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post #1 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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First time really jumping after an accident

I had a bad accident a while ago and have been slowly regaining my confidence. This was my first time going over something bigger than a crossrail. I know I have a lot to work on but I appreciate the input. :)
(I think the third one is the best for sure)
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 08:40 PM
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I love your position for your situation. It being first time over something other than a cross rail, coming back from an accident. You look great, personally I don't think it's fair on your part to as for a critique when your just starting out but your first pic you look a little hunched over, second one better then third one better. Just remember to keep your heel down :) good job!!
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much! It's been a long road, and I just enjoy reading different opinions to give me something to think about next time i ride. :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-10-2012, 06:05 PM
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You look great, especially considering you're just getting back into it!! And I love how you're smiling over the jumps. :) The tips I'm gonna tell you will help you gain confidence as well as improve your riding. So here goes:

1. Heels down! Or more realistically, toes up. This will help keep you more stable.

2. Sit tall (full seat) and count your strides in. This will help your horse find the perfect takeoff spot and will give you a better feel for his motion. So either count (one, two, one, two) in your head or sing a song with a steady beat (row, row, row your boat) to help you stay in tune with his rhythm.

3. As you gain confidence, don't jump ahead! You're doing this ever so slightly in the second picture, and while it's not a huge deal it's best just not to fall into that habit in the first place. Don't get into your 2-point position before your horse takes off; let him come up to you.

4. Bring your seat a little closer to the saddle, open your hip angle, and bring your shoulders back. All this will help you be less hunched.


Good luck! And I'm not exaggerating... you look better than a lot of much more experienced riders I've seen jumping at that height. Hope I was helpful!

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-10-2012, 07:13 PM
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Looks pretty good overall. You are pinching with your knees a bit. Try to think about hugging your horse with your legs so your entire leg from the knee to the bottom of the calf is on the horse. Welcome back to jumping!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-13-2012, 01:04 AM
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Good on you for getting back into it, I dont jump anymore except for popping over little logs after a nasty fall while jumping over 15 years ago. I am no expert at all but the fact that you have a smile on your face says it all.
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