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post #1 of 11 Old 01-21-2011, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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These were taken at a pony club camp i went to at the start of this month. This was mine and my horses first time jumping B grade.

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-21-2011, 06:46 PM
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You could probably pull your arms back just a couple inches, but not much! The pony is pretty cute! I can't see your heels very well in the first picture, but in the second picture, they look really good! However, your leg looks really far forward.. Try doing some no stirrup work and work on holding your legs in one position over the jumps? I myself have a hard time keeping my legs in the same position if I don't do no stirrups, so maybe when you first warm up, you can work on no stirrups! It always always helps!
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-21-2011, 06:50 PM
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Yeah, pull your hands back, don't push your arms up his neck. Where you keep your hands while riding on the flat is where you should keep your hands while jumping, but it's ok for him to pull the reins a bit. Just remember not to pull back. The best thing to do is grab mane where your hands are before a jump and not let go of the mane until you are on the other side.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-21-2011, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah im in a stock saddle, so that puts your legs in a heaps forward position, my girl has no mane hehe. thanks guys.

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post #5 of 11 Old 01-22-2011, 07:29 PM
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Wow, I can't imagine jumping in a stock saddle...ouch!

I would shorten your stirrups a hole or two, that would give you a better base of support.

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post #6 of 11 Old 01-22-2011, 07:40 PM
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Your leather length is just fine, besides if you were to go any shorter, your knee's would be hitting those blocks at the pommel there....ouch. If you were in a CC, maybe - but you're not going to get much better in this saddle.

I see that you are jumping ahead though, your seat is way out of your tack and your crotch is up over the pommel of the saddle. Just work on keeping your horse infront of you - not jumping ahead. Push your seat back towards the cantle.

Your release is a tad over exaggerated, :P - you're not doing a 5'0" oxer.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-22-2011, 11:54 PM
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You have a 'superman' position and seem to be reaching for the ears. And in the first photo your leg has slipped back slightly.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-24-2011, 06:33 PM
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u need to put your hands back a bit and sit in the saddle a tiny bit more and then lean foward and you will look like a superstar

but i dont know much

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-25-2011, 01:09 AM
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I know it has already been said, but you have your hands way too far forward. For this fence, mid-way would be fine.

I agree with MIE that it looks like you jumped ahead in the first photo. However, in the second picture, you have sat down too soon, which makes your mares backend go down instead of clearing the jump easily. Stay in your two point longer.

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post #10 of 11 Old 01-25-2011, 05:00 PM
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I think you are getting infront of the horse and getting out of the saddle too much. Go back towards the cantle a little more. You are also pushing your arms way forward which you could go by with half that length. Try and stay in your two-point just a little bit longer, if you sit down too early you could disrupt going over. Your leg seems to be moving a lot, and seema little too far back in the first picture. But other than that your heels are good and so are your shoulders!
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