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post #1 of 19 Old 12-20-2009, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique

This was the first course I jumped with my pony after he was out for a month. You may critique both of us and be as brutal as you want. Thanks!

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post #2 of 19 Old 12-20-2009, 09:34 PM
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You guys are cute together

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post #4 of 19 Old 12-20-2009, 10:15 PM
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You look good. Only thing that really sticks out to me is your back is hollowed out. Imagine your spine in a straight line, more natural, more fluid over the jumps.

But otherwise - looks good!
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post #5 of 19 Old 12-21-2009, 06:51 PM
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You look fantastic! I love your quiet legs, quiet hands, soft quiet two point, and your eyes looking up. The only thing, if I'm getting picky, is as the video progresses and he gets tired you start to 'pump' your upper body. If he gets lazy, try not to use your body to push him forward, just tighten your legs. I certainly wouldn't want to face you in the show ring, such a lovely pair
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First of all, I totally agree with all of the above comments. He looks like a willing, adorable jumper, and aside from being a little tired at points (and who doesn't get a little tired- it's difficult being a pony! ), he seemed to do exactly what you asked. I wouldn't want to face you in the ring either, though I must admit, your pony is the type I love to watch jump. They are just too cute! Your equitation is excellent as well, and I loved watching you two-point- I was drooling with envy! I noticed he was getting a little lazy over a few of the jumps- not completely picking up his legs and such, but other than that? Beautiful! Especially for being out for a month!
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Hmm, well, you look nice, except for your rump never see's the saddle, your always perched up.

Now I can see that you probably have a nice bond, trust, and he has good training and all, but if that horse were to stop, you could very quickly be severely injured.

Your back is VERY perched, make it straight up and down, not your rump a mile past your lower back. Just as JumpingTheMoon said =]

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Hmm, well, you look nice, except for your rump never see's the saddle, your always perched up.

Now I can see that you probably have a nice bond, trust, and he has good training and all, but if that horse were to stop, you could very quickly be severely injured.

Your back is VERY perched, make it straight up and down, not your rump a mile past your lower back. Just as JumpingTheMoon said =]

It depends on the type of riding. For hunter, she looks great! Judging by her quiet, steady leg, she would be just fine if the pony stopped
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Hmm, well, you look nice, except for your rump never see's the saddle, your always perched up.

Now I can see that you probably have a nice bond, trust, and he has good training and all, but if that horse were to stop, you could very quickly be severely injured.

Your back is VERY perched, make it straight up and down, not your rump a mile past your lower back. Just as JumpingTheMoon said =]
Yep, I completely agree.

The reason why she is so "quiet" during her ride, is because she doesn't even move. She just stays put. Quiet hands, because they are stuck at her horse neck. Quiet 2 point, because she's in the same position throughout the whole video.

I could be quiet like that too if I just sat there.

Now, I am not Hunter, nor plan on ever being one - but if I had my way, I would have you sitting between your fences and using your seat functionally. Rounding your adorable pony and aiding your pony up into your seat.

You and your pony are supposed to be a team, this is a team effort and takes the both of you to get the job done. IMO by you, the rider - remaining perched throughout your rides, makes your rides unfuncitonal.

But if that is what wins in the Hunter Ring, all the power to you.

Your Pony is just adorable as all be and he sure does do his best to do his job. Cutie patootie!


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You guys look great!!!! I do dressage and hunter/jumpers (mostly hunters in the past few years) and my only little thing would be (and this could just be the quality of the video) is your center of gravity seems to be a bit to far forward. 1:22 your leg is at the girth and ahead of your hip however through out the video your leg and hip are aligned.. just further forward. My advice would be to bring your lower leg back about an inch or two.

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