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post #1 of 4 Old 09-21-2013, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique

What are the main points I need to work on? This is a photo from me and Caspian jumping yesterday. I think, mainly the release needs improvement, but otherwise I'm not sure. The green thing is my water bottle, hahah!

If you have any advice or critique for Caspian, as well, go ahead. He did get a bit close of a spot on this jump, however, he normally does have a pretty big bascule on him.

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-21-2013, 05:02 PM
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Your position would be near perfect...if your horse was already in the air. The mechanics are there, but you need to wait for your horse to jump. If you left your position where it is and photoshopped your horse jumping under you about a second later, it would look fantastic. I get that he must have a heck of a jump in him, but let him push you into position instead of assuming it on your own.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-21-2013, 06:06 PM
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You are a tad ahead of the horse..too far forward in your two-point. As MyBoy pointed out, if the horse were a frame later and your position were the same, it would be near perfect. Your lower leg has come back just a hair and it looks like you are gripping with the back inside part of your calf rather than along the calf itself..although this could be picture angle. I think if you brought your hips back more the release you think isn't correct would be correct at that point in the pic. An instructor of mine gave me the visual of pushing your horse away with your hands when you come up. It helps you to maintain your center of balance over the saddle.

It could be due to the short takeoff spot but your head and eyes are up and looking ahead. Your shoulders are slightly rounded but that is probably a result of being too far forward and again, due to the short takeoff spot.

VERY minor issues...:) and ones I suspect aren't there when the takeoff point is correct.
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