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    10-27-2010, 05:10 PM
  #1
Foal
Jumping Critique

I've only had one or two lessons jumping but someone took this picture of me and my horse at a fun show so I decided to put it on here and see what everyone has to say about us. As far as my position I know I am giving him wayyy too much rein (which is probably why he ran out on the next jump lol) and I know he is not bending his knees very much. Unfortunatly this is the only picture I have of us jumping so any advice you can give from just this picture would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    10-27-2010, 05:44 PM
  #2
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Well, its not the best angle to critique from. :) But you are right, you're giving him a bit too much rein and judging from your profile pic, it looks like you ride him on a loose rein anyways. If you trotted him to the fence, that could be the reason his knees are uneven or he may just be sloppy or if he's an older horse, his knees may be a bit arthritic and don't want to bend. I do like your back if the photo angle isn't lying to me. Its nice and flat. I also like that you are keeping your fingers closed and aren't opening them up when you release. I have that bad habit and have crunched my pinky fingers a few times. ;) You are, though, jumping out of the saddle here. Bring your stirrups up a few holes and let the horse do the jumping for you. I know lots of people say stay in two point to the jump and over it, but that never helped my jumping ahead of the horse's motion. What really helped me was staying on my horse's back--not pounding on his back--but lightly in contact so I would remember to stay back and it would keep my in time with his rhythm.
     
    10-27-2010, 06:50 PM
  #3
Foal
I think your position is pretty good, especially if you have not had many lessons.

Your head is good - You are looking ahead and over the fence and your head is up rather than down one side of the horses neck, something that a lot of people seem to do.

You are throwing him a bit to much rein though, Something that I do wayyy to much lol.

You sort of instead of throwing yourself forward down his neck need to come back into the saddle with your heels beneath your hip and your hands infront of you.

Its really good though, looks like you guys were having fun =) x
     
    10-27-2010, 06:51 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by GeminiJumper    
Well, its not the best angle to critique from. :) But you are right, you're giving him a bit too much rein and judging from your profile pic, it looks like you ride him on a loose rein anyways. If you trotted him to the fence, that could be the reason his knees are uneven or he may just be sloppy or if he's an older horse, his knees may be a bit arthritic and don't want to bend. I do like your back if the photo angle isn't lying to me. Its nice and flat. I also like that you are keeping your fingers closed and aren't opening them up when you release. I have that bad habit and have crunched my pinky fingers a few times. ;) You are, though, jumping out of the saddle here. Bring your stirrups up a few holes and let the horse do the jumping for you. I know lots of people say stay in two point to the jump and over it, but that never helped my jumping ahead of the horse's motion. What really helped me was staying on my horse's back--not pounding on his back--but lightly in contact so I would remember to stay back and it would keep my in time with his rhythm.
Geminijumper is right, shorter stirrups will do you good x
     
    10-28-2010, 12:11 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks for the tips guys! I appreciate the advice!
     
    10-28-2010, 01:42 PM
  #6
Green Broke
You are too close to his neck for a jump that small. For a jump that size you only need to come out of the saddle a little bit, and your hands should only be about 1/4 of the what up his neck. Don't rest your arms on his neck, either. Shorten your stirrups definitely. Try not to point your toes out like they are, keep them straight.

Hope this helps

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