for the jump to come. Sit quietly, leg on, guide your horse and let him get on with it. At that height he will work out the strides for himself, you don't have to worry about it!

As I said before, the horse knows what he's doing and you did a great job!!
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!!

And yeah, I was trying so hard just to nail my spots and keep him bridled so he doesn't tick a rail (which he does quite often if I don't ride to every jump and keep him bridled and paying attention, he has a case of ADD I swear!). I was going a little too slow and realized it at that last line, but luckily, he saved my butt and lengthened his stride! That's the good thing about having such a big stride!(:

I think I'll post my not-so-good working hunter round, and my jumper round for some further footage of my day(:

And possibly my horrendous hunt seat equitation go.. Just thinking about that pattern makes me want to smack myself for practicing it so much.. UGH!
     
    02-07-2011, 08:35 PM
  #10
Foal
The trouble with jumping is that we tend to want to go at a reasonable pace so as to get everything right, when in fact the horse needs impulsion to keep going!

He's an honest boy - lovely!
     

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