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        11-28-2009, 12:31 AM
    Jump critique.

    So my sister only got two decent shots of us jumping today. She missed us entirely most of the time, ha ha. But I thought I'd post the two I did have. I do think there's a small improvement to my last jumping pics. Haven't jumped much (if at all?) since, but have just been doing flat work.

    Woo crossrail!

    Landing. I sit down too soon!

    What I know/see:
    • jumping ahead
    • toes in, anchor heels
    • release could be better but for such small jumps it's okay
    • sitting down too early
    • square shoulders

    I may have it all, ha ha. But though I'd post anyway.
    Zu was super good today. His whoa and downward transitions are SO much better. And no taking off early except one time when I dropped him right before the jump. All my own fault. I focused on keeping my legs at the girth before and over the jump, and sitting tall. Next time I really need to practice staying off his back for longer. And I forgot to put his boots on today. But I normally do and we only jumped maybe three or four times.

    Have at it!
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        11-28-2009, 04:32 PM
    In the first picture you have a ton of slack in your reins and your hands aren't even very far up. To me this says you went into the jump on a long rein. I'd suggest shortening your reins quite a bit so you have a nice bit of contact on the way up to the jump.

    For the small jump your release looks about right, I'm assuming you use a slightly longer release over the second, bigger jump. If not, you should be. :)

    Second picture on the landing you probably should be sitting like you are at that point. I can't tell from these two pictures whether or not you're sitting down too early, but if you think you are then there are two things you could do to solve that.

    First, focus on just holding that release a second or two longer. If you have a steady base of support (and it looks like you're doing okay), then holding the release longer should be no problem, just a matter of getting in the habit.

    If, however, the problem is stemming from weakness in your leg, then you'll need to work at tightening that up. With a strong lower leg, you will be able to hold yourself in your 2-point more.

    Hope this helped! Good luck!
        12-13-2009, 03:43 PM
    You need to push your heels further down into the stirrup irons, you also look like you are getting ahead of your horse if that makes sense.
        12-13-2009, 03:59 PM
    ^ Thanks. I do have a tendency to jump ahead. It's getting better, but it'll be some time before I can break the habit. As for my heels, I agree, I should probably do more two-point on the flat and work on really solidifying my position.

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