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        08-29-2009, 04:41 PM
    heyy, critique my pics plz?

    This is my first thread an I reallly need to get some more pics of my actual classes at the shows rather than the warm up rounds :(
    Im silly - what can I say?
    But yep, hieght of jumps etc isn't really the issue, as my little mare gives a lovely 'ping' anyway and my position stays roughly consistant. Just wanna know any way to improve my position or faults in Alice's (my mare) form.
    Thanks a million x
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        08-29-2009, 05:00 PM
    Over fences, it looks like you are slumping a bit; try to bring your shoulder blades together to keep your shoulders back. Also, it looks like you are jumping ahead of your horse, so try to let her close your hip angle- I have the same problem sometimes and it is SO hard to fix! I LOVE your flat position- you and your horse look beautiful :). Just make sure you have your thumbs on top of the reins.
        08-29-2009, 05:18 PM
    Thanks for taking the time to look!
    I'll definitely work on that! She really takes me by surprise sometimes, as she throws in big jumps over the tiniest fences :P
    We mainly do dressage anyway but we compete in the 3" hunter/jumper classes too. I think when jumping im just majorly aware of letting her travel and not restricting her, an I probs just need to sit a bit deeper into the jump. :)
    Thanks again
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        08-29-2009, 06:39 PM
    No problem :). It's so hard to stay with them when they jump huge over tiny things, isn't it? Haha I know the feeling myself and I fail horribly there :).
        09-05-2009, 09:53 PM
    I have mainly done dressage too but am now getting into jumping and loving it! Anyways, I jump before my horse as well and that has been pointed out. Try stretching your hands up her neck a bit further, this may help against slumping as well. And in one of the pictures you are looking own a lot, don't know if this is very common but remeber to look up over the jump. That's all I can see, I am not a pro or anything but your horse has a great jump! And you look pretty good together, especially on the flat.
        09-05-2009, 10:06 PM
    You are standing in your stirrups and staring at the ground. Look where you want to end up, and I doubt you want to end up on the ground. Look up, don't duck to the side and stare down.

    Sink your weight into your heels and squeeze over the jump with your calf. Right now your are tilting with your knees as a pivot. This means you are not supporting yourself or your horse. Sink down into your heels, open up your shoulder, and look UP!

    Your horse is a very nice, looks like a gorgeous girl! Her knees are a bit sloppy, but I think she's making up for you. If you support her and stay off her neck I bet she'll be a cute jumper.

    On the positive note, you have a very nice upper body in the flat picture, very straight! Still look up though, lol!
        09-05-2009, 10:37 PM
    It seems like you are hunching over a little bit and are looking down. Looking down is pretty easy to fix. Just tell yourself to pick a stop ahead and look at it before each jump and you are pretty much good. For your slight hunch, just think of having a string attached to your head. Imagine you are being pulled up with that string. When you are jumping, you should get into a steady half seat. Just a nice seat where you are up, and out of the saddle. As you are jumping your horse will close your hip angle and form you into jumping position, folding you down. The closer the fold, the higher the jump. Good luck! Oh and pretty dang nice leg position! Hahah
        09-06-2009, 11:44 AM
    Unlock your elbows and let you hands follow over the fence. If you release a little more, it might help keep your shoulders back. If might help to ride some gymnastic grids without holding the reins. Either that or trot ground poles and execute a jumping release over the poles to get used to giving her her head more without affecting your overall upper body position.
        09-06-2009, 02:35 PM
    To the jumping- I notice in some/all of them your elbows are poking out to the side. Try and have them drop down over the neck to the floor, and your eyes up.

    Let your two-point come up from your heels, and slide your hands up the neck a little more. I noticed in one picture, his head was up, and it was like a cat jump.

    And try letting the irons go a little more towards your toe.
        09-11-2009, 11:30 PM
    Sit up in ur 2pt. Get out of the saddle give to his face it looks like ur in it all the time don't look at the jump get out of ur knee stay even close ur fingers, he's really pretty and I think with a little more time you'll look better than you do now! Lol

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