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post #1 of 11 Old 07-31-2012, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-31-2012, 10:09 PM
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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.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-31-2012, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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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 definitly work on those things!
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-31-2012, 10:58 PM
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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!
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-31-2012, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I will work on my leg for sure! I probably am a little ahead of my horse in that last picture. Thanks:)
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-01-2012, 11:59 AM
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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 =]

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post #7 of 11 Old 08-01-2012, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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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:)
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-02-2012, 11:47 PM
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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.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-04-2012, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-04-2012, 12:32 PM
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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.
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