jumping critique! just a lesson

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding Critique

jumping critique! just a lesson

This is a discussion on jumping critique! just a lesson within the Horse Riding Critique forums, part of the Riding Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-31-2012, 09:30 PM
jumping critique! just a lesson

These are just some pics my friend took from my lesson. So.. critique away! Love getting all the help I can to improve!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 041.jpg (51.3 KB, 167 views)
File Type: jpg 056.jpg (28.5 KB, 165 views)
File Type: jpg 026.jpg (40.1 KB, 162 views)
File Type: jpg 040.jpg (60.8 KB, 159 views)
File Type: jpg 070.jpg (62.4 KB, 158 views)
File Type: jpg 071.jpg (62.2 KB, 158 views)
File Type: jpg 072.jpg (60.2 KB, 158 views)
File Type: jpg 087.jpg (55.3 KB, 156 views)
File Type: jpg 100.jpg (41.6 KB, 160 views)
Sponsored Links
    07-31-2012, 11:09 PM
You look pretty good if you are a hunter :) One thing that I am seeing, that is in fact a big thing, is that your leg is slipping back pretty dramatically. One thing that I have felt that works REALLY well is tying your stirrups to your girth. I just think it does wonders, and you can really FEEL the difference!! You look advanced enough to handle it, so I say go for it! :) You also need to work on really sinking your heels way way down. This will also be helped by tying your stirrups. And one last thing? Your toes are pointed out. Guess what will help with that ;)

I have these SAME problems you have ;) My trainer just has me tie my stirrups to my saddle every day, only taking days off when I just get too sore to bear it. And those days I simply don't ride, because it hurts.

If you are a jumper, you are not quite as effective as you could be. I would like to see just a teensy bit more contact through your reins, and sit up a bit more in your jump position, so that you are ready to take off into those tight turns once you land.
    07-31-2012, 11:21 PM
Thanks! That was really helpful! I am more of a jumper and this is my horse and he is a jumper but I do hunters and eq too on other horses. Tying your stirrups to your girth sounds really helpful, I will definitely have to try that! My horse has been really slow in the summer heat so I have been riding him with a little looser rein in order to keep a good pace up. Thanks for your help I will definitely work on those things!
Posted via Mobile Device
    07-31-2012, 11:58 PM
Great critique! I agree with the lower leg going back too far. The last photo looks like you are pretty far forward. Is that from jumping ahead? I am not a jumper, so am genuinely not sure of these things.

The horse is very cute and you look good on him. Love that first photo!
    08-01-2012, 12:33 AM
Thanks! I will work on my leg for sure! I probably am a little ahead of my horse in that last picture. Thanks:)
Posted via Mobile Device
    08-01-2012, 12:59 PM
Your leg is slightly too far back. It can be easily fixed, by waiting with your body and not jumping ahead. Think of waiting for your horse and not moving on take off. You also look like you are gripping with your calf, instead of having your weight equally distributed down your whole leg. Im thinking that your stirrups look just a hair too long. I would shorten them and see if it helps your leg.

Over all you and your horse look really good ! You look like a very compatible pair =]
    08-01-2012, 02:14 PM
Thanks I will try that! Thanks I see what you mean by I'm gripping with my calf. Will work on that and I will try shortening my stirrups to see if that helps! And thankyou! We get along very well:)
    08-03-2012, 12:47 AM
I agree with everyone else about your leg.
One other thing I noticed was that you and the horse aren't jumping in the middle of the jumps. Really try putting that horse where he/she needs to go. Make a straight approach and take away.

Also, which is something I think every person who jumps should do, be careful if you are starting to lean onto the horse's neck. I can't tell how much you are, but it looks like it may be a problem down the road. Try more of an automatic release. It's something that I feel every jumping rider should do. It gives the horse more freedom of the reins AND the neck.
    08-04-2012, 04:06 AM
Yeah I think I could be a lot more straight to the fence in a lot of those! Thanks for pointing that out! I will work on not leaning on his kneck as much and definitely worked on my automatic release a little bit today and will in every lesson for sure!
Posted via Mobile Device
    08-04-2012, 01:32 PM
The thing that I immediately focused in this series of photos is your horse's front end. I come from a hunter background, and moved to jumpers and eventers later in my career, so I am a bit of a "form snob" - I am pickier about form than a lot of jumpers and eventers.

That said, your horse is loose and uneven enough in front to be a real concern to me. He has one knee lower than the other, and one forearm below horizontal in each of the jumping photos. I the 5th photo, it looks as if he's really hung a leg or left one leg back. In the last photo, the dramatic split between his forelegs is a concern - that's the type of jumping form that can catch a rail very easily.

He doesn't look like he has any trouble over fences at this height, and he has plenty of ability, more like he's gotten lazy or careless being schooled over low fences and just doesn't bother to tuck neatly. In that last photo he appears to just be stepping over the fence without a lot of effort.

Is this the height you normally show or compete? Does he tighten up over larger fences?

I would like to see him working through gymnastics, tight technical distances, etc., to see if his form changes. I'd also be thinking of ways to school fewer fences and have them count for more; my suspicion is that this is a capable horse who has gotten bored drilled over low fences repeatedly.

Agree with the critique Gypsygirl already gave you on your equitation.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Critique Me and Bobbert? :) jumping lesson! blush Horse Riding Critique 15 08-01-2011 03:47 PM
jumping lesson ! gypsygirl Horse Videos 11 02-25-2010 09:27 PM
Jumping Lesson Critique TwendeHaraka Horse Riding Critique 2 11-28-2009 05:18 PM
Jumping lesson GeminiJumper Horse Riding Critique 7 06-25-2008 02:22 PM
Critique our jumping lesson please!!! futolympeventer327 Horse Riding Critique 7 03-20-2007 05:08 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:48 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0