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post #1 of 15 Old 02-19-2010, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hunter Jumping Critique(:

Hey people. I wanted to see if you have anything that i could work on with riding(:
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-19-2010, 10:35 PM
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Looks great! lovely form, except those deerrrrn piano hands on gangsta!!! lol fix that, and you'll be fine, love! ;)

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Do you see how your backside is coming up over the pommel of your saddle in some of those pictures? It needs to stay down closer to the seat of your saddle. Try to wait & let your horse's motion open your hip & lift you up instead of throwing yourself forward. Also, make sure that you are truly "giving" in your release, and not using it as an excuse to support your upper body on her neck. It's okay if your hands touch your horse's neck, but you shouldn't be leaning onto your hands at all, since it rocks your body out of position (notice how far your leg has slipped back in picture #3?), & it makes it harder for your horse to stretch out and balance herself. That being said, I LOVE the way your eyes are always looking forward, & you are sinking your heels down.
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All i can think of is to keep your shoulders back and sit tall

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post #5 of 15 Old 02-20-2010, 12:40 AM
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In one photo when your not jumping your feet are sticking out, lol, that's all i can say.

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I love your avatar/sig. That's all. :)

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post #7 of 15 Old 02-20-2010, 12:46 AM
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Great eyes and back. just learn to wait for the horse to jump for you, dont jump for him and duck your upper body.
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post #8 of 15 Old 02-20-2010, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all(: I'm working on that. Waiting for my horse and keeping my shoulders back.
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I think that if you worked on getting your lower leg more solidly underneath you it would greatly help the jumping ahead and laying on the neck. It all your photos, your stirrup leather is hanging behind the perpendicular. It's even the case in your flat work photo. It's not a dramatic amount, but it's certainly enough to create other problems in your form. In the photo on the palomino, you're also gripping with the back of you calf and rotating your toe out; this also shows up in slightly in the flat work photo, but is not present on the paint.

I don't want to take anything away from the fact that you're clearly a capable, athletic rider, but polishing up your form will take you to the next level.

Riding without stirrups is a great way to build your lower leg, and jumping low grids and gymnastics without stirrups is a great way to learn to wait for the horse and let him close your angles. On a flat work day, try securing the inside branch of your stirrup to your girth with a bit of baling twine or string. You'll be amazed what it feels like when your leg is truly underneath you. You'll also feel a tug on the stirrups when your lower leg pivots back.
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I think that if you worked on getting your lower leg more solidly underneath you it would greatly help the jumping ahead and laying on the neck. It all your photos, your stirrup leather is hanging behind the perpendicular. It's even the case in your flat work photo. It's not a dramatic amount, but it's certainly enough to create other problems in your form. In the photo on the palomino, you're also gripping with the back of you calf and rotating your toe out; this also shows up in slightly in the flat work photo, but is not present on the paint.

I don't want to take anything away from the fact that you're clearly a capable, athletic rider, but polishing up your form will take you to the next level.

Riding without stirrups is a great way to build your lower leg, and jumping low grids and gymnastics without stirrups is a great way to learn to wait for the horse and let him close your angles. On a flat work day, try securing the inside branch of your stirrup to your girth with a bit of baling twine or string. You'll be amazed what it feels like when your leg is truly underneath you. You'll also feel a tug on the stirrups when your lower leg pivots back.
Yea my trainer now makes me ride every lesson without stirrups. I need more recent pictures, because I have improved. But thank you! It helps a lot what other people see and take it and learn from it.


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