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post #1 of 18 Old 07-11-2013, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Eventing Critique

So I have pictures and videos of me and my pony doing some dressage, showjumping and cross country. Please critique the both of us! I have pictures and videos. A rating from 1 to 10 would also be helpful but not a must.

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Showjumping:
The video has things other than showjumping, so feel free to skip ahead.



Cross Country:



So what do you think?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-13-2013, 06:16 AM
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Really cute horse! I like your seat at the canter, it seems really secure and you're moving with the horses motion. If I were you, when I do my jumping courses, I would shorten up my stirrups probably 2-3 holes. Your position over jumps isn't bad, but you need to get your heels down, and it's probably a lot harder to do with really long stirrups. In some of the photos you posted, it looks like you're in a chair seat. Your toes should be underneath your knees, you shouldn't be able to see your toes while you're riding.
I would also move your stirrups closer to your toes(like the balls of your feet) rather than having them so close to your ankles. It'll help get your heels down and your legs underneath you.
When you go over jumps/obstacles, you should also grab some of your horses mane. It'll help you maintain balance over jumps and you won't pull on the horse's mouth in the process. C:
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-13-2013, 09:37 AM
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I don't really have anything to say... So I'm hijacking the thread here but...
OMG those jumps are so sweet! I love how mini and cute they are

You and the pony don't look half bad either
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-14-2013, 09:58 AM
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I am a trail rider so I cannot critique your riding.
By the way it looks like you are having fun!

My concern are those tires you are jumping over.
Something could go very wrong there.
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-16-2013, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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I am a trail rider so I cannot critique your riding.
By the way it looks like you are having fun!

My concern are those tires you are jumping over.
Something could go very wrong there.
The worst that could happen is that my pony puts his feet into the tires, but he can't get stuck. Plus this was at The Oaks which is a very popular stable where people go to schooling for cross country, showjumping and dressage, and shows are held there as well. I doubt they would put anything dangerous there. Plus, all jumps have their dangers, these tires aren't unlike other cross country jumps. :)
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-16-2013, 03:06 PM
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The Oaks as in The Oaks in Florida? *drool*
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post #7 of 18 Old 07-16-2013, 04:29 PM
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I didn't look at everything but overall you look good together. The main thing that sticks out though is you need to stay centered when jumping. Your horse is off balance to the side you are leaning to. Look forward and stay in the center.
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-16-2013, 04:46 PM
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Uber cute pony!
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post #9 of 18 Old 07-16-2013, 09:14 PM
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Your pony is so stickin cute, but I guess you probably want more of a critique than that

I'm going to comment mostly on your jumping for now and will probably be all over the place so bare with me. I'd like to see you sitting up a bit more before jumps, you seem pretty focused on the base of the fence (looking down and leaning forward) rather than sitting up and letting pony jump up to you. And even when you're turning shortly after a jump, make sure your balance stays centered on your horse. It's okay to look and it's okay to prepare for a turn, but you want to make sure you're not tipping to one side or the other.

In your second video, you want to be a little more forgiving with your drop, give with your hands instead of snatching your pony in the mouth as you 'recover'. Pony seems very forgiving, but could use a bigger release over a lot of your jumps.
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post #10 of 18 Old 07-17-2013, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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The Oaks as in The Oaks in Florida? *drool*
Yup, the very one:)
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