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    04-04-2011, 07:32 PM
Flatwork/Jumping Critique

I've been working on what was suggested from last time, and have been improving! I still keep on reverting back to what I'm used to when I'm not paying attention, though, although I suppose that will change with time.
First week riding outside, and now I need to get used to opening up his stride a bit more. I look like I'm sliding back slightly...
Critique rider, horse, or suggest any exercises you think would help us, please.
Thanks in advance! :)

^^hehe he's the absolute cutest jumper :)

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    04-04-2011, 08:29 PM
Now that's just not fair! In the span of 7 pictures, you progressed up to a height I still can't jump! Your position is great. Can I borrow it? I'd send that last pic in to GM for critique!
    04-04-2011, 08:51 PM
Are you practicing an automatic release?

Besides the fact that you look great, you look like a freaking tall person!! ;) lol
    04-04-2011, 08:55 PM
You look great to me. I wouldn't mind borrowing your position either. ;)
    04-04-2011, 09:37 PM
Haha thanks! I have been working on auto releases, but now have kind of forgotten about my crest release... lol. I guess that's on the agenda for next time!
And surprisingly, I'm not actually that tall! Thumper's just 15.3hh, so I look like a bit of a giant on him :P
Now Jonathan Miller, HE'S tall :).

^^5'10 wall
    04-04-2011, 10:34 PM
Wow what an improvement! Your horse is really cute... I love his face!

Your leg looks to me like it's in a very good position. Something I'm still working on myself is keeping my leg forward over the fence rather than lettting it get top far behind me.. Nice job!

This could just be my opinion or observations from lessons I have received but maybe your arms could be a little less on the side of his neck and more on top? I'm no professional, but I've always been taught to keep my arms on top rather than on the side.

Anyway, you look generally great to me! Awesome job(:
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    04-04-2011, 11:23 PM
It's hard to find any huge faults. I guess watch your hands, you have a tendency to flatten them out and stick out your elbows, but not constantly. There should be a straight line from bit to elbow, on the flat and o/f. You're getting there with the auto release.
    04-05-2011, 12:09 PM
Originally Posted by justjump    

This could just be my opinion or observations from lessons I have received but maybe your arms could be a little less on the side of his neck and more on top? I'm no professional, but I've always been taught to keep my arms on top rather than on the side.
She is practicing an automatic release which is a more advanced way of releasing a horse's head over a jump. By keeping a straight line from the bit to her elbow allows her to be more efficient over a jump and not losing her position and having her hands and arms all over the place. :)
    04-06-2011, 10:40 AM
For jumping your position looks great. In picture #3 (horse on flat, rider red shirt) horse is hollow. To fix that push him forward into reins, soften elbows about 1/4 inch forward and ask him to bring nose in. If he doesn't then using reins flex him (quickly) inside/outside then a tad more leg to push him forward.

What you want is to have him bring his nose more onto the vertical and step underneath himself with his hind legs - will balance him more and enable him to use his back more effectively. If he's really working well rider will see a "bulge" in the middle of both sides of horses neck. When my mare hollowed constantly I had to take her to a long and low position to re-establish proper contact (i.e. Get rid of the hollowing evasion) then slowly bring her poll back up to the proper height.

Maintaining a proper use of the back also makes horse more powerful for jumping and builds up his topline.

Nice jumping pictures. Advanced riders (George Morris) do not use the crest release - that's more for beginners who need the horses neck to lean upon. I like that you're using that release as it display the fact that you have more core strength and do not rely upon the horses neck for balance.
    04-07-2011, 05:57 AM
I can't say to much about your jumping but when you are doing your flatwork to to sit up straighter and tuck your toes in. If your knees come up then you may need to lenghten your stirrups. Other than that you look great

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