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        10-11-2009, 11:24 PM
      #11
    Banned
    Okay first your horse is beautiful.
    Now on to the critique.
    Your leg slipped back,heels down. Your horse isnt using his legs to jump he's sloppy he needs to have both legs push up and bent over it using his strength. Also your pushing yourself ahead of your horse wait for your horse and don't get on his neck.
         
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        10-12-2009, 03:02 PM
      #12
    Showing
    I think you're looking awesome for only having jumped twice!! Give yourself a pat on the back!

    I really like how your eyes are up and you're looking where you're going. I really like that you haven't completely collapsed downwards and instead just let your hip angle close slightly. I like your back.
    What I would suggest is really sinking your weight into your heels. Do lots of flatwork in the two-point position, that will solidify your leg. Ask your trainer to put you on the lunge line so you can just work on your lower leg. It is not atrocious by any means, but your leg is what anchors you.
    Another exercise you can do on the flat is just letting your reins go, getting up into two point, and keeping your arms out to the side like an airplane. Try to not tip forwards or flop back in the saddle. It will take a while to find a balance point and build the muscle you need, but really think of your heel being down and solid and being an anchor for you. You want your balance to come from your legs and over your saddle, not in your arms, so being able to ride in two point without reins and without touching the horse's neck will be totally beneficial.
    Another suggestion I have for you is to work on a crest release. The first picture shows you're hanging a little on her mouth with your inside rein. The contact is still soft, but for a beginner jumper I'd rather see just a tinch more give.
    Now, about your two point: You don't seem to be getting ahead, which is great, and I like seeing a beginner up in a two point approaching the fence rather than sitting back and ending up left behind, so that's absolutely fine in my opinion.
    I think once you solidify your lower leg and sink more into your heel, you're going to be golden!!
    Oh, and remember to keep your chest just a tiiiiny bit more open.

    In my humble opinion, girlie, you're doing fantastic.
         
        10-12-2009, 03:05 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Has nothing to do with whether the horse needs lunge work or not - has to do with the rider not supporting to the base of the fence and driving forward.

    If the horse doesn't have aid from his/her rider - then the result is this.
    MIE, I normally find your jumping critiques to be quite good, but this post was a little rude and not at all helpful to the OP.
         
        10-12-2009, 03:31 PM
      #14
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    I think you're looking awesome for only having jumped twice!! Give yourself a pat on the back!

    I really like how your eyes are up and you're looking where you're going. I really like that you haven't completely collapsed downwards and instead just let your hip angle close slightly. I like your back.
    What I would suggest is really sinking your weight into your heels. Do lots of flatwork in the two-point position, that will solidify your leg. Ask your trainer to put you on the lunge line so you can just work on your lower leg. It is not atrocious by any means, but your leg is what anchors you.
    Another exercise you can do on the flat is just letting your reins go, getting up into two point, and keeping your arms out to the side like an airplane. Try to not tip forwards or flop back in the saddle. It will take a while to find a balance point and build the muscle you need, but really think of your heel being down and solid and being an anchor for you. You want your balance to come from your legs and over your saddle, not in your arms, so being able to ride in two point without reins and without touching the horse's neck will be totally beneficial.
    Another suggestion I have for you is to work on a crest release. The first picture shows you're hanging a little on her mouth with your inside rein. The contact is still soft, but for a beginner jumper I'd rather see just a tinch more give.
    Now, about your two point: You don't seem to be getting ahead, which is great, and I like seeing a beginner up in a two point approaching the fence rather than sitting back and ending up left behind, so that's absolutely fine in my opinion.
    I think once you solidify your lower leg and sink more into your heel, you're going to be golden!!
    Oh, and remember to keep your chest just a tiiiiny bit more open.

    In my humble opinion, girlie, you're doing fantastic.
    I agree with this - you're off to a great start and for your first time this is great. Your position is good, and with the focus of sinking your weight into the heel and relaxing (work on exhaling at the base of the jump) you will be even more secure in your position and able to move up. I love that you're starting small and taking your time. When not jumping, work on your jumping position by spending a lot of time in two point and working to sink your weight into your heels and keep your leg soft and relaxed wrapping around the horse. Good luck!
         
        10-12-2009, 03:39 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I wouldnt worry too much about the horse steping over the jump. That is probably the most natural thing to it, with a small jump. Some horses no mater how much impulsion will still just step over it. If you could choose between steping over something and jumping it you'd probably choose steping.

    Your 2-point looks good, I like how your not too far out of the saddle. You are a little early but like the others say that is ok because you don't need to worry about refusals and stuff at this point. The only thing I think you need to work on is keeping those heels down.

    You have an amasing foundation and look very impressive for your second time jumping!
         
        10-12-2009, 04:27 PM
      #16
    Trained
    I agree with JDI's critique. And I love your little arab!!
         
        10-12-2009, 07:02 PM
      #17
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CJ82Sky    
    I agree with this - you're off to a great start and for your first time this is great. Your position is good, and with the focus of sinking your weight into the heel and relaxing (work on exhaling at the base of the jump) you will be even more secure in your position and able to move up. I love that you're starting small and taking your time. When not jumping, work on your jumping position by spending a lot of time in two point and working to sink your weight into your heels and keep your leg soft and relaxed wrapping around the horse. Good luck!
    I like this!!!
         
        10-12-2009, 08:26 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer
    Has nothing to do with whether the horse needs lunge work or not - has to do with the rider not supporting to the base of the fence and driving forward.

    If the horse doesn't have aid from his/her rider - then the result is this.


    Quote:
    MIE, I normally find your jumping critiques to be quite good, but this post was a little rude and not at all helpful to the OP.
    Well, I wasn't giving a critique. My response wasn't even to the OP. Thanks.
         
        10-12-2009, 08:31 PM
      #19
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer
    Has nothing to do with whether the horse needs lunge work or not - has to do with the rider not supporting to the base of the fence and driving forward.

    If the horse doesn't have aid from his/her rider - then the result is this.




    Well, I wasn't giving a critique. My response wasn't even to the OP. Thanks.
    The end result is... what then? I'm completely lost.


    Sorry Dressage, not meaning to hijack your thread.
         
        10-12-2009, 08:36 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:

    I think that something you can do is lunge your horse over jumps so then he/she will jump it. It looked to me that it was just stepping over it.

    Maybe go back and read the post previous to my first and you'll see why I commented what I commented.
         

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