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    04-29-2012, 05:58 PM
Hunter Jumper Critique :)

This is me and Vic, a school horse I ride. I was wondering of what everyone thinks of both of us. He's not mine but I would still be interested on thoughts of his movement. Thanks in advance!

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    04-30-2012, 07:03 AM
Bumping ;)
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    05-01-2012, 10:55 PM
The things that stand out to me are your arms.... which are straight out in front of you and locked and your knees... which you have pinched through the whole course. I also want to say your stirrups are a hole or more too long.

Your whole balance is tipped forward. You need to work on some basics... keep your heel down, weight in your ankles and grip in calf and thigh with your knee open and almost off the saddle. At the same time you need to bend your elbows, bring your shoulders back and open up your chest.

Basically you need to balance yourself over the center of the saddle. Currently your balance is right over the pommel. This causes you to chase down the fences, getting ahead of the motion, which causes bad spots (like the chip) at best and going over the fence without your horse should he stop. By bringing your weight back and using your seat/leg to push your horse to the fence, you can adjust the striding allowing you to get nice spots each time.

Your ride is really nice and quiet, minus a few missed spots. You'll def have some winning rounds with some more experience. This horse is a saint and really knows her job. When you ask mostly right, she gives it, but you still need to do a little work to have perfection... an excellent school horse.
    05-01-2012, 11:10 PM
Thank you for all the advice. We've been working on basics in my last few lessons and I feel we're already improving a little. I do have an awful habit of pinching with my knees that I've been trying to correct. Any tips on how to do that or is it just muscle memory? And yea he's amazing. He saves my butt all the time <3 thanks so much for all the tips!
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    05-01-2012, 11:33 PM
Sit up taller, almost making belly button your most forward point (rather than your shoulders) when your riding on the flat. When I feel tight I will take the time to do a runners stretch on the ground and on my horse.

Stand against something for support. Lift your leg up like your stepping up then rotate it out to the side straight. You may not be able to get it straight out the first 20 times, depending on your fitness. Repeat other side.

Do this also on the horse at the walk and eventually trot. It will help open your hip angle and allow you to use your seat. You also can't do it if your weight is tipped forward.

You can also work over canter poles and low grids where you rise into a balanced half seat (over the center) and stay loose, following your horse's motion.
    05-01-2012, 11:45 PM
I have an incredible amount of love and appreciation for a good school horse. This boy, is exactly that. His canter is the same, the same, the same all the way around... and I love that he would rather squeeze one more stride in, than try to leap for the long one. He seems like a lovely confidence builder. :)
    05-02-2012, 07:29 AM
Okay I'll have to try that stretch next time I ride! And he really is amazing! Haha he's a really great teacher <3
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    05-03-2012, 04:55 PM
I really respect your quiet seat, and I loved your corners! I used to ride pitched forward too, and my trainer told me to act as if there were strings attached to my sholders pulling up and back like a puppet, also do lots of posting without sturrups to help strengthin you legs and core, will help TONS! Really try to focus on riding for what the horse needs, keeping your core balanced will make your horse have a much easier job, especially when you take off you lean forward quite a bit (probably one of the reasons he's chipping in). Yet again love the quiet seat. I really like your horse ... he knows his job.
    05-03-2012, 09:20 PM
Thank you! Yea my trainer says that too but I'm still working on it ;) I'm doing stirrupless every chance I can when I don't have a lesson and I'm hoping it pays off. Oh okay I'll try not to get to forward over the jumps. Thanks so much for your help!
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    05-03-2012, 10:24 PM
I really like how steady he is! Seems like a great horse. :)
I can tell that you are gripping a lot with your knee in encouraging him to move foward, try sitting up more and lengthening your leg, reaching down and AROUND his barrel. Look at some pictures on google of good eq riders, and look at videos from maclay finals and hunter finals to see how they sit. It will look a lot better if you are sitting up more and encouraging him to go foward with your leg rather than your seat. Your horse will look much more fluid underneath you(: Also try not to move your hands in your release as much, try to plant them on his crest.
Overall, you have a great solid foundation and a great horse to practice on so keep up the good work! :)

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