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        11-29-2007, 08:08 PM
      #1
    Foal
    jumping

    Taught myself almost all I know about jumping, im 16 and would love to show.....how does my position look? Remember I am not a trained jumper....just enjoy having fun....
         
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        11-29-2007, 08:11 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Sorry accidently posterd same pic twice....heres another
         
        11-29-2007, 11:50 PM
      #3
    Trained
    Wow! You taught yourself?? Well done! :)

    In the first pic there is something a little funny looking but I can't quite put my finger on it. Oh I got it! Your legs look like they are doing what I call 'chicken winging' with arms. My husband, who is just learning to ride, puts his arms out like chicken wings when he starts trotting. Looks like your legs are doing that. Your knees should be on the saddle. It also looks like your bum is lifted straight up from the saddle rather than having the lean forwards position but this could be influenced by the chicken legging :) sorry, I mean no offence by that term its just a name I have given it. In that pic it also looks like you are leaning a little on his neck but your release seems really good. I would also say that your legs have slipped back and your toes are a little too turned out :)

    The main thing I can see from the other pics is the leg slipping back. You seem to have good hands and give him plenty of release which is awesome for a self taught person. I don't know if there is anything else to critique but my boss is going to be back soon so I have to stop playing on the forum and do some work ;)

    Keep up the good work and I think with a little more fine tuning you will do really well at some starter showjumping :)
         
        11-30-2007, 09:04 AM
      #4
    Foal
    Thanks I feel pretty proud of myself considering that I taught myself....i just did what felt natural....apparently it worked for the most part :)
         
        12-01-2007, 03:53 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Perosnally well done for self teaching yourself, but on the picture where you jumping on you off side (right side)u look like you are putting to much weight on your horse's kneck, im not sure tho, you look gd in your other two pictures, keep up the hard work x
    Btw in 16 and I am self taught aswell
         
        12-09-2007, 08:37 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Im sorry but the third picture is almost frightening how ahead of your horse's jump you are. I'm not trying to be mean, but i'm concerned for your safety and the comfort of your horse. You need to let your horse jump up to you instead of you trying to jump for your horse.

    You also might want to try jumping without stirrups so you learn where your leg should be (a little behind the girth). I would suggest working on your two point on the flat at the trot and canter with stirrups to secure your position. Then, try jumping smaller jumps without stirrups, making sure you distribute the grip between the lower thigh and knee, with your heels down. You also might want to try to shorten your stirrups so at the longest they hit your ankle when your feet are out of the stirrups.

    Im so sorry if I sound harsh I really didnt mean to you do have a good start, and congratulations on what you've taught yourself already.

    Good luck!
         
        12-09-2007, 08:59 PM
      #7
    Foal
    u rok

    OMG you seriously rok to think you taught ur self how long have you been jumping 4 and how long has the paint been jumping 4 cos yas look really good and you r self taught jumping over a mtr in some of em
         
        12-29-2007, 04:51 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Not bad for teaching yourself (clapping!) Although, you need to sit up a bit more and keep your hind end in that saddle more. You're over the pomel too much. Good job though.
         
        01-09-2008, 02:18 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 3days3ways
    im sorry but the third picture is almost frightening how ahead of your horse's jump you are. I'm not trying to be mean, but i'm concerned for your safety and the comfort of your horse. You need to let your horse jump up to you instead of you trying to jump for your horse.

    You also might want to try jumping without stirrups so you learn where your leg should be (a little behind the girth). I would suggest working on your two point on the flat at the trot and canter with stirrups to secure your position. Then, try jumping smaller jumps without stirrups, making sure you distribute the grip between the lower thigh and knee, with your heels down. You also might want to try to shorten your stirrups so at the longest they hit your ankle when your feet are out of the stirrups.

    Im so sorry if I sound harsh I really didnt mean to you do have a good start, and congratulations on what you've taught yourself already.

    Good luck!
    I agree with this poster ... there are some definite good points, but there are also issues which could provide some safety issues.

    Going by what feels right is a good way to start, feeling comfortable is key when jumping. The paint is a nice, scopey horse and I like how well he rounds over the fences. He definitely seems to enjoy what he's doing!

    Your leg is your base of support when jumping, and it is extremely important to build a strong leg position. To polish up that leg, you need to shorten your stirrups at least 2 holes, which will immediately tighten them up. Bring your toe back in a little so that you aren't gripping with the back side of your legs. You do need to bring your knees in so they touch the saddle, but the grip should be with your inner thigh and calf. Ride lots and lots of two-point, and be sure that you aren't supporting any of your weight with his neck. Ride with arms straight out to the side and hold that two-point. This will significantly strengthen your legs and help you to get them in the most correct position. And keep those heels down!

    Once you've got that leg tightened up, concentrate on making sure your back stays nice and flat.

    You are off to a good start because you are comfortable jumping, now you just need to really polish it up for the show ring!
         
        01-10-2008, 03:14 AM
      #10
    Yearling
    :o first of all, well done... You have natural ability, you just need some areas that need work for the show ring. But trust me if you work on them, you will do very well

    Your frame needs working on, and your lower leg. Other then that, watch out for 'Begin of a dream' she is going to take home all the prize money lol :P

    Hang in there darl, remember practise makes perfect... goodluck
         

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