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        10-23-2010, 10:25 PM
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    Can someone critique me and the pony I ride. Im trying to get him ready for pony jumpers next year at river glen. If the video doesnt work then im sorry.

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        10-24-2010, 10:11 AM
    Not working
        10-24-2010, 10:21 AM
    Yep not working "this video is a duplicate of a previously posted video"
        10-24-2010, 10:22 AM
        10-24-2010, 05:03 PM
    Yehh I tried to post it before but it still wont work I think it works on youtube though.
    Its called Taylor jumping the day he bit my finger.
        10-27-2010, 01:45 AM
    Found it:

    I'll critique later when I've got a few hours of sleep under my belt.
        10-27-2010, 02:39 AM
    Hmmm... I don't really like the way you yank and kick on your pony... Im dumbfounded as to why your instructor is telling you to "kick, kick".

    You look like you are jumping in front of her in some spots and then others she is leaving you behind. Your position also seems slumpy, you need to try and sit up more and put your shoulders back.

    Your pony seems very willing, but he also seems lazy. He doesn't seem like he is a Jumper ;). There is also something about him I just can't pinpoint... he isn't using himself over the jumps... but throwing himself, if that makes sense? He is also short on almost all of those jumps...

    Would like to see what others say :).
        10-27-2010, 02:56 AM
    Distances, distances, distances. You nor your pony understands where the base of the jump is, so he's taking off from long and short spots to compensate for a lack of knowledge on both your parts. I'm surprised you didn't whack your nose on your pony's neck on the first jump; you jumped too early, the pony put in another stride and chipped it badly.
    I'm sure your instructor has the best intentions, but she's going about it in a manner that is going to result in an accident, or your pony becoming sour towards jumping. At 0:36, you yank the pony's head around in a circle, and your instructor is telling you to "kick! Kick!" - no, you should be sitting down, and collecting him up with your seat for the turn. It doesn't seem like she's a jumping instructor; she isn't addressing the very basics: your position, controlling the horse's shoulder and ribcage, and learning distances. She's probably great at some things, but if you truly want to develop your jumping, she's not the trainer to learn under.
        10-27-2010, 04:11 AM
    To begin with, just try to keep your upper body more straight and more 90degrees. I guess it's because you want to make him move faster that you lean front, but that is not helping much when it comes close to the jumps.

    Instead of jumping a round of fences, why don't you ask for an exersice where you ll have 2 polls on the ground, at a distance of 5 canter strides and try to get over them few times with 5 strides, sometimes with 4 strides and sometimes with 6 strides.
    That could help you on estimating your distance better, and develop you ability of approaching an obstacle.

    Whatever you do, good luck !
        10-27-2010, 02:26 PM
    You are not riding to the jump. A stride before the jump you just throw your horse away and expect him to do all the work. You need to ride that horse all the way to the jump. Instead of kicking and pulling, you should drive the horse with your legs. The more you kick and yank the less your horse is going to want to jump

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