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post #31 of 37 Old 03-12-2011, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch View Post
Overall, I really like what I see. You have a nice leg, you are using a deep seat to help regulate the horse.

I think you are quite talented and wish you were closer to me so I could get my hands on you ;)
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post #32 of 37 Old 03-12-2011, 10:49 AM
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The first thing I see is that you ride with your hands down on the withers and dont have much bend in your elbow. Even with small jumps, you still need to be softening with your hands when you go over the jump. Also, your hands are flat, instead of having thumb on top. Once you get to the bigger jumps at the end, you actually end up being in your horses face and pulling back on the reins on the downside of the jump.

It never fails, when someone is wanting to get the correct leads over a jump, but isnt understanding why they arent getting them....you just have to go back and look at how they approach the fence. Were they straight? They got the lead. Came in crooked? Wrong lead. Look at your video around the 2:45 mark. You came into the diagonal one stride straight, and he came out with the correct lead. You go around the corner, and come in crooked to the next fence, and because you were crooked, didnt get the right lead. There are several other times in the video that this occurs.

Yes, single verticles can be taken at an angle, but the horse has to be straight coming into it with no bulges.

Sometimes after a jump, you turn pretty suddenly and sharp instead of trying to flow around the arena. Especially when you were going over the raised pole, you could have taken a stride or two further out and then turned, supporting him more with some leg, and opening your rein up just a tad to help get around the turn.

Just wanted to add, that I am glad you tried getting off your horses back for the lead changes. Some horse will find it easier if you free up their back a little bit. They can also move forward a bit better as well....

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post #33 of 37 Old 03-12-2011, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch View Post
Overall, I really like what I see. You have a nice leg, you are using a deep seat to help regulate the horse. What I would like to see you work on has already been addressed....your hands/arms.

By riding with flat hands (piano hands) you allow your elbows to bow out. Your hands often drop a little low as well. This all breaks the ability to flow your horse's movements with a reliable contact. As a result of the inconsistent contact, the horse often hollows and braces against your hands. This is a very common problem, by the way.

Bring your thumbs up, allow your elbows to stay along your ribs, follow every move the horse's head makes without changing the contact (unless you mean to). Try to fuss a lttle less, too.

I respectfully disagree with jumpriders idea of the "perfect release". Crest releases are for beginner riders who need a "prop" and need to use the horse's neck for support. All riders should, at least, attempt to learn an automatic release, which is what it looks like you are attempting. It is what I am using on my avatar.

Yes, I agree you need to allow more freedom of the horse's head/neck over fences. Don't set your hands over the jump...allow more give.

I think you are quite talented and wish you were closer to me so I could get my hands on you ;)
This! Agreed! Especially crest vs. auto. I use a crest release on easy horses, auto on more difficult. While I think your auto needs a little more independence of hand (you vary between a short and an auto) I think that it's a good start.

The only other thing that I saw that hasn't been addressed is that you seem to be pumping a little with your upper body, but I think that goes back to your hands/arms. Get those fixed and you shouldn't feel a need to follow with your upper body so much. :)

I'm pretty new around here so I haven't seen your older stuff, but I do think that you're a lovely rider. Keep up the good work!
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Thank you for all the suggestions and kind words everyone! VelvetsAB- I see exactly what you mean about the leads and then staying out after the fences. I haven't jumped Thumps since last Saturday, but when I do I'll make sure that I'm straight to the fence.
memcwhit- yes I haven't been doing auto releases for long so I'm still getting the hang of it, but it seems to be a lot more effective with Thumper when I'm able to get it right!

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post #35 of 37 Old 03-12-2011, 06:22 PM
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how old and what breed is your horse???
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post #36 of 37 Old 03-12-2011, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl View Post
how old and what breed is your horse???
Thumper, my lease horse, is 12- 13 in July. He's a TB/Miniature Horse cross.

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Everyone has covered everything but you have a great start!!!
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