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post #1 of 11 Old 09-08-2012, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Jumper Critique

heres some videos over gymnastics with a short course and from a horse show a few months ago:

What I know: Bending at the hips more and keeping my heel down/ leg secure to allow me to go with my horse over the jumps. Also when i see my distance I count in my head how many strides left ( 3, 2, 1, ) and I can see that with my body i kind of rock myself with the strides.. you will see what i mean lol!


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*******Please if you tell me what is wrong could you ALSO say what to work on to improve it! Also if you can find something good in the ride as well.. many of my critiques in the past have been all negative and its nice to hear at least one thing nice.... Thanks!!
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-08-2012, 06:02 PM
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My opinion...
You're a bit loud with your hands. And you push your horse with your seat. This may very well be how your horse needs to be ridden. It's just something i notice.
Your distances are, at times, a bit questionable... which is why i would assume that your horse pulls a rail from time to time. If the jumps get bigger, and you're riding a speed round, you're going to have to ensure that you don't miss.
I really liked this article:
See the Jump, See the Distance from Practical Horseman | EquiSearch.com

It helped me quite a bit to see distances differently.

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What I'm seeing, (and this might be wrong since I am not very experienced with jumping) is you are riding between fences in a full seat and then fighting to catch up to the horse's motion when you get to the fence. It's too much movement to keep up with and throws your lower leg back. Maybe try riding in a slightly more forward seat between fences so you're don't have such a big move to make when you get to the fence.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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From what I saw is that you and stella look amazing. You guys look like you could rock the hunter world. Anyways, you have an amazing heel. But you just need to keep your leg tight. You should try relaxing your back more and allowing the horse to jump. You also need to give a better release. I don't see one at all and it is kinda important over jumps that size.

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That big move you make that MyBoyPuck mentioned is because you have a chair seat :( as a result, your body needs to make a big move to get over your foot so you are in balance. In another thread, someone mentioned "double posting." It would be a good thing for you to experiment with.

Mostly your riding is really solid. I saw what you meant about rocking your shoulders in the first video, but it was not even an issue in the other videos, so it looks like you fixed that already. If you want some additional input try to get a better video. These were kind of all over the place. With a rider as good as you, a critic needs a better quality video so that the little details can be assessed, cuz that's what you are down to at this point - fixing subtle details. Nice work.
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Thanks everyone, great critiques and tips! I am working out some bad habits right now for sure so I appreciate the tips!

Oxer: I've read that article a few times and I'm trying to use the advice given there, thank you for posting it again :)

AmandaB: for a better quality video what would be a better video to get ?
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Just keeping the horse in the frame would make a big difference! Some of the videos you posted are a bit choppy and pixelated. You may be able to adjust the settings on the camera you are using, or try a different camera. Just see what gives you clearer results.
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Here are pics from that day, so you can have a closer look at whats going on. You can critique on these aswell if you'd like. ( Ps: no knee pinching, just may look that way! But i feel like my leg could be more under me but at the same time if it was right at the girth i would be unbalanced. My saddle needs some tweaking its really distorting my position. It puts my legs back in a canter and forward in the trot... I have knee and thigh blocks )

Bluemoonlvr: Do you think that this is an appropriate release?

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I recommend working on transitions and extending THEN collecting.
You seem just a bit behind the motion. Be sure to keep your shoulders square, and your back and arms relaxed, yet hold them where they need to be. You've got great potential to be a competing team. Nice show video, good seat and Wonderful leg!
Keep up the good work!

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i only watched that last video because my computer is being a pain in the butt, but you and your horse both look really good !

i also pump with my body a little bit sometimes and it is usually caused by stiff elbows, so just think about a little more movement in your arm and your body will quiet down.

i also prefer a lighter seat in general, but that also depends on the horse and personal preference.

overall I though the course was very steady and well ridden, good job =]

edit to add, i though your release was just right. it is important not to release to much to maintain the length of the neck and ultimately the length of the stride.

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