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post #1 of 9 Old 09-21-2008, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping critique

Hi guys - thought I would post a few videos here from tonights lesson. I have been riding for years, but have done a lot more flat work and western stuff than over fences (even though I've jumped off and on for quite a while). I finally decided to get serious about the jumping, and here we are.

This is the first time I've ridden this horse, so we are not together yet (although I think he's become "mine" for a while). He's very sensitive, and has a tendency to fall apart in corners.

These videos are all really short (my camera has little memory). Feel free to tear me apart here - I know some of what I'm doing wrong, but would like to hear other points of view.


There's a couple more coming - they just aren't uploaded yet.
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-21-2008, 11:42 PM
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I think you are doing quite well but the second jump the brick wall I think you are anticipating the fence too much your hands are up ready for you release relax a little more drop your hands a touch & enjoy!

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-22-2008, 01:08 AM
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you two looked so great!

only, i would have to agree with Kiwi and tell you to lower ur hands on the second video

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post #4 of 9 Old 09-22-2008, 02:41 PM
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I don't know if it's just me but i thought in he second video you where leaning too foward before the jump. but you two look great.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-23-2008, 12:41 AM
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I second the lower your hands thing, apart from that very smooth

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-24-2008, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comments. As far as my hands go, I hate having them up. The trainer I'm riding with now likes us to lift our hands up and drive with our legs to balance the horses and get them off the forehand. It works with them, but just feels very akward to me. I used to have them down a couple of inches, and the reins a bit longer.

Any other comments? legs, back, am I over jumping any? I think I see a couple of things, but I have a tendency to overanalyze myself and know where my weakness are.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-25-2008, 12:08 PM
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I think your legs look solid. They aren't slipping back at all, from what I can see.

I think your timing is alright, but your borderline getting ahead of the of the horse. Let him raise you out of saddle instead of anticipating the jump.

We used to have a soild jump that was a wide plank with "detour" written on it. It was always my least favourite jump, a mental block on my part. LOL
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-28-2008, 04:18 PM
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I dont see much wrong here but as everyone else said work on your hands and you'll be a pro jumper soon

Good Luck and well done!
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-01-2008, 01:51 PM
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I feel like you may be jumping just slightly ahead of him... but then when I watched the videos a few more times I think what is really happening is that you need to close your hip angle a little more, and stick your butt out more. I think because the trainer has you bring your hands up the neck so far, you tend to want to jump up to your hands a little bit.

I understand what your trainer wants, and lifting your hands and driving will get the horse off the forehand. But you can try lifting your hands literally UP off of the neck, not farther up the neck, does that make sense?

Another reason she may have you do it is if you aren't solid with your crest release yet, to avoid having the horse bumped in the mouth in which case I understand why she's having you do it, just try not to push yourself up to your hands so much, bring your butt back more and close your hip angle.


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