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    03-10-2012, 09:16 PM
Arrow Judge This Course!! Horse and Rider.

This is my baby Cowboy. He is 4, and has started his jumps. We are going to a schooling show next week, so we did some multi-jump practice/courses, which he had never done. We then added 'scary stuff' to it the day following, which is the course you see here ;)

No worries about overjumping him - He was loving this, didn't duck out at all, and no more jumping untill show day for him!! These are all 18'', except the crossrail, which is like ... 2 inches :p I compete 2'9'' with my trainer and her schoolhorses, but Cowboy has only just started out, and we are taking it easy. Nothing even close to 2'9 untill he is 6. Period. I don't want him out early, and I don't want him discouraged.

ANYWAYS, this was our last round of the day, and I asked to have it recorded. IMO, Cowboy was almost perfect. Got all his leads, got the distance for the line, kept his head on straight ... the only thing wrong with him was when he broke from the canter at the end. I'm not asking me though!! Judge him AND me!! Things I've noticed about me - my legs are swinging ... a lot. My legs don't usually move a lot at the trot on the school horses, so idk whats going on here. If you know, tell me! I also need to sit back in between the line.
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    03-10-2012, 09:27 PM
You need to change the privacy settings on the video; it's private.
    03-10-2012, 09:33 PM

    03-10-2012, 09:34 PM
It's still listed as private.
    03-10-2012, 09:46 PM
Let me repost. How do you delete a thread?
    03-10-2012, 10:33 PM
I can see both videos...weird nobody else can see them. Horse looks like he's going to enjoy eventing. Nice relaxed jumping. I'd like to see you more out of the saddle and more still in your upper body. Your knees should be absorbing the motion while in your half seat rendering your upper body motionless to the naked eye. Once he's jumping more, gymnastics will help a lot.
    03-10-2012, 10:43 PM
Thank you MBP :) Yea, the video thing is wierd :p Who knows...

Anyways, I have noticed I move a lot on him. I try to excuse it as me just getting used to him, but I think it's time to buckle down and throw that out x.x

When you say 'get out of the saddle,' do you mean on the flat, trotting and cantering, or in 2point?
    03-10-2012, 10:46 PM
I can see it too!
I like your horse, I can't believe he's four, he looks super quiet. I think you could put him together better though and give him a better balance and gait to jump from. And I agree about doing gymnastics I think it would help you to refine your position and also help your horse learn too. Overall I think you guys are a good pair. Good luck at your show!
    03-10-2012, 10:47 PM
2 point. Do you ski? If you've ever done moguls, it's the same idea. Jim Wofford has a good exercise for remaining motionless when in 2 point or galloping position. At all 3 gaits, ride with your hand behind you touching your rear with one side and the cantle with the other. That space should remain the same distance when you're in 2 point. It took me a long time to find the sweet spot, but it's well worth finding.
    03-10-2012, 10:48 PM
I forgot to ask. Your horse is my horse's twin. What was his racing name?

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