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    07-24-2010, 02:38 PM
  #1
Foal
Jumping critique?

Just looking for a little jumping critique. I'm really trying to fix my position. My old trainer taught that you need to throw yourself at the jump and lay down over even the tiniest fences. Sp now I'm keeping the jumps really small and concentrating on my position mostly.

Oh, and you can ignore the last jump. We had an argument about which distance was preferred xD


And just for comparison, Gun and I at a show about a month ago, before I started really concentrating on my position.
     
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    07-24-2010, 05:02 PM
  #2
Yearling
I've only just really started jumping but you're looking much more solid and relaxed and consequently your horse seems much happier jumping too. He's not landing nearly as heavy in the more recent video. Keep up the good work, I know how hard it is, I have a tendancy to throw myself over the jumps too, so keeping a solid quiet position is something I'm striving for as well! Nice job!
     
    07-24-2010, 05:06 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Looks pretty good, but sit down and ride your hrose between jumps, all your doing is standing in the stirrups, which takes away and comunication that could go through the seat. So sit down in between the jumps and ride! :) looks good.
     
    07-24-2010, 07:46 PM
  #4
Weanling
Hahaha. 0:55, nice little buck there...
Your old trainer doesn't seem like the brightest one. You need to do anything BUT throw yourself at the jump, you need to wait until the jump comes to you then let the horse pick your body up. Also, I would flex my shoulders back a bit if I were you. Also, try and stretch your heels down a bit. Otherwise, you two look really great!
     
    07-24-2010, 11:03 PM
  #5
Weanling
You look pretty good and stay fairly soft with him - I like your hands.
Have you tried shortening the stirrups a hole or two (I'd go two, but that's just me)? You may find this a bit easier to sink your heels down further. You also have a fairly loose calf, which may have mass effects on your balance. If you can shorten your stirrups and sink those heels down, this may help with keeping your calf steady.
I would just disagree with ridergirl23. You don't need to sit down and ride between the jumps - you're in two point. I'm not sure which is more desirable in hunters but I do know that in some jumping sports it's more about personal preferance. When in two point, you won't need to change your body position over the jumps as the horse will come up to meet you. I think your two point will improve if you shorten your stirrups, steady those legs and sink your heels. It looks already pretty solid, but then I'm also being fairly nit-picky.

Overall I think your position is pretty good and has improved a whole bunch since the second video! I love your horse btw. :) Chestnuts ftw! Keep going the way you're going and I think you're going to be really hard to beat in the future. =] It's always hard to redo what instructors have messed up..

Another thing I just noticed - I'm not sure if it's your back or your shirt billowing out - but it does look like you round your back over the jumps instead of keeping a straight back. Just correct me if I'm wrong there. It may just be your shirt.
     
    07-25-2010, 03:09 AM
  #6
Foal
I really like it :) good improvement, in the second video you make it look really easy and enjoyable, as it should be :) Nice work!
     
    07-25-2010, 09:30 AM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by ellygraceee    
You look pretty good and stay fairly soft with him - I like your hands.
Have you tried shortening the stirrups a hole or two (I'd go two, but that's just me)? You may find this a bit easier to sink your heels down further. You also have a fairly loose calf, which may have mass effects on your balance. If you can shorten your stirrups and sink those heels down, this may help with keeping your calf steady.
I would just disagree with ridergirl23. You don't need to sit down and ride between the jumps - you're in two point. I'm not sure which is more desirable in hunters but I do know that in some jumping sports it's more about personal preferance. When in two point, you won't need to change your body position over the jumps as the horse will come up to meet you. I think your two point will improve if you shorten your stirrups, steady those legs and sink your heels. It looks already pretty solid, but then I'm also being fairly nit-picky.

Overall I think your position is pretty good and has improved a whole bunch since the second video! I love your horse btw. :) Chestnuts ftw! Keep going the way you're going and I think you're going to be really hard to beat in the future. =] It's always hard to redo what instructors have messed up..

Another thing I just noticed - I'm not sure if it's your back or your shirt billowing out - but it does look like you round your back over the jumps instead of keeping a straight back. Just correct me if I'm wrong there. It may just be your shirt.
great post !!

I also agree that you should not sit down between fences. Stay off of his back & help him maintain his pace & stride. I think you should be able to do anything in 2pt that you can while sitting. This is why your leg is so important for jumping. When I school a course I always practice going around off their back. If I can't do it that means 2 things. I am not fit enough, & my horse is not adjustable & rideable enough.
     
    07-25-2010, 09:54 AM
  #8
Yearling
You're slamming his back or coming down too early. Stay up a little longer. And you need to give more release and move with him.
     
    07-25-2010, 10:08 AM
  #9
Showing
Focus on riding the horse well between jumps. You're not really riding now, but focusing on the next jump, next jump, next jump, and standing in the stirrups. Your position over fences looks great! Just focus on riding well between fences :)
     
    07-25-2010, 02:56 PM
  #10
Weanling
I agree with alot of what ellygraceee said. Definitely shorten your stirrups a couple of holes. Then work on really putting your calf on your horse. Right now it looks like you are just balancing in that position, not riding there. If I was working with you I would put you on the lunge line without stirrups and do lots of work both sitting, posting, and two point at the trot working to develop the strength of your lower leg.

Next, to work on your timing could you set up a gymnastic? One of my favorites is a trot pole to a bounce cross rails to one stride vertical to two stride oxer. When you do this, think about keeping your hips centered over the saddle, sinking down into the saddle, allowing the horse to bring your hips up to your body, closing the hip angle while allowing your hands to go forward into the release. Once you get comfortable with the gymnastic, you can add a gentle turn to another fence or line to keep that feel going.

Also work on flattening the middle of your back. It is sticking out. And I feel for you here. I was taught by a trainer to get down and put your belly down as you are going towards the jump, which is a fun habit my current trainer has had to break. Now that I am sitting up, the same hump in my back appeared. For me, really working on keeping my chest up and waiting on my horse to jump up towards me has helped, both with jumping early and with the middle of my back. Now if someone can fix my shoulders.
     

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