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post #1 of 14 Old 11-13-2010, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Talking horse+rider jumping critique :)

so, just a little backround info. the horse and myself are both completely 100% self taught. i have never had a jumping lesson, and when i got the horse he was 18 months old and hadnt even had a halter on. now he is 6 and a half and i have done EVERYTHING with him. so how do you think we look? i am planning to start taking him to shows where we will actually jump, he's a pro at the flat classes by now lol.

the jump is a 2'3" oxer. he has gone to 2'6" but i wanted to keep it lower since i was introducing the concept of the oxer.



hopefully that works, i havent posted a picture on here before.

and be harsh if needed, and THANKS!
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-13-2010, 09:46 PM
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You guys look GREAT! You and the horse. I am very impressed seeing as you are self taught! The only comment I could say and that would be nit picking is to turn your toe more forward instead of gripping with the back of your calf muscle. Your are in great balance with your horse! Kudos!!

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post #3 of 14 Old 11-13-2010, 09:49 PM
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looks good. may i offer one tip? tuck your toes in a little bit more to the horses sides. And as the jumps get bigger you will need a little more release in your hands. Make sense?
good work self teaching yourself you should be proud

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post #4 of 14 Old 11-13-2010, 09:54 PM
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when i read the "self taught" part i was like oh great but then i scrolled down and saw the picture. yall loook amazing, i never would have know you were never trained. your the perfect example of self taugh riding dont right. and your horse looks incredible too. nice distance and judgement. only thing i would say is the same as the other two, your toes should be pointed more forward. goooddd luck to yall though i bed hes do awesome jumping at a show!

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post #5 of 14 Old 11-13-2010, 11:09 PM
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"Self-taught"? You're lying! You look too good to be self-taught! You look fantastic! Your horse is gorgeous, love all the matching blue!
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-13-2010, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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haha thanks guys, it really makes me feel good seeing all of your nice replies. the only lessons ive had were when i was younger (4-8 years old), but all western. they put me in a cutback saddle and i fell in love with english and wanted to jump lol. i had some initial flatwork lessons, but i hated every instructor that i had. i either found them to mean (lol) or they were never available to give lessons. so i was pretty much on my own anyways. i have done ABSOLUTELY all of the work on that horse and he is my heart and soul. i cannot explain my proundness of him or love for him in words. other people have gotten on him, like friends, but no one else has ever jumped him.

and believe me, training a horse is no easy feat lol. basically ive learned from watching other people, listening to their advice and opinions when i ask them something and facebook's Judge My Ride lol!

as for the colours, i think the blue suits him very well :) one of my friends barrel races and her colours are purple for one horse and pink for the other, and my jumping buddy's colour is green. so i figured no one had used blue yet, and its pretty easy to find stuff in it :) except those boots. i bought them dark grey and painted them with sample wall paint and clear acrylic ;D btw, that ended up being a really good idea! lol!
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-22-2010, 03:29 PM
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Great job! Beautiful jumps... One thing that is not always obvious through a picture, but just make sure that your weight is pressing down in your hips and butt still so if there ever was *heaven forbid* a trip after, you wouldn't fall ;) Great job!
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-22-2010, 05:50 PM
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Love the position. Toes turned out a little. Horse looks to be leaving a bit long, but I'm not certain. Hopefullly someone with more experience will chime in on the distance. Great job.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-22-2010, 06:00 PM
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Very nice! You make a great pair & will WOW them at the show!

Something looks a bit off to me though, is your saddle slipping or your stirrups uneven or maybe you are tipping in the upper half to the left a little & pressing more on the right stirrup? It may just be the picture, but you look to be leaning a little left & the horse a little to the right...

Yes, toes a little too far out, as others say. You could start working on the automatic crest release, you seem secure enough to use one.
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Your are to be commended on getting this far with this horse as self taught; your position is excellent. I do have a couple of quibbles or things you might consider working on.

I agree with AnitaAnne, but to me it looks like the horse is laying on his right side in the air a little bit. The clincher for me is to look at how your horse has pushed off - right hind toe is off the ground, left hind is flat footed. I'm guessing your horse is strongly left sided, and prefers to push off from the left hind, which leads to the crookedness/laying on the right side in the air. There are a couple of things you can do to help this - a really disciplined approach to your flat work, where you work more to the right that the left and getting him supple and even on both sides, and a lot of work with gymnastics and ground poles to encourage him to engage both hinds evenly.

You might consider laying poles up on the fence to "funnel" him to the middle and make it harder for him to be uneven.

Unfortunately, all the things I've described are much easier with a knowledgable ground person.

I also think you can stand a little more release - his head and neck position, particularly his face being close to vertical, hint at him being restricted.
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