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post #1 of 11 Old 04-04-2012, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Hunter/Jumper Needs Critique

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-04-2012, 10:45 PM
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Okay, I know this is a critique, but the overall picture is attractive. I really like the way the purple goes with your horse's coat. Your horse is jumping beautifully, just excellent all around - the knees, ears, and hind feet left the ground and *almost* the same time. You look a tad crouched over his/her withers, I would pull it up a little bit for the size of the jump. Your toes need to come in. Your eye is up and that is great. I would suggest auto release, but people feel strongly either way with that debate. You guys are an attractive pair.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-04-2012, 11:25 PM
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I agree that I think you guys look great overall. You leg looks solid with a great heel, your back is straight, your eyes are looking ahead. Your horse seems to know its job and be doing it well. I also would say a bit more of a release would be nice but other than that great job!


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post #4 of 11 Old 04-05-2012, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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I agree that I think you guys look great overall. You leg looks solid with a great heel, your back is straight, your eyes are looking ahead. Your horse seems to know its job and be doing it well. I also would say a bit more of a release would be nice but other than that great job!

Been working on the auto release! I do eventing full time & thought I would try my hand in the hunter ring lol. Thank you do much it is very useful critique!!
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-05-2012, 01:28 AM
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Love it! So many critiques when there is just simply too much too critique.

The only thing that could be possible is slightly more release but your reins are not completely tight. Just give a bit more.

Wonderful. So nice to see a great jumper. Congrats. I'd be really proud of that photo if I were you.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-08-2012, 08:26 AM
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Lots to like in this photo.

Rock solid, classically correct lower leg, rider exactly in the center of the horse and in balance, out of the the saddle the correct amount for the height of the fence, back flat and relaxed and head and eye up looking for the next fence.

Only two quibbles, as other posters have mentioned: You could use a more generous release, including an auto release, and the amount of fold or angle in your hip is more than the size of the fence requires.

One other comment: while the horse has an apealling expression and a good, tidy front end, he is not rounding over this fence at all. He has a jumping style described as "splinter belly" or "landing gear up/landing gear down." It may be that he's smart enough to know he doesn't need to make a big effort over this fence, and rounds nicely when put to a fence that requires it. It's subtle, but I also think he has a tendency to lay on his right side in the air. If he were mine, I'd be doing a lot of gymnastics with bounces and tight, technical distances to encourage him to use his whole body over the fence, rather than just snapping his knees.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-08-2012, 02:05 PM
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You look great is all I have to say :)


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post #8 of 11 Old 04-10-2012, 05:41 PM
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looks good overall, just looks llike you need to give more with the reins
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-11-2012, 04:10 PM
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Yay, good rider ^.^

Like many have said, rock legs, solid position, just pull up a tad. I also noticed the slight lean to the right, horsewise.

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is your hands. They seem to be a bit too splayed - hold your fingers around the reins and give more instead of loosening your hands quite that much. Yea, they need to be loose, but they could be tighter. Also, your breaking a the wrist just a tiny bit. Pretend you have a wrist-brace on, keep your hands in line with your arms! Otherwise, prefect ;) Mind me asking the height of the jump?

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-11-2012, 04:27 PM
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You've got a very solid position. My biggest concern is the release, your horse doesn't seem to have a very round, hunter-like jump and holding is mouth like that is probably not helping. Your hip angle is also very intense for size of the jump/the horses jumping style.

Aesthetically, the broken wrists over the jump is also a big pet peeve for me, however it doesn't affect much.


Again, these are all very minor errors. Overall, you're a very solid looking rider
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