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    09-19-2010, 03:56 PM
Talking Jumping ... could always use some other opinions

These are pictures from our recent event. It was only our second time out. We did awesome, and I'm sooo excited for photos cause I rarely get to see what I look like riding. Sorry you have to click on a link. I did buy the CD package, but won't get it for a week. Patients is not my virtue.

Primo is green but a a fast learner. I've only had him 7 months. We're schooling BN but sticking to Elementary this season till our canter improves some more. The critique is more for me, but if there's anything you see on him please feel free to comment as well.

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    09-19-2010, 08:48 PM
I would like to say that the first thing I noticed was that you are doing a very nice job of releasing your horse. :) Good job! Your heels are great but I think you need to get your leg just a bit more underneath you. You get slightly chairseated while on the flat. Practice more two point. In a lot of your pictures, your horse seems to get to the jump at an awkward point, almost too close to the jump. I'm not sure if he's just being careless because the jumps are so low or he does that all the time. I would practice some gymnastics to help tidy him up and rock him back on his hindquarters. He looks like he's just "heaving" himself over them and the jumps are low so it doesn't take much effort. Maybe its just laziness. Your back looks great and you are looking where you are going! :) You are jumping ahead in quite a few of the pictures. Especially since your horse is taking off so late, you really need to stay back so that way if something happens, he doesn't chuck you off over his neck. I think you should practice seeing your distances too, to help get your horse to the correct take off spot. :)
    09-20-2010, 08:50 AM
Thank you. The jumping ahead surprised me because I felt like I was riding to every fence, but it's something to work on. When he's unsure, he does have a tendency to add a stride rather than get the spot. He does tidy up over larger fences, but he does need some grid work doesn't he?
    09-20-2010, 11:16 AM
What I noticed in every picture you are jumping ahead, and you are not getting the correct spots. But it's understandable because the horse is green, but if you sat and waited for the jump to come to you, then you will be able to see a better spot and not jump ahead.

Your horse hangs his knees in some pictures, and doesnt really give too much effort over the jumps, but he doesnt have to since they are so small. But a lot of gymnastic lines will help with that.

Other than that both of you look really good. And your horse is so shiny white.
    09-20-2010, 09:51 PM
Yea the first 2 fences were def awkward. My fault. When I learned the course I was going brown fence, yellow.... well there were 2 brown fences... we may have had a moment of rider indecision. Lol. He did better once I pushed him forward... ie the black oxer that he vaulted over. I worked a bit tonight getting him infront of me to the fences and our distances def were better. I'm looking forward to the next event.
    09-21-2010, 07:43 PM
Originally Posted by MudPaint    
Thank you. The jumping ahead surprised me because I felt like I was riding to every fence, but it's something to work on. When he's unsure, he does have a tendency to add a stride rather than get the spot. He does tidy up over larger fences, but he does need some grid work doesn't he?
Yes, gymnastic exercises will really help him out. I can't think of any off the top of my head but I'm sure if you start a post on here asking about them or just looking them up online, you're sure to find what you're looking for.

Ride with confidence to help him get to the jumps correctly. Stay back, just let the horse carry you over the fence and let him do the work. :)
    09-23-2010, 08:29 PM

These are from our first event, which was good as well. We still didn't have forward here, I was so proud when he actually cantered between a few fences. Lol. How things have changed since June. Looks like we're going to an event mid oct.
    09-23-2010, 08:31 PM
Ok that didn't work... lol here are the links.

2010-05-16 - X-Country - Starter - BCHP Horse Trials - Tallman Photo

2010-05-16 - Stadium - Starter - BCHP Horse Trials - Tallman Photo

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