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    11-29-2013, 12:07 PM
Jumper Critique

Hey everyone! This is a video of my mare and I jumping. She's pretty green still, and her strides aren't very consistent so I like working on the long approach to a single oxer. In the future I'm hoping she will be a low children jumper/childrens eq horse :). I know I tend to snap back in the air and land in the saddle too early... Does anyone have any ideas on how to improve that? Any critique of both of us is very welcome (especially on my release; I've recently started using an automatic release rather than crest). Thanks in advance!!

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    12-20-2013, 08:40 PM
It seems to me that you tend to carry your hands a little high and tight. The horse doesn't seem to be pulling at the jump or speeding up at all so I would say you could relax your arms some and drop your hands during your approach (but still keep contact). This will also help with your release because when you go into your two point and raise your hands there will already be more release because the reins have somewhere to go.
Your position looks really nice! As for snapping back in the saddle, you just have to learn to feel how long you need to stay up. It all depends on the stride your horse takes, how big the jump is, and how the horse lands. I would suggest taking the jump a few times and staying in your two point as long as you can and continue at the canter after the jump in that position for a few strides. It will help you feel when your balance is restored. Then you can try it again and find your seat in that first full stride after the landing.
Overall, you look pretty good, though!
    12-28-2013, 11:18 PM
I really like this rider.

I think you have a wonderful leg, a fantastic core, and beautiful hands/release. I do agree that you come back a little early. What I would do is ride some grids, staying in two-point the whole time, feeling where your body is during each phase of the jump. This helped me immensely, and will help your horse as well.

I strongly disagree with the above poster when it comes to dropping your hands. Nowhere in the show ring, or in functional riding, is that acceptable, as you essentially throw your horse on his/her forehand right before the jump. It is a terrible habit that is extremely hard to break. Your hands upon the approach are perfect, I wouldn't change a thing.

Out of curiosity, why are you asking her to take longer distances? My trainer always tells me to always go for the tighter distance. Not saying you're wrong, simply asking :)

Thank you! Again, I think you are a fantastic rider, and I have a feeling this horse will do very well with you! :)
    01-02-2014, 05:52 PM
Thank you so much! I'll definitely try the grid idea.
XJumperx- I wasn't actually referring to the distance I take for the jump when I said long approach; rather, the fact that it is a single oxer (not a line or combo) with a good amount of room before it. This often makes distances hard to find, because there is no set amount of strides like there is in a line :). This really helps my horse because she is very green and "enthusiastic"... aka she likes to run full speed towards the jumps, so this forces her to relax and take it easy to get the right distance! Hope that clarifies, and thanks again!

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