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    04-03-2012, 05:01 PM
Jumping Critique - Picture and Video

So first a little about my weekend...
At home we've been schooling 3 - 3'3 courses with no problem and were entered to show 2'9 at last weekends competition. My horse ( Jackson ) was on stall rest all week prior to going ( due to a small abscess, he was cleared by the vet to compete AND the vet just so happened to be at the comptition ) and since he is definitely not used to being stalled he was a little 'excited' when we got there. He threw a bit of a hissy fit when I first got him into the warm up ring and threw me, nothing serious, got back on and he was fine. We warmed up outside, everything went well, behaving, I was with him and bang on everything and then we went to do our warm up round and I completely fell apart I guess I was 'chickening' out of a lot of jumps, and he's the sort of horse who will ALWAYS jump it, but if you don't have your leg on he will always chip in another half stride, which made our warm up round a little... rocky. Eventually we gave up and my coach took us back outside, I was really shaken up and nervous for absolutely no reason and when he chipped again at a bigger oxer ended up eating dirt hard. I came out with two sprained ankles, but had to keep riding anyway (because the bugger took off and completely left the arena... not something he should get away with. Not saying it's his fault, but still). ANYWAY. That scared me off of oxers completely, so we scratched all competition the next day and went back into the warm up ring, froze over all of the oxers and ended up falling into his neck and splitting my lip / bruising my nose.

SO. The next day I entered the 2'3 class instead, and then ended up doing the 2'6 classes as well and things were just... better, continued working outside over bigger fences and I managed to get over everything and loosen up a little bit, but I was tense etc. So I know it's not the best position for critique and I wasn't riding at my best, but I managed to get some good pictures / video and want some opinions on what I need to do to jump more effectively ( critique the horse too, if you'd like. Up until I bought him in the fall his main job was drill team and trail riding, with a bit of jumping thrown in I think he's doing really well ).

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Note that in the pictures I'm riding in a Wintec, and the video I switched to a higher end saddle. I feel like it makes a world of difference with my leg / being able to keep my leg on. This is warm up day # 2, riding with 2 sprained ankles but before I lost my nerve a second time.

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    04-03-2012, 05:31 PM
First of all, bravo for getting back on with two sprained ankles. :)
The main things I see: you are jumping ahead, your leg swung back, and it looks like you are pinching a bit with your knees. Relax your knees so that you aren't gripping with them. Jumping ahead is something your coach can help you with. Some people do better with certain exercises, and your coach would be a better judge than I at what method would suit you best. As for your legs, really sink your weight into your heels (despite the sprained ankles) and keep even contact along your calves. Other than that, good job. :)
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    04-03-2012, 05:57 PM
I was having a really hard time all weekend keeping my leg on, and ended up pinching with my knees. I don't want to blame it on the saddle, lol, but I can definitely FEEL a difference with the contact of my calves in the Wintec vs. my other saddle (a Collegiate). We have been working with grids, etc. to keep me from jumping ahead, but I need to translate into single fences and courses too .
    04-03-2012, 06:09 PM
I do too when I'm nervous. Lol I've ridden in Wintecs and higher end saddles, and let me tell you, the higher end saddles win every time. :) Something that has been helping me was what George Morris said in Practical Horsemen. "You shouldn't be doing anything more than closing your legs and raising your hands. Let your horse close your hip angle." Not exact quotes, but it was close enough. :) That helps me with my single jumps and courses. Well, at least with the mentality part.
    04-03-2012, 06:12 PM
What do you think about my stirrup length? My coach switched me (very briefly) to another saddle and had my stirrups quite long, but didn't say anything about the length in the pictures or the video.
    04-03-2012, 06:17 PM
They do look a bit long. It is kinda hard for me to tell because the flaps of the saddle look really short. Usually if your stirrups feel long or short, they are.
    04-04-2012, 03:43 PM
Anyone else?

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