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post #1 of 7 Old 01-13-2013, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique

I've had him for about 1 year and 4 months, I made a post earlier with a couple pictures but I want to put a new one and an older one. To 'compare'. I've been working very hard on my position while still training him. I've trained him straight off the track, he's 7, well, 8 in March.
Critique both of us, please.

http://oi46.tinypic.com/2rook9k.jpg
3 or 4 months ago..

http://oi45.tinypic.com/10dy72b.jpg
About.. a month ago I'd say.

http://oi48.tinypic.com/s1uhps.jpg
A few days ago. (NOTE: It was taken a second late as he is just starting to unfold.)
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-13-2013, 08:25 AM
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I've only just started jumping myself so I'm probably not the best person to critique a jumping position but i'll give it a shot, I'm in training to be an instructor

Comparing the pictures it looks like your lower leg security has improved a lot, but it does still look slightly behind where it should be. Maybe that's due to some pivoting on the knee? I have that problem and my instructor is always going on at me for it Really come off your knee and allow your lower leg to become the anchor, not the knee.

Your hands look like they have dropped a little too low in the last picture, but you did say he was starting to unfold, so maybe that's why? They are in a much better position in the earlier 2 photos.

P.S well done for always looking up and ahead, I have the bad habit of looking down!
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I think you look very good.
Your back is nice and straight and arched slightly, your body is in this position it needs to be over the saddle and you're not getting ahead by going over the pommel.
Your leg and heel looks fantastic; you have a nice long leg that secures you and doesn't get you all bunched up and your toes are turned out nicely where they should be: not straight in front of you, but not turned out so far that your knees aren't helping to secure you in the saddle either.
Your release is very good; you're not over releasing or giving him too little release, so he has just enough to stretch himself out over the jump. Obviously your hands look a little too low in the bottom picture, but he was unfolding and I like the fact that even though you put your arms down to help him, your back and posture stayed phenomenal.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-13-2013, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys, that was very helpful. Also; in the last picture, I'm starting to work on my auto release. xD
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-13-2013, 05:24 PM
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Yu have a straight line through from your elbows to the bit in the last picture which is very good. The tip with this is to think of your upper arm as a piece of strong elastic that stretches as the horse uses its neck and takes back as his head rises.

You need to work on your lower leg. Toes are out and leg swings back a tad.

When you ride and not just when you jump, try placing your hand under your thigh from behind and pull all the flubber to the back, this puts your thigh flat against the saddle and knee and toe forward. It also means that you can take a lot of the 'swing' from your thigh rather than your stirrup.
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in the last shot it looks as though he may have taken off from a little too close, as he looks a bit strung out. The second picture is a much better testament to how well he can jump. In the first picture your chest is on his neck, however as the pictures progress, you can see you start to pull your position upwards and away from laying on the neck. Which i appreciate. Your base of support is still not quite there, which is apparent in your leg slipping backwards.
All that being said, I see an athletic and willing horse, and a strong and confident rider to keep bringing him along. You both make a lovely team!

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you have improved so much! i was going to say you need to bring your shoulders back and hold your head a little higher, but then i looked at the third picture and you looked pretty perfect! just make sure to make you calf and heel the anchor of your body, not your knee. (:
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