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        08-04-2009, 02:40 AM
    Improvement Much?

    I just had a laugh! I was going through my friends myspace and found some pictures of the first time I have EVER jumped in my life. So have I improved lol? Also do you think I am doing good teaching myself? I am self taught because I have a lot of emotional scarring from a past trainer right now. Also has my overall riding position improved?

    Jumping pictures:
    First jump ever!


    Third day ever jumping

    Flat pictures:
    Wow! That is bad.


    Here are the most recent pics! 13 months later!

    Flat work:

    Tell me what you guys think! I changed my riding style from CRAPPY dressageish riding to hunter jumper.
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        08-04-2009, 03:40 AM
    Definitely better than before! Keep up the good work!
        08-04-2009, 08:45 PM
    Better position, but your leg is still slipping back and you're jumping ahead. In those pics titled 13 months later, try shortening your stirrups a hole. At the halt, stand straight up in the stirrups, keep your lower leg at the girth with heels down. Then put the rest of your body into 2 point position without moving your lower leg. You will have to play with your hip angle and shoulder position to find your balance. Once you find it, canter in that position for as long as you can hold it. Put down ground poles and canter over them in 2 point making sure that you don't fall forward or back if you horse takes a weird step. Practice that position until your legs fall off and then go back fences and lots of grid work. Gymnastics are great. They let your horse take care of the jumping and all you have to do in concentrate on holding your position and not jumping ahead. Sorry if I wrote a book!
        08-04-2009, 09:12 PM
    Green Broke
    FANTASTIC improvement! Yeah, you still have some faults, but I come from the school of mostly self taught, so I can appreciate how far you've come with no instruction! Kudos to you for striving to better yourself, you guys look great!
        08-04-2009, 09:54 PM
        08-05-2009, 04:31 AM
    Thanks everyone!

    MyBoyPuck, would it be ok to canter around in two point without the ground poles. Junior doesn't understand the concept of ground poles, I have pictures I can post because we were using them in between jumps so he wouldn't rush and instead of taking them in stride and slowing down, he decided to jump the poles as well. He jumps anything on the ground including a tiny pole if I am in two point. If I am sitting up normal he will trot or canter over them but if I am in two point he leaps over them like they are huge.

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