First 2'9" in a long time.

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        07-17-2010, 12:34 AM
    First 2'9" in a long time.

    This is the highest I have jumped Junior since like last September or maybe even last summer. He was being psycho the day this was taken, and ended up refusing that jump two times after this picture was taken. Anywho, here is is :] Mind you he jumped about 3' over it lol.

    Oh and I know it looks like I have my elbows in his neck but I don't, if you look close you can see that his mane is what is under my elbow, my arms aren't resting on his neck.

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        07-17-2010, 12:44 AM
    Very nice! You look good, but I have a few things to pick on you about :)
    My trainer always told me to "Beyonce" over fences, aka stick your butt out by arching your back more over fences. If you put your shoulders back, this will help.
    Are your eyes looking forward or down? :)

    Junior looks good! He is nice and square and tight over the fence. You must be so excited! I remember when I jumped an older horse of mine for the first time in a few years. Congrats :) You have lovely equitation! Just shoulders back, arch your back, and pop that booty! Haha :)
        07-17-2010, 12:48 AM
    Thanks I will try to focus on that. My friend said that she thought that I might have been tense because I was riding defensively since he was literally flying at the fences. I had him on the shortest rein I could and he was hand galloping into the jumps sometimes sideways lol. But I will def. Work on it :]

    As for my eyes, I am looking forward and down. I am looking at the grass about 10 feet or more in front of him lol. I try to look at a stationary object going into the jump but I always end up looking where I know he is going which is pretty much his landing area. Plus right after that jump we make a sharp turn to the left so I might just start turning my head that way when jumping.
        07-17-2010, 12:51 AM
    Good, good! I showed hunters for years. If you ever need anything, let me know! I'll be sure to look out for more of your posts and photos to help you out in the future :) Good luck! He is a pretty boy. Also, did you try trotting him to the fence and cantering out of it?
        07-17-2010, 12:54 AM
    Yep I sure did lol. I would cue him for the trot while holding him back and he would go straight to the canter so I would make him circle back to the walk and ask again, same thing. Finally he just got to the point where he would start sidestepping across the starting area. In the end I just figured I would let him get his energy out. Energy is rare with him considering he is 21 lol.

    And I will be sure to ask you for advice :] If I am able to show him I plan on doing jumpers with him, him and I wouldn't do well at hunters. He is a fast paced jumper because he used to show training level. He has never done hunters lol. Plus I personally prefer jumpers over hunters, just for my personal riding, I love watching hunters ride.
        07-17-2010, 02:04 AM
    Your toes are way far out, that's about all I'm credited to say as far as over fence critiques go x3
        07-17-2010, 02:08 AM
    Not necessarily. Toes naturally turn out in the two point, and some horses need spurred or encouragement over fences :) I don't think her toes are bad at all. I've seen 90* toe turn out haha not pretty at all.
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        07-17-2010, 02:12 AM
    I figure since I will not be doing hunter eq my toes won't be a huge deal. Jumpers don't tend to worry about it or so it seems.

    One of knee is really bad and when I try to force it into an unnatural position I get a shooting pain all the way through it which last for a few days, not worth it lol.
        07-17-2010, 02:14 AM
    I know what you mean Nordic, I've had trainers try to 'stick' my leg on the horse. It doesn't work because my legs simply don't grown that way as I'm a bit knock-kneed, so oddly enough, I ride a lot off of using my knees versus calf.
        07-17-2010, 02:16 AM
    Yeah :] It is odd cause people talk about toes pointing out being a bad thing but the majority of riders you see have toes like that. Not many examples of it not being done lol.

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