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    03-30-2012, 05:47 PM
Jumping Critique :)

These are just a few pictures of me jumping my horse Seirian, tell me what you think of him and me :) Thanks. We do mostly eventing, and are going to go training level this season. This past weekend we went to a jumper schooling show (where most of the jumping photos are from) and ended up doing a 3'6" round, so I was super happy with him(:

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    03-30-2012, 08:06 PM
I don't know enough about jumping to critique, but I think you guys look great! Your horse is beautiful!!
    03-30-2012, 08:12 PM
You could have a bit more weight in your heels but otherwise you guys look good. Just out of curiosity can you release more over fences or do you has to remain in contact with the bit that much? (I know some horses require the contact so I'm truly just asking).
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    03-30-2012, 08:32 PM
Aw what a BEAST! (: You guys are total bosses!
    03-30-2012, 10:58 PM
Thanks everyone :) and I don't really need to have so much contact anymore with him, but I used to so now it's just a habit that needs breaking haha. Here is a video of us last weekend if anyone wants to watch.
    03-30-2012, 11:18 PM
It sometimes looked to me like you were fighting a little with your horse on the approach to the jumps, you would get really in the back seat and pull your hands up. You just looked kind of tense or something on the approach, idk how to explain it. Also I agree with the more release thing from looking at the pics. Otherwise looks pretty good, I really like your horse, looks very powerful
    03-30-2012, 11:59 PM
I'm not much of a jumper, so take my comments with a grain of salt. XD

1) From 1:40-1:50ish something seems a little off about your riding to me. Idunno. It just seems a little handsy, if that makes sense. Like you're riding more with your hands than your seat.
2) It might just be because I do dressage and not jumping, but something seems a little strange to me about the way he carries his head when you're going through the course.
3) He looks really powerful. And you look like you're having a blast. =)
    03-31-2012, 01:01 AM
You got lucky with some of those distances!
But I think you're a pretty solid rider and your horse is talented and athletic.
    03-31-2012, 01:53 AM
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You lose a lot of time fighting with your horse. You tend to bring him back too much before the jump and drive him into a much too deep a spot. You need to be able to consistently take a longer spot. By getting too close to the jump, you not only stall out, but he has to arch harder over the jump. Both the stall and the hard arch over the jump eats up time and scope. You are probably half halting so much to keep some haunch engagement. You need to be able to drive the horse forward into your hand to help engage the haunch without losing scope and the ability to get that longer spot for the jump.

You both need a lot more flat work. He needs to be able to jump without being so hollow. That way he can engage the haunch better. Also, He needs much more bend in his turns. He is often counterflexed going around turns. This will make jumps coming out of very tight turns hard to see.

Your jumping on very tight knees. This is causing your lower leg to slip back. I would like to see your lower leg stay at the girth, allowing you to sink into your ankles more.

Yes, I am being pretty nit-picky. You two show a lot of promise and talent. I wish you were close enough to get to work with you someday.
    04-02-2012, 10:48 PM
I agree with Allison. I would work on the flat a lot more, particularly without stirrups, to help work on loosening up your knee. I also noticed in the video (I only watched the first half though) that you're really braced against your stirrups on the turns and approaches. Try to sit deeper to the base of the fence without holding him back so much and close your leg. I know it might be weird to put leg on when your trying to slow him down, but it will help you maintain your rhythm and stride to the fence and find a better spot rather than holding him way back and coming in too tight. I think you both would benefit a lot from working on the flat and over poles and crossrails to help really solidify your base and get rid of your bad habits.

Overall you guys look good, and definitely have great potential :)

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