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post #1 of 37 Old 03-06-2011, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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hehe it's been a long time since I've done one of these :). Thumper and I show in jumpers, equitation, and a little dressage to get some feedback on how he's going. He was shown in hunters for a while, so we do some for fun every once in a while :). We're working on getting Thumper to use his back more; it's been a long process first getting him to relax (he's naturally a pretty high-strung and nervous horse), then slowly asking for more push from behind. He was started in a corkscrew snaffle, so when he came to my barn he had a pretty hard mouth (all the horses here are ridden in french links, etc.).

We're also working on cleaning up his lead changes; even when you ask he likes to change first in front, and then behind a couple strides later. So we're going back to basics to get them clean. When he starts getting tired, though, it's a lot harder for him, but we're getting there!





^^He is the most honest horse I have ever ridden- he'll jump from any distance as long as you support him and HATES to touch the fences haha :)

Any critiques on my riding or on Thumper would be much appreciated!


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No critique from me but, I like Thumper and your leg is incredible. I think you are doing a pretty good job
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Good leg a feature I always apreatciate, but in ur firat pic I would get up out of the saddle and forward a little more. You seem to b leaning back.
Good job and good luck!!

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You guys look good, I just wanted to add that I LOVE this song, I use it in almost every video I make nowadays

I do notice that a lot of times you have the same problem as me, piano hands. Not only does it affect your hands, but it causes your elbows to bow out from you and effects your posture a lot.
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You guys look good, I just wanted to add that I LOVE this song, I use it in almost every video I make nowadays

I do notice that a lot of times you have the same problem as me, piano hands. Not only does it affect your hands, but it causes your elbows to bow out from you and effects your posture a lot.
haha I love that song . I'll definitely focus on fixing those hands- thanks for the suggestion!


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He's precious! You have very nice equitation, only thing I'd say is keep your elbows a tad more quiet. I noticed they were "pumping" with his movement, just keep them still and you'll have fantastic equitation! I love the name thumper by the way(:
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Omg. I absolutely love his canter. I went to a huge horse camp in Tampa over the summer. All the did was drill us on lead changes, feet, and hands. His canter, is absolutely to die for, from the looks of it. His lead changes looks quick and subtle. The only thing to say, as my coach said,"feet, are the angles of earth, point them down, your to the ground. Point them up, and your aiming high." and I would say, but it doesn't rhyme.... But as a helping hint, if you keep your feet in and straight on his sides, it will look very pretty and it's easier for him to connect with your leg signals. It hurts like crazy, but it's worth it. :)
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But as a helping hint, if you keep your feet in and straight on his sides, it will look very pretty and it's easier for him to connect with your leg signals. It hurts like crazy, but it's worth it. :)
In the first picture her foot is straight, and it's alright for your foot to be at a 45 degree angle.

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Good leg a feature I always apreatciate, but in ur firat pic I would get up out of the saddle and forward a little more. You seem to b leaning back.
Good job and good luck!!
I respectfully disagree. I believe she is near perfectly positioned in respect to the horse's position over the jump.

And by the way, text speak isn't allowed on the BB, so do your best to avoid that.
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I know. :) it's just a reminder, and a hint. :)
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