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post #21 of 59 Old 12-10-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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But what about the horse - the input that you have been given isn't so much about your benefit, but about making this whole thing as easy as possible on the horse.
"I" should mean "we". We just want to be able to jump every now and again for fun as dressage gets stale after a while. This horse gets fried easily so he needs new activities to keep him happy. He was pretty **** happy doing a few jumps. We are even working on western and reining

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Look... Im going to be honest here... If you're just out to do it for "fun" with absolutely no training, stop it.
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Wow that's encouraging to a rider that is conquering her fears....more like rude and snobby. Riding isn't all about being perfect and being show quality. Its about having fun with your horse and trying new things
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don't do jumper shows if you don't bother to get a trainer, all im saying is maybe training wouldnt be such a bad idea.. An dude I've been jumping for over 8 years and I have alot to learn. Just get your basics down first like JustDressageIt said, then try again. Cheers'
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Wow that's encouraging to a rider that is conquering her fears....more like rude and snobby. Riding isn't all about being perfect and being show quality. Its about having fun with your horse and trying new things
Ok, im sorry. I wont be honest anymore. I didnt know you put this in the critique section for a nice pat on the back and a round of applause. And did I know any of that previously? You stated that after I commented. Try not to be so defencive, and listen to people like Oxer and Dressage and the others on here. Don't like me? Fine by me. But I will not be told what oppinions I can and cannot have.
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Yeah I am going to take some time to improve my jumping but im not looking to be "the best" out there. A lot of enjoyment is taken out of riding when people try to be perfect. Now I highly doubt that popping a horse over a low jump once in a blue moon is going to be detrimental. BUT I will start investing my time into getting better just so I don't suck completely. Maybe I might even do a few shows but there are a lot of snobs out there that I don't want anything to do with. I am jumping bales of shavings in the video.
Which is, I'm sure why you came here to have people point out things for you to work on to improve your jumping :)
So here's what I think we've all come up with
-Develop a solid, balanced half seat - first at the walk, trot, then canter, then eventually jumping
-learn to relax your upper body, and reach a bit more forward with your hands
-build better balance, working more with your legs than your hands

Those things all together are great things to work on. It's not about being 'show' quality or about looking correct, it's about riding in a way that's safer and more comfortable for you AND your horse :)
I'm not a competitive rider, I've never shown once in my life to be honest (barring a few kids school shows :P). And even though I'm a riding instructor myself I still take riding lessons when I can afford them. I often find I get lazy riding on my own without an instructor barking at me ;) And often my 'lazy' bad habits can be detrimental to my horses or my own safety. I typically ride bareback, so I get pretty lazy when it comes to keeping my heels down - but truly heels aren't about keeping your feet in your stirrups, it's all about keeping your body weight balanced correctly on a horse.
If you can't afford a trainer just keep taking videos and asking for critiques - or even self critique! I tape most of my rides and training sessions with my horses to see what I could do better next time.

You're doing great by looking for help - and sometimes it's hard to hear critique, especially over the internet when something said as friendly advice can be translated as rude or mean. I try to read everything someone writes like as if they're smiling or laughing while saying it - it lightens the feels and often they mean it nicer than it comes off without the smile behind it :) Which is why, professional or not, I use smilies ALL the time!

Just wanted to add, you and your horse look like a great pair - he really wants to please you.
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Ok, im sorry. I wont be honest anymore. I didnt know you put this in the critique section for a nice pat on the back and a round of applause. And did I know any of that previously? You stated that after I commented. Try not to be so defencive, and listen to people like Oxer and Dressage and the others on here. Don't like me? Fine by me. But I will not be told what oppinions I can and cannot have.
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post #27 of 59 Old 12-10-2012, 09:03 PM
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Wow that's encouraging to a rider that is conquering her fears....more like rude and snobby. Riding isn't all about being perfect and being show quality. Its about having fun with your horse and trying new things
I don't see anything here that should discourage a rider conquering her fears, all that is being said is you should learn to do it safely for the sake of both you and your horse. Guess what safely is also correctly.

I get that some horses need a break from dressage, it is easy to sour a horse, but often they just need to do a little trail riding, or maybe some trail obstacles, it doesn't have to be jumping.
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Can you please provide one example of what you consider someone being "rude, snobby or snooty" in their response(s) to you in this thread?
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I tried to watch the jumping, but was mostly distracted by the minis in the background. :)
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I don't see anything here that should discourage a rider conquering her fears, all that is being said is you should learn to do it safely for the sake of both you and your horse. Guess what safely is also correctly.

I get that some horses need a break from dressage, it is easy to sour a horse, but often they just need to do a little trail riding, or maybe some trail obstacles, it doesn't have to be jumping.
Telling me not to do it because I can't afford a trainer is very discouraging. Especially when I am working my 18yr old A$$ off for these horses' upkeep. Feeding them is a tinge more important than a trainer. Especially when I can post pics/vids of my riding to my facebook and ask advice from a local trainer and friend

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