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post #11 of 17 Old 08-01-2013, 05:09 AM
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I like your candour.
I don't think you are coming back to early -that is the position you need over cc fences. You are not sitting heavy in the saddle in any and that is what matters.
I can assure you that had it been me in the last picture I would have been way further back, feet thrust forward and my hands hitting the buckle end of the reins!
When a horse dives like that is the time it is most likely to make a mistake and hit the ground.
I like the first two best.

What I would do if teaching you, is to have a fence set up. I would stand a horse stride away from the wings on take off side and make you keep an eye contact with me as you approach and go over the jump. This stops the exaggerated forward swing.
Also, lots of long grid work, 4 trot poles, bounce, bounce, fence, bounce, bounce, fence, fence and get you doing this without stirrups or reins. I would have you go with arms outstretched and then folded. When you were doing this I would have you fold, stretch alternatively over the grid.
I have always told I was a tough instructor and made pupils work! This would be just for a starters!
Basically you look good. I'd like to see a video of you on the flat to see where problems stem from.
I also appreciate that you are taking on board what replies are saying and not having a hissy fit because things are being pointed out to you.
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-01-2013, 12:57 PM
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The hollow back in the first shots is going to cause your some pain over time as well as you will be airborne if your horse does a dirty stop or run out ;)

My best advise is to concentrate on the horse under you and follow him/her. The second round of pictures is better in that respect. Concentrate on staying over his center of balance and keeping a secure leg.
If you trot and canter on the flat in two point, it will help you to feel his motion and stay with it. The jump is really just a canter step, or it should be anyway. It should fall in the stride.
So, I suggest you work on two point at the canter especially and learn to follow. Add small fences and keep with the rhythm of the horse. Trot polls grids, gymnastics likes etc and focus on staying with your horse.
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post #13 of 17 Old 08-01-2013, 04:44 PM
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This one (of you) is perfect for XC! If you ride your XC fences with that balance and presence of mind to slip the reins, you'll do great!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Sorry, it didn't paste. This one!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #15 of 17 Old 08-01-2013, 11:45 PM
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ShowJumperRachel, where are you in Cali? We event at Copper Meadows.
Copper Meadows Eventing

It's super cheap. Although, I'm in Orange County so the drive is pretty rough. My trainer charges $150 for the haul and then they charge $50 for the day fees on the event field / stadium field / dressage arena. The stalls are free so you can stall your horse for the whole weekend. It's a great option if your relatively near that area!

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Foxhunter: Unfortunately, our arena is VERY tiny. I had a bounce to a one stride to a one stride set up the other day and the spacing was pretty tight turning in to the grid. I do love doing grid work though, so I will try to figure something out. Maybe if I put them across the diagonal of the arena I might have more room to work with. I used to do a bunch of work without stirrups, but haven't lately. I will begin to work this into my riding routine. (I started it tonight actually! Lets just say my legs are ... sore...). My boyfriend will come out with me either Saturday or Sunday and I will have him video. I'd love to hear what you think!

Oxer: I'm in Northern California, and it looks like that place is in Southern Cali. Too bad, because it looks super nice and very inexpensive! I'm in Sonoma county right now, but am moving back down to Santa Cruz to go to school there. Woodside is a really nice facility, but it is so **** expensive! Its like $100 to school the first time and then $60 after that. Plus you have to pay a membership fee every year or something. Ugh. Luckily there are some small places in the near by area that allow you to school. The barn I'm moving to in Santa Cruz has a very small "mini-cross country course" and loads of trails, so I'm really looking forward to that. I think Blazer will really appreciate one day of his training to being dedicated to hacking out on the trail!

Thank you all again (to all!) for your input, I really appreciate it!
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post #17 of 17 Old 08-08-2013, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Here are some videos I got the other day, so if anybody would like to add some more input, feel free! I know he came off on the wrong lead in one of the grid work videos. This horses right lead has been a complete nightmare. I can now consistently get (and stay on) the right lead on the flat, so now I am going to start asking him for it off fences too. As of now, we get it about 75% of the time.

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