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    06-03-2009, 05:26 PM
flat and jumping critique please!

Hey guys, just looking for a critique on my position, and my ponies' ways of going.. i've also included photos from a year ago as an improvement.
Any tips on how to improve them/me are greatley appreciated! Thanks!

ELMO: (14hh, 18yr old. Doing level 2 dressage and 1m10 eventing - we've been working on getting a better jumping shape, and more relaxed dressage)

Last year -

RHIANNON: (14.2hh, 8yr old. First year competing - doing everything, incl. Jumping at 1m (xc pic is 1m10).)

(please do not critique me in the following.. only pony's style)

Last year:

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    06-03-2009, 05:35 PM
Elmo is quite on the fore-hand ( workign downhill) on his flat work, he need to lighten his head and bring is body up, the way I would suggest doing it would be to sit further back, roll your shoulder back, kepp your hands still, and look up, maybe do some work ou tof an outline and if you do, don't play too much on the reins, oh and have loose arms, don't tense your arms, just loosen your body, singnig helps

Rhianon is gourgeous, what a jump! Your riding a bit forward again roll your shoulders back and sit on your bum keepp your hands in and heels a littl lower down!

Both of those are for flatwork and im a better teller than I am a rider!
    06-04-2009, 12:43 AM
Your colapsing the left side and ducking to the left. As stated above you need to roll your shoulders back so you get the roundness out.
Both of them are really really cute! The pictures with elmo, from what I can see your leg improved.
    06-04-2009, 12:45 PM
With elmo's flatwork we're just starting to ride him up, so thanks for the tips!
Will definitely work on sitting up more, and heels down yes!
Haha thank you, she sure can jump aye.

Yeah, i've been working on looking up better and not diving, also lower leg forward, so thankyou!!
    06-04-2009, 01:18 PM
The gray is quite a scopy little jumper...He's really cute.

I know you said no you critiques, but since it is a consistent issue in most of the pics and can be pretty dangerous, I'll mention it. Your leg is really far back over jumps (and to a lesser extent, a little bit so on e flat, which means you have no base of support going over those jumps (which is probably part of why you are collapsing and ducking so much.) It looks like it might really help if you shortened your stirrups a hole or two, so that you can really push your weight down into them instead of letting your legs slip back from underneath you.
    06-04-2009, 05:24 PM
Your leg looks much better! Last year the leg was a bit scarey though, lol. The ducking is getting better too! I can still see some ducking a leg sliping though, so for both problems, try to focus on keeping your weight in your heels, especially the right one

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