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    05-28-2011, 08:04 PM
Hunter Critique

Hey, This was from my first horse show this month. I leased this horse for a month.

I lost my stirrup on the first fence, hense why the rest of the course was bad.

Critique PLEASE!!

Any eq tips I can get would be good!!
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    05-28-2011, 08:20 PM
woooow. You did reaaaaaal good for someone who was jumping with ONE stirrup. You stayed pretty well balanced considering! Good job. But... why didn't you try to just slip the stirrup back on? Or did you try but we just couldn't see it?
    05-28-2011, 08:23 PM
You look nice! Just remember to keep your leg on to all the fences, you dropped your horse a couple times, and got the tight distances. Practice seeing your distances from far out, and that will give you time to adjust your horse's stride to ride to the correct spot at each and every fence. When you DO get a tight distance, don't drop your upper body. Sit tall, and by supporting your horse more, you can make the short distance look not-so-short. From the video, I get the impression that you're more of a passenger- get those hands off of the neck and ride every stride. The course was very nice, there just wasn't that 'wow' factor that you get from a winning hunter round. First create the energy from behind, and then harness it to maintain that 'jump' in the canter- you had it at some parts, but at others you lost it and the movement wasn't as elastic as it could have been. For hunters, I would work on maintaining a relaxed but forward canter in a half-seat to encourage movement through the back. One last thing, make sure your horse isn't drifting through the lines. I like your position- your heels are down, you are looking up, and you are a quiet rider. Just make sure that you don't pump with your upper body.
Great job, you and your horse look like a very good team!
    05-28-2011, 08:28 PM
Sorry, no critique, but that horse is gorgeous! How tall is he?
    05-28-2011, 08:34 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Sorry, no critique, but that horse is gorgeous! How tall is he?
Thank you! She's 16.2 :) She is so pretty!
    05-28-2011, 08:52 PM
Originally Posted by Hidalgo13    
woooow. You did reaaaaaal good for someone who was jumping with ONE stirrup. You stayed pretty well balanced considering! Good job. But... why didn't you try to just slip the stirrup back on? Or did you try but we just couldn't see it?
I did try, my trainer was yelling at me to get it back but I couldnt and it messed me up, so I just continued on after the like 3rd fence :) Haha
    05-28-2011, 09:16 PM
I say bravo for completing the course without a stirrup :)

I think arnz said anything I could cover and gave great advice! Keep up the great work!
    05-28-2011, 11:11 PM
Sometimes it looked like your upper body was overworking a little. But I am just so amazed at how well you did with one stirrup.
    05-29-2011, 07:21 PM
Do you guys have tips for stopping my rocking upper body? I got a really bad habit sence I started riding 2 years ago by pushing my horse ( I rode the same horse for a year with the same trainer) forward with my seat and upper body. My old trainer never caught it..
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    05-29-2011, 07:42 PM
(Lover, Lover by Jarrod Nieman fits his strides perfectly. It was on the radio as I watched this. Just thought it was funny.)

He is beautiful. And good for you! You stuck out the whole course. You have a very nice lower leg. However, I would practice getting your stirrup back. It's a good skill to have, seeing how many times it has saved MY butt from being on the ground. Simply dipping your toe in usually gets the job done. Practice it :)
I've not heard of an exercise to stop pumping with your upper body. It's more of a thing that you just need to hear constant reminders. I always think about loosening my hips so I don't feel like my shoulders need to go. It's a mental thing, tell yourself over and over...and over again, not to do it :)
Looked awesome!

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