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post #1 of 6 Old 03-12-2012, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique

Please critique rider only(:
I messed up the striding a bit on the first oxer,i though he was gonna do a long spot,like I swear he was about to do it but I guess not.Atleast he was being honest!
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overall you guys seem to get along pretty well. one thing i notice is jumping ahead, which was definitely exaggerated when he took the close spot to that oxer (you did save yourself by keeping your eyes up though :) ). trot poles to a jump or another gymnastic can help you get the feel for proper timing by going through and just holding your 2pt letting the horses jump just push you into position. it will also help you hold your lower leg more still. other than the little slip i do like your leg though, you keep your heels down well and you can see your weight sinking down in canter.
another thing that stuck out to me was when you first start cantering you keep your elbows really stiff and your hands kind of high, this seems to improve as you keep going though and your elbows soften and hands go down, just something to be aware of.
i think you guys make an excellent pair and seem to have a great rythym.
off topic: do you like your riding vest? i have one of the sturdier ones for xc but was thinking of getting one like yours for stadium!
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Thanks!
Yeah,I felt like im improving much more when I switched barns and started riding this horse
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off topic: do you like your riding vest? i have one of the sturdier ones for xc but was thinking of getting one like yours for stadium!
Yep!Its really comfy too,I love it
It felt a bit stiff at first though
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can you tell a difference when you fall off?? i know i can in my other one but its so stiff i would like to use something a little more form fitting outside of xc when you really really need it :p
and yeah changing barns can make a huge difference! he looks like a nice horse :)

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You and your horse look awesome! You are a beautiful rider!!
The only thing I could critique on is that one oxer that you said you didn't get the striding right. Every hunter/jumper knows that there is bound to be one of those awkard distances every ride
However, I have found that to avoid those triple-sow-cow distances, it really helps to kind of hug your horse really tight with your legs when the horse should take off. Rather than jumping ahead, which most of us are guilty of, try signaling your horse: "We need to take off now!" With a firm squeeze, not a kick though. Imaine you are almost using your legs to lift him off the ground.
I hope this helps

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from falling off with and without the vest?
yep,my last few falls didnt hurt at all when I fell on my back/chest,im pretty sure they would have hurt without the vest lol

yeah hes a cutie(:
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okay i'll try that:3
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