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        06-06-2011, 11:43 AM
      #1
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    Horse and Position Critique!

    I was wondering how high my mare (or I , for that matter . .) could safely compete . Right now we compete in 3'6" hunters and jumpers , and school around 4' . I have jumped her 4'3" twice , but it's not a regular thing or anything . She tucks nicely , and is careful when jumping . She only rushes the small fences . She doesn't even knock a pole if I haven't lined her up wrong of if I don't get her going , 99% of our mistakes are from me . Anyways , to the pictures , I know you can't tell a whole lot , but every fence in these pictures was jumped easily and we have free jumped her 5' . Sorry for the bad quality of these ; now that it's nicer out , the next time we jump I will get pictures . I edited them to my best ability to make them visible . By the way , be brutal on me , I know my hands need to be more forward , I tell myself this every time I jump , they just don't seem to listen (;
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        06-06-2011, 11:55 AM
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    I would not go any higher until you work on your base of support and having an independent body.

    You lay on her neck and have no release over the jumps. You have a chair seat with your lower leg too far out in front of you. You are jumping ahead in several of the photos. No bend to your hip, just jumping upward.

    Work on fixing your base of support and that will help your upper body be able to end up where it supposed to be.
         
        06-06-2011, 12:00 PM
      #3
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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    I would not go any higher until you work on your base of support and having an independent body.

    You lay on her neck and have no release over the jumps. You have a chair seat with your lower leg too far out in front of you. You are jumping ahead in several of the photos. No bend to your hip, just jumping upward.

    Work on fixing your base of support and that will help your upper body be able to end up where it supposed to be.
    thank you , we've been working on the jumping ahead thing , and also the release , I can just never get my HANDS OUT IN FRONT OF ME |:< the lower leg thing has also gotten a lot better . . I'd show you a picture from a year ago , but you'd probably cry . The XC ones are from april , after not jumping in four months , not riding in three . All of the others are from last november or october . If I get some pistures when I ride tomorrow and put them up , will you tell me more of what I need to work on ? (:
         
        06-06-2011, 12:25 PM
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    You look to have some long legs, girl! I'm short so when I ride, especially jumping, my legs look even shorter. :P

    Let's start from the bottom up.

    You heels look pretty good although I'd like to see your toes pointed more forward to help roll your leg onto your horse. The stirrup length you have in these photos is good for flat work but I would put them up atleast one hole for jumping. Actually I don't think you should be jumping this high but I'll get into that later. I like your leg position for the most part while you're jumping because you keep it somewhat underneath you but on the flat, blehh, you need your leg under you.

    Actually, what I want to continue on just won't make any sense until I say this, you really need to go back to the basics and solidify your "foundation." You should be able to keep a correct position without relying on the horse's mouth. On the flat you are asking for too much "face" from your horse. You have her way behind the vertical when trotting and then her nose is sticking out. Work on your position first and then you can ask your horse to get into the correct frame and work from behind, not just trying to make a pretty picture by tucking her nose in. When you are jumping, you are either relying on her mouth for support or having no contact at all. Again, go back to the basics and focus on yourself. You will find that if you work on you first, your horse will follow.

    I really do like your upper body when you are on the flat! You are sitting up tall and looking where you're going.
         

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