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post #1 of 21 Old 08-06-2011, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Crit. Please

Ok, not the best photos, since I can rarely get anyone out to photograph me. Sorry I only have 2, I got some videos, but they are way to grainy to be usefull.

Please just critique what you can in a constructive way. I do realize I am jumping ahead, so any advice for that would be greatly appreciated.





Please, don't laugh at my ghetto jumps. Lol. I gotta make do with what I have right now.

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-06-2011, 07:08 PM
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Keep your toes forward and let some more slack on the reins
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-06-2011, 08:17 PM
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I realize this is none of my buisness, but if you are going to continue jumping it might be a good idea to wear a helmet. Even if you don't usually wear one on the flat. Jumping is a very dangerous sport. My helmet has saved me from quite a few concussions in the jumper ring and I was very greatful.
So on to the critique!
While going toward the jump think about bringing your body in to a more forward position (half seat) you can work on your half seat at the trot or canter to strengthen your seat and legs. Use ground poles before your jump if possible, I notice in the photo your horse seems un sure on the distance point and where to take off. These ground poles will help you guys a lot. While gaining your confidence in jumping it is also to look at your position.
I notice you are grabbing with your heel and this is going to make jumping uncomftorable. While in that half seat think about your heels. Keep lots of weight in them and when about to take off slide the leg forward. Make sure when going forward not to throw your hands and body. I like you release and so far you guys are looking really good! Sorry if I blabbed on for a bit, just thought I could give you some tips or ideas!
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-06-2011, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the crit.

I can't exactly do ground poles at the moment because the ground is so danged dry that is cracked. Like big cracks. Horse swallowing cracks. I actually only ride about once a week now and not in my pasture I have to go down the road to my uncles hay feild where there is no cattle so the ground is in better shape.

But I WILL be doing ground poles once I can actually ride on my property again.

I can do lots of half-seat work though. My legs could use the work out. Lol.

And deffinately work on my heels.

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post #5 of 21 Old 08-06-2011, 09:38 PM
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I think you look great! I am also getting into jumping again and have the "jumping ahead" of my horse issue -_-'
I also just wanted to say I love how you are with your appys! I might be getting one this week, I have heard they can kind of have an additude and strong willed, I hope I can get the kind of bond you have with your appys with this Appy mare
Good Luck!
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post #6 of 21 Old 08-06-2011, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Lol. Yeah appies can have an attitude, but they're great versitale horses. I love my girls to death! They also have personality galore. My girl, Daisy, is the best horse I've ever owned. She just takes everything in stride and is amazing.

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post #7 of 21 Old 08-07-2011, 12:35 AM
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Lonestar,

I am not a jumper, so can only make very general observations, but I can see in both pictures that your leg is too straight. If you could put some bend in your knee and bend in your ankle, this might help you rotate the knee around to be more on the saddle. You would kind of "accordian" up more and it might help keep you from jumping ahead.
Ghetto jumping! Indeed!
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post #8 of 21 Old 08-07-2011, 12:43 AM
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beautiful horse by the way, loovvee the color! I agree with tiny, bend your knees and ankles, get your toes up and maybe let some slack into the reins, other then that your looking good!

the hardest part of riding is the ground... yup sounds about right
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post #9 of 21 Old 08-07-2011, 12:43 AM
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your horse is lazy lazy lazy with the jumping effort... and his ears are very telling of how unsure your seat/legs are.

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post #10 of 21 Old 08-07-2011, 12:52 AM
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As important as the half seat is I think what you really need to remember to get over jumping ahead is holding your shoulder back. It'll discourage you from getting too far forward too soon, and allow you to keep out of the way of your horse and let her do the work. That way it will be easier for you to let her come up to you and then get up off her back.
It's difficult to tell in the second picture (it looks like the bridle has completely camouflaged itself XD) but I do like that release, it's nice- up the neck, you're not completely throwing the contact away over a small jump and I think if you had just TINY bit more slack- not very much, but enough to keep form popping her in the mouth it'd be perfect!

Also, maybe try putting your stirrups up a hole? Not much, just enough to create a better angle for your leg.
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