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post #11 of 37 Old 03-06-2011, 10:18 PM
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I would also like to add, that imo, you need a bigger release. Not HUGE but bigger. It almost looks like to me in your pictures, that you are almost sitting? I don't know how to explain it (sorry!). You have a very nice "root system" (I like to call it, meaning you have strong legs) so you should be able to release a little more.
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^^ That's my personal opinion of what is the perfect release, perfect jumping position, and perfect lines. I try to base my equitation off of a position like that!
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InLoveWithQuarAppys- thanks! His canter is so smooth, it's absolute heaven to ride :).
JustJump- I'll definitely work on my elbows! After watching the video again, I agree with you- they are VERY distracting haha :).
Is there anything that I should be working on to improve Thumper's way of going or anything? I'm currently riding him 3 or 4 days a week (I'm just leasing him), and we're working a lot on building up his topline and using his back. Are there any other issues that you guys see to work on with him?


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I would also like to add, that imo, you need a bigger release. Not HUGE but bigger. It almost looks like to me in your pictures, that you are almost sitting? I don't know how to explain it (sorry!). You have a very nice "root system" (I like to call it, meaning you have strong legs) so you should be able to release a little more.
http://www.chestnuthillca.com/images...adato-5-lg.jpg

^^ That's my personal opinion of what is the perfect release, perfect jumping position, and perfect lines. I try to base my equitation off of a position like that!
oops- just missed your post. I'll work on my release, as well. Any exercises to improve this, or should I just pay close attention to that over fences?


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oops- just missed your post. I'll work on my release, as well. Any exercises to improve this, or should I just pay close attention to that over fences?
do a lot of trotting in jumping position, and cantering jumping position. What I did to get a good release and position, was, even though now I hate it, mark a place on the mane, and put your hands there, and allow your body to almost go to your hands. You should be able to look down with your eyes and see your hands. Don't force your body into 2-point, almost allow your body to be one with the horse's movement. You already have a good leg, so thats not the problem.
I'll find a video of what I'm talking about, and ill post it!
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InLoveWithQuarAppys- thanks! His canter is so smooth, it's absolute heaven to ride :).
JustJump- I'll definitely work on my elbows! After watching the video again, I agree with you- they are VERY distracting haha :).
Is there anything that I should be working on to improve Thumper's way of going or anything? I'm currently riding him 3 or 4 days a week (I'm just leasing him), and we're working a lot on building up his topline and using his back. Are there any other issues that you guys see to work on with him?
Thumper is a miniature version of my horse. He moves very similar to him!


He seems pretty good to me, but what I do with my horse, is keep him in the bridle by making little see saws with my hands. Not ripping or jerking angerly, but more of an encouraging bump to keep him in the bridle. It makes his job a lot easier, and mine too! I would recommend doing this, and squeezing your legs. It will allow him to move through the bridle and move totally out. He seems to have a pretty big stride, how tall is he?
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This is what I'm talking about. She allows the horse to come to her, but has a perfect release. She had a lovely go(:
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hey you guys are both looking good and improving ! what i saw in the video is that you are sitting a bit too much on your seat bones. even though your leg looks good on the flat you still need to sink more weight down your leg into your heel. focus on rotating your pelvis forward so that you have a little more weight on your pubis compared to your seat bones.

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Thumper is a miniature version of my horse. He moves very similar to him!

YouTube - Equitation Over fences 2.5.11

He seems pretty good to me, but what I do with my horse, is keep him in the bridle by making little see saws with my hands. Not ripping or jerking angerly, but more of an encouraging bump to keep him in the bridle. It makes his job a lot easier, and mine too! I would recommend doing this, and squeezing your legs. It will allow him to move through the bridle and move totally out. He seems to have a pretty big stride, how tall is he?
He IS!! That's so funny!! He's just a little guy, 15.3hh and pretty lightly built so he looks even smaller. haha I take another lesson every week to ride some other horses and ponies, and after riding a 17.3 Rheinlander and getting on Thumps, he feels so small :). Your horse is gorgeous, by the way!


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He IS!! That's so funny!! He's just a little guy, 15.3hh and pretty lightly built so he looks even smaller. haha I take another lesson every week to ride some other horses and ponies, and after riding a 17.3 Rheinlander and getting on Thumps, he feels so small :). Your horse is gorgeous, by the way!
Thank you! It's funny, hes 17.3! Thumper is just like him just miniaturized
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hey you guys are both looking good and improving ! what i saw in the video is that you are sitting a bit too much on your seat bones. even though your leg looks good on the flat you still need to sink more weight down your leg into your heel. focus on rotating your pelvis forward so that you have a little more weight on your pubis compared to your seat bones.
Thank you! I feel like I'm not able to get Thumper to rock back as much when my pelvis is more forward, especially for lead changes, but I suppose that's just because I'm not used to it? I'll work on this for next time.


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