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post #1 of 13 Old 07-06-2010, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique

I would like a critique of the horse not the rider. Including pictures of the warm-up, cross rails, and hunter over fences (2'3 - 2'6). This was his first schooling show over jumps and her first time showing him due to me being out with a severely messed up ankle. He's a little hot in the first photos since it seemed every mare at the place was in heat but behaved well and never refused a jump. Please let me know what you think!
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I'm not great at critiques but the only glaring thing I see is that he could be neater with his front legs though I'm unsure if its that or if its just the timing of the shot. If it is that though, some cavaletti work should up him gather up both his front legs.
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I think it's a combination of timing of the picture and him. He does fairly well with his tuck on lower jumps but it just isn't quite there yet. As you can see on the last (slightly larger) jump he brings them up nice, still working on getting that same effect on the smaller crossrails however.
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i agree. definitely need to work on tuck. However he seems eager and like he is enjoying it. Beautiful boy too. love his markings.
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He does seem to really enjoy it. His former owner did poles/barrels with him but he always just seemed pissed off when he did the patterns. I tried doing pleasure with him but it just didn't work out. He's an excellent trail horse and after he turned six I thought about trying him out jumping and he just seems to LOVE it. We just started in October"ish" so we are slowly getting there. He's up to 2'6" consistently and did not knock a single rail at the show and has yet to refuse anything!
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The first thing I see is that you're pinching with your knee. This is causing you leg to go back and your heel to come up. Also I think you have a bit of a roach in your back, but I cant tell.
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The first thing I see is that you're pinching with your knee. This is causing you leg to go back and your heel to come up. Also I think you have a bit of a roach in your back, but I cant tell.
It's not me riding. Please don't critique the rider. Thank you and sorry for any misunderstanding, it's my horse so I just wanted some input on him.
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It's not me riding. Please don't critique the rider. Thank you and sorry for any misunderstanding, it's my horse so I just wanted some input on him.
Oh whoops sorry! I'm an idiot lol it says it in the beginning, I cant edit now xD.
Your horse is loose in the knees but I think it may be because it's a little jump. I would work him over some grids to try and get his knees up and even. But he does get a little better in the higher jump

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I would be doing a bunch of work on the flat with him to get him more collected. He seems to be launching over the fences - not really jumping. There isn't really too much arc in his jump. Transitions, transitions, transitions. Walk halt, walk trot, trot canter, trot halt, walk canter, etc.. All done perfectly and repeated until they are perfect. And in the walk trot and canter work on lengthening and shortening the strides - holding the shortening for a max of 6 strides and the lengthening for a max of 6 strides but really shortening and lengthening, using transitions up and down to correct the responses.
Over fences, I would not do any single jumps for a while - keep his attention, make him think. Rollbacks, combinations, poles in lines, jumps on turns etc..

He seems to just be ignoring the rider, when a horse is focused on other things it is a sign that they are bored and feel absolutely no compulsion to listen to the rider - with some horses this can end up in disaster but with most it just ends up in an inattentive, hard to train horse. You are lucky this one likes jumping or he would be refusing.

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