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    08-10-2010, 09:54 PM
  #1
Foal
Talking General riding style!!

Ok, in this first picture, please critique my riding over fences. Are my legs too far back?? (Note: my ankle naturally have problems, so they turn out a bit)

In the second, how is my horse's jumping style? Do you need better pics?
Thanks!!!
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    08-10-2010, 10:00 PM
  #2
Weanling
Push your heels down a bit. Unless you can't do that...
Also, I would squat down more on the horse and nearly lay your chest on him.

He looks really good, he hikes his knees nice and even, he does look a bit eager to get over it though. Lol

Aside from that, you both look great!
     
    08-10-2010, 10:25 PM
  #3
Trained
You're upper body is good in the first pic. Your back is flat but not rigid, you're looking ahead to your next spot and your release is good. From the knee down needs some adjusting. Ideally you want your leg from knee down to be perpendicular to the ground. While it's not exactly the same thing, keep your legs at the girth.

Second pic you're standing in the stirrups and forgetting to fold at the hips. Just wait for the horse to jump and absorb his motion with your legs.

I disagree with laying on your horse's chest. It would affect his balance and block his shoulders when he's trying to use them to get over the fence. You're plenty out of his way in the first pic. Just keep it there.
     
    08-10-2010, 10:50 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks both of you!!
888vegas888, I can push my heels down, though it makes my toes go out lol. I will try to do that! And I think my horse was going over it so quickly and eagerly was because I was really urging her to go over it and collecting her (impulsion!) at the same time. She usually jumps calmly :)

And MyBoyPuck, I tend to get a bit excited since we are just now beginning to move up into the higher jumps, so I agree I throw myself forward and lose my lower leg. I will definitely work on that!
     
    08-12-2010, 06:57 AM
  #5
Banned
In the second photo, your horse's jumping form is....adequate.

Probably not the best photo to showcase his abilities, since he's take off from a pretty long spot and the photo has caught him earleir in his arc than is ideal.

Still, his forearm is several degrees below horizontal and he's not tight below the forearm. More concerning is that he's not tight or even below the forearm. In the first photo, he's taking a pretty good feel of the top of the fence with his left front.

I think he's a safe enough jumper for lesson horse; and I suspect he's been a school horse long enough to conserve his energy and make the absolute minimum effort over the fences.

Agree with MyBoyPuck's critique of your position. Polish your leg position and you'll be an attractive, effective rider.
     
    08-12-2010, 11:42 AM
  #6
Yearling
You have a nice upper body in the first picture, your hands are resting really nicely on the horse neck. Also I think your foot isnt turned out too much. It should be turned out at a 45 degree angle. Your leg is a little too far back, and your horse is jumping too flat..it kind of looks like he is hitting the wall with his front foot, that's a consequence of being too flat.

The second picture your horse looks a little better, but he needs to round his neck more, and jump more from behind. The reason it looks like your horse is reaching is because you are jumping too far ahead. Your heals need to come down more, and your stirrups need to come up a hole or two.

I have the same problem with my legs sliding back. You need to keep leg on him at all times and sit and wait for the jump to come to you, and just let the horse throw you up into the two point. It takes some practice.

I like how your eyes are up in both pictures and your back is nice and flat. And im very happy you arent laying on his neck.
     
    08-12-2010, 12:02 PM
  #7
Weanling
I like to critique the photos 1 by 1 so it's easy to read them go look for what I said :)

1st - Your release is very nice, your reins arent to tight and not to lose if only everyone could have that release ! You are looking foward which is great. Your leg has slid back abit far that could be fixed with pushing your heel down. Really sink your weight into your heels.

2nd- again great relase and nice eyes forward ! Your leg has slid back again and my advice would still be the same as your heels arent down again. Your are jumping ahead in this photo, not by much. Wait for your horse to help lift you out . The best way to remember things for me is "Belly button to pommel ! "

Cute horse you 2 are a great team
     
    08-12-2010, 05:21 PM
  #8
Banned
Hmmmmm, AfterParty's comments made me go back and look at the photos, and now I have a quibble. What's good about your release in both photos is that the horse does have freedom to use his head and neck and there's slight slack in the reins. However, you're not really using a crest release as your hands are floating slightly above the mane. To be a true crest release, dig your knuckles into the muscle below the mane. The amount of your release, and the amount of slack is good. Just drop your hand down and rest your knuckles.
     
    08-12-2010, 08:26 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by maura    
In the second photo, your horse's jumping form is....adequate.

Probably not the best photo to showcase his abilities, since he's take off from a pretty long spot and the photo has caught him earleir in his arc than is ideal.

Still, his forearm is several degrees below horizontal and he's not tight below the forearm. More concerning is that he's not tight or even below the forearm. In the first photo, he's taking a pretty good feel of the top of the fence with his left front.

I think he's a safe enough jumper for lesson horse; and I suspect he's been a school horse long enough to conserve his energy and make the absolute minimum effort over the fences.

Agree with MyBoyPuck's critique of your position. Polish your leg position and you'll be an attractive, effective rider.
Hehe I giggled at the "I suspect he's been a school horse long enough to conserve his energy and make the absolute minimum effort over the fences." because she is a young TB mare who is anything but a lazy schooling horse! XD I agree it's not the best picture of her, but I wanted one that was up close. In the first picture she was still new at jumping and didn't quite get the part that she's supposed to pick up her feet.

Thanks for giving me a heads up on her leg position, she is still a bit new and I will be working on some bounces etc. to work on that!
     
    08-12-2010, 08:29 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by ErikaLynn    
You have a nice upper body in the first picture, your hands are resting really nicely on the horse neck. Also I think your foot isnt turned out too much. It should be turned out at a 45 degree angle. Your leg is a little too far back, and your horse is jumping too flat..it kind of looks like he is hitting the wall with his front foot, that's a consequence of being too flat.

The second picture your horse looks a little better, but he needs to round his neck more, and jump more from behind. The reason it looks like your horse is reaching is because you are jumping too far ahead. Your heals need to come down more, and your stirrups need to come up a hole or two.

I have the same problem with my legs sliding back. You need to keep leg on him at all times and sit and wait for the jump to come to you, and just let the horse throw you up into the two point. It takes some practice.

I like how your eyes are up in both pictures and your back is nice and flat. And im very happy you arent laying on his neck.
Thank you, I will certainly make those adjustments!! I usually like t try and jump with longer irons so my legs don't swing as much, but I'll have to work with the being shorter.
     

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