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    01-07-2011, 06:21 PM
Question Jumping Critique!!!

Ok... background info: this is my trainers horse.. he is a 16.2 dutch warmblood, he is an equ and hunter horse... I've been riding for I wanna say around 13 years.. and this is the first push bottom horse I have ever ridden... I normally ride her young horses and ponies.. so you guys can tear me to complete pieces!!! I would love it!!

And then this is my 14.1 pony that I have trained from the start! I kno my leg needs work in this pix but I had not jumped in like 3 months so this is the out come!

Thank you guys soo much!!
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    01-07-2011, 07:44 PM
I think you come across to my untrained eye (not a jumper myself) as a tight and very comptetant rider. Your hand is sympathetic and you seem over the correct location for center of gravity (maybe a tiny bit overjumping on one of the pony shots). The horse's appear happy and trusting of their rider. That says a lot!
    01-07-2011, 07:48 PM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I think you come across to my untrained eye (not a jumper myself) as a tight and very comptetant rider. Your hand is sympathetic and you seem over the correct location for center of gravity (maybe a tiny bit overjumping on one of the pony shots). The horse's appear happy and trusting of their rider. That says a lot!
thanks soo much! My pony is very happy doin her job! She would jump everyday if I let her!
    01-07-2011, 10:10 PM
While I will agree that you are staying enough out of your horses face and they both are jumping quite happily, you did need to work on improving yours lower leg. You turn your toes out almost perpidicular to the horses side and you need them to face more foward. Your inside calf and thigh should be hugging the horse more then the back of your thigh and calf. Because of that you are not centered over your horse and are jumping ahead. I would practice ground poles in two point focusing on your base support. In the pictures it almost looks as if you are trying to hard and you need to appear more in motion with your horse not doing the work for him. Both the horse (and pony) are quite lovely which will be benefitial in fixing this flaws. Good luck and happy riding
    01-07-2011, 10:23 PM
Your pony's color is absolutely wild!
You have quite a lot of release, and while release is important... maybe a little more contact with the horses mouth would be more suitable for those types of smaller hunter fences. Just my opinion.
    01-08-2011, 11:27 AM
I think your leg needs a lot of work. You have our toe almost perpendicular to the horse, which really changes your support. In the last two pictures, particularly the last one, your knee isn't even in contact with the saddle. You need to distribute your weight evenly across your thighs, calves, and ankles. In other words, your leg needs to still be pressed against the saddle. When your toe goes out like this, it forces your knee out too. I attatched a picture of me riding about 3 years ago. I used to do the same thing as you with your toe. Notice how my knee is no where near the saddle. Maybe if you see someone else doing this at a different angle, it will help clear things up...

Now the good things!! Your release is quite good. In the first pony picture you look like you're laying on her neck a bit, however in the second picture you look much better. Also, in the second picture with you on your trainer's horse, you look quite nice. Your leg looks better in this one. The one thing I will say is you jump ahead. That's a difficult habit to break. (I do that as well!) What I've been doing is working on little 18in cross rails, and coming in at a nice slow canter. I try to get into 2point about a stride out and seeing if I can just hold that position over the whole jump. Obviously, this is a very basic way to jump, but I find it helps jumping bigger if you can get small jumps perfect.

Anyway, you look like a nice rider, you just need to work on your position a bit. Good luck! :)
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    01-08-2011, 04:12 PM
I think why my knee isnt anywhere near the saddle is because have some problems with my knee... thank you oxer.. yes my pony is very unqiue.. that's one of thereasons I love her... yeah I have a habit of sometimes getting ahead.. I havent ridden with my trainer in a year or 2 so im a lil rusty on some things.. oh! And the other thing both of the horses don't like contact... and I forgot to say.. do you think my pony is more of a hunter or jumper... I think she can do both.. shejumps like a hunter but has the spped of a jumper.. tell me what you think... thank you guys! Keep the help coming please!
    01-09-2011, 01:03 AM
You need to work on your heels going in and also keeping your leg secure. On the first horse you are leaning to much on the horses neck. Bring your upper body so it doesn't touch. Also on the second horse you are ducking to the side. That is very bad because specially if you are training him you could throw off his balance and make him fall. I've seen it happen before. Just remember to keep your spine with his. Don't move your upper body dramatically and keep it still.
    01-09-2011, 02:24 PM
You are laying forward on your horse's neck. Try to keep your back straight and stretch it more UP and over instead of down and over. If that makes sense? I only know because I've had that problem ;)
    01-12-2011, 01:09 AM
Personally I don't like the way your knees and toes are pointing straight out to the sides, it opens your leg and losing contact. Work on pointing your toes forward.
I notice your hands are REALLy far forward id do a bit more automatic release. Relax your arms

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