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post #1 of 21 Old 07-12-2009, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, jumping crit. please

I completely forgot I had an account on this forum. Too busy to sit online these days I guess....anyway I had my mum take vids of me riding today and I would love people to critique my jumping.

So first of all let me say that neither me nor my horse has ever had any real training in jumping. I took riding lessons as a kid but that was just walk/trot/a tiny bit of canter, I actually did do a couple lessons at a jumping barn but I quit because I didn't like the trainer, only actually went over jumps once I think. The barn I work & lease my horse at right now is a great place with an extremely competent trainer, but her business is camp & lessons for younger kids, and I never really had ambitions to show, so a lot of what I do I've pretty much taught myself.

My horse Cocoa was bought as an eight year old potential camp horse, all we know of his past is he was an Amish cart pony. They would have gotten rid of him after the first summer except I took a liking to him & have been about the only person to ride him for the past 3 years. So I assume the only jumping he's ever done is with me. He loves it and we've been working our way up the heights..... This is our first time jumping 1'6. Please feel free to be nit picky, whatever, since I haven't really had any critique of my riding in several years

Ok so not letting me upload vids, but for now I uploaded a few pics (which are actually stills from vids....see if I can figure out the vids.....)
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-12-2009, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Ok here's the vids.... (they're both really short) I just realized 2 of the pics I posted above are the same, but it won't let me edit that post.....oh well :P



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post #3 of 21 Old 07-12-2009, 07:15 AM
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Your horse is not being able to lengthen and round out because you are getting him too close to the fence.

I would encourage you to put a ground pole infront of the jump so that your horse can get an idea as to where he can take off.

Right now, he cannot see the distance at all, and that is rider error. So to be fair to your horse, throw a ground pole down.

Coacoa is absolutely beautiful :) I love dark chocolate bays :)

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post #4 of 21 Old 07-12-2009, 08:06 AM
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I 100% agree
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-12-2009, 09:22 AM
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Third on the groundpole!

For you, you need to give your hands forward up his neck more...several inches, and this in turn will bring those elbows back in so you don't look like a chicken flapping your wings.
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No critz here, but your horses upward transitions are beautiful and so is he! JEALOUS! =D

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Yeah I noticed that we were way too close to the jump in that last pic, looks a bit awkward...I was having issues with that, one jump we took he actually knocked down b/c we were too close. So like what distance should I put the ground pole? Is the idea that he would take off before the pole, or stride over the pole then take off? Sorry I'm clueless.... Oh and where is the "best" place to take off? Are we ok in the first pic?

So anything else for me aside from extend my arms more? Legs ok? Anyone besides me think I still lean forward too much at trot/canter?
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Most people have said everything but one thing I did notice is you veer off after both of your jumps. It's fine to mix it up and do that sometimes, but don't get you and your horse into the habit of turning after every fence.
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I definitely agree with the ground pole infront of the jump, it should help alot.Also, you need to give him more release & put your hands more forward.IMO, make him canter atleast 3 strides after he lands the jump.Also, work on brushing the saddle back & forth with your back end instead of just going up in down.Hes a beautiful horse & you 2 look great together!
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Yeah I noticed that we were way too close to the jump in that last pic, looks a bit awkward...I was having issues with that, one jump we took he actually knocked down b/c we were too close. So like what distance should I put the ground pole? Is the idea that he would take off before the pole, or stride over the pole then take off? Sorry I'm clueless.... Oh and where is the "best" place to take off? Are we ok in the first pic?
It goes at the base of the jump. How far from the base is determined by what you want from the horse.

Jumping is serious business and it's very easy to scary a horse or over face them, so you need some hands on help. Get an instructor...if that's not possible then go buy a jumping book that explains how you start a horse over jumps, where the ground pole goes for various jumps and what the correct distances are for trot/canter poles and gymnastic lines.


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So anything else for me aside from extend my arms more? Legs ok? Anyone besides me think I still lean forward too much at trot/canter?
I'm on dial up so viewing video takes forever. Get an experienced eye on the ground to help you during this beginning stage where habits are formed for horse and rider...both good and bad.
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