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post #1 of 8 Old 06-17-2013, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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Flat & Jumping Critique? :) (Photos and video)

Any advice is really appreciated thank you :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqxVlXUDs6s













Thanks so much guys! :) Sorry about so many photos.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-17-2013, 05:13 PM
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For the most part I love your position and wouldn't be able to provide any crit
The only thing I notice is your hands, they seem off to me.... There should be a straight line from elbow to bit, and sometimes you've got it, it's just inconsistent

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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I like your position. You look really balanced and centered over the horse.

I agree with Elaine. There's something not right about your hands/arms when jumping. To me it looks like you're not giving enough release, so your hands are ending up too close to your body. Look at his ears and the bit in that last picture. You've just popped him in the mouth and he's not happy.

And I'd like to see your irons a little further in on your foot. They look too far out on your toes. Bring them to the ball of your foot and your leg will have more power.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-17-2013, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks heaps guys!
Yeah i'm not an overly confident jumper, hence not giving enough I think, But i'm really working on that! The jumping photos are of several months ago, so I'll try and upload some new ones soon to see if there has been any improvement.
Regarding my feet, I feel really odd having my feet further in (to the balls of my feet) as a few years ago I was dragged (an extremely short distance) and Its an insecurity of mine, feeling uncomfortable physically and mentally! I'll keep working on it!
Thanks! :) I've got some more photos too -







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post #5 of 8 Old 06-18-2013, 12:59 PM
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I've noticed that your position is quite tense. Relax the arms, let the go with the movement of the horse. Your back is very hollow as well, relax a bit more and sit on your bum! Just relax and enjoy sitting in the saddle, not on top.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-24-2013, 09:45 PM
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I love your horse! Too cute!

There are a few things that stand out to me as things you might want to think about moving forward in your riding. I like your head and shoulders. You do a really good job keeping your shoulder blades pulled back jumping and flat and keeping your eyes up. You have a nice flat back over fences. It looks like you get quite stiff in your elbow joint and turn your hands flat like you're playing a piano. The stiffness in your elbow causes you to rock your upper body slightly to follow the motion of your horse, mostly in the canter. If you can think about keeping your thumbs up that will help with your whole arm position, turning your hands is why you can get them too close together. Your elbow joint should hang loose right below your shoulder. Try to "give" from your elbow joint as your horse's head moves and think about keeping your upper body still. This will help you stay deeper in the saddle. To work on your arms you can ride with a crop held on top of your thumbs or like behind your back coming in front of your elbows to pull them back.

As far as your legs go, I'd like to see you sink into your heels more and wrap your whole leg around your horse. One thing I think about to do this is the idea that I'm going to wrap my heels around my horse's stomach and touch them together. And in general over fences you tend to get your upper body a smidge ahead and not bend in your hips. Once you get more confident in your jumping you'll probably find that you can find a more natural position in which you fold more at the hip and go with your horse's motion.

I hope that helped, you're definitely on the right track, keep up the good work!
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-02-2013, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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I love your horse! Too cute!

There are a few things that stand out to me as things you might want to think about moving forward in your riding. I like your head and shoulders. You do a really good job keeping your shoulder blades pulled back jumping and flat and keeping your eyes up. You have a nice flat back over fences. It looks like you get quite stiff in your elbow joint and turn your hands flat like you're playing a piano. The stiffness in your elbow causes you to rock your upper body slightly to follow the motion of your horse, mostly in the canter. If you can think about keeping your thumbs up that will help with your whole arm position, turning your hands is why you can get them too close together. Your elbow joint should hang loose right below your shoulder. Try to "give" from your elbow joint as your horse's head moves and think about keeping your upper body still. This will help you stay deeper in the saddle. To work on your arms you can ride with a crop held on top of your thumbs or like behind your back coming in front of your elbows to pull them back.

As far as your legs go, I'd like to see you sink into your heels more and wrap your whole leg around your horse. One thing I think about to do this is the idea that I'm going to wrap my heels around my horse's stomach and touch them together. And in general over fences you tend to get your upper body a smidge ahead and not bend in your hips. Once you get more confident in your jumping you'll probably find that you can find a more natural position in which you fold more at the hip and go with your horse's motion.

I hope that helped, you're definitely on the right track, keep up the good work!
Thanks so much for your advice! :) He's great, I love him to bits :)

I have noticed about my 'piano hands' my hands tend to act up a bit, my instructor calls my left hand 'the claw'. I'll be focusing on my hands too now, since i've been gaining confidence jumping I'm finding it easier to think about my own position instead of just 'getting over in one piece!' I'm still struggling with my heels down though, I'll have them down and feel like they're dragging before the fence, but during it my leg tends to slide back! Its like I lose control of my leg over the fence (I regain it easily after). Is there any exercises that anyone could suggest to help improve this? Or is it just practice?

Thank you :)
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-02-2013, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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Also have a video, Warming up at our last show, Was pretty nervous because it was also my first, so explains a bit of the tenseness :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqxVlXUDs6s

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