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post #1 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique Please

Hey guys. After a two years off, I'm finally starting to jump again. I had an accident and had to take one year off, then did flat work for a year. About three months ago, I started jumping again. I can't afford a trainer right now, but I feel like I'm fine working on my own for now. The only problem is I don't get solid critique for my position. I know what the right form should be and where I fall short, but I'd like to hear what other riders have to say.
As for the horse, he's an 8y/o warmblood with a young mind, but a hard worker. He's not quite as brave since our fall, but he's very honest. Go ahead and critique his form and such :) Thanks!

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 12:41 PM
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Looking good, sit up more, shoulders back a bit more. Need to have a bit more relase instead of getting so close to his neck, got to give him room to come up to you over the jump. Remember toes in, not pengiun style ;)

Looking great besides a couple little things to work on! Beautiful horse!
You make me excited to start my guy back over fences here soon!
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I agree with pointing your toes straight not out. If you happen out then you can accidentally kick your horse when you're over a jump. Also as the other person said you do need to get off of their neck a little bit more and have more of a hand release. But you're looking really good have fun.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 01:48 PM
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Considering your history, you're doing an amazing job, particularly since you're working without help. Of the four photos, the 1st and 4th show the best overall position.

You have two form faults/tendencies you need to work on -

First, A tendency to grip with the back, rather than the flat of your calf, which in turn forces your toe out, which in turn creates some pivoting on the knee.

Second, A tendency to overjump/overclose your hip angle which leaves you too close to the horse's neck.

Photo by photo -

Very slight toe out, lower leg slightly behind perpendicular. Weight in your heel, but stirrup a little too far back on your foot. Should be on the ball angled across your foot so the outside branch of the stirrup iron touchs your little toe. Crotch over the middle of the saddle, buttocks out of the saddle the correct amount of the size of the size. Too closed of a hip angle for the size of the fence, laying on the neck. Long release accentuates the laying on the neck and is causing you elbow to pop out. If I could only change one element of this photo, it would be to move your hand and arm 6" forward. That would fix the elbow and part of the laying on the neck.

Second photo - more pronounced grip in back of calf, more rotation of the toe, and lower leg further behind you. Stirrup still too far back on foot. However, you're still over the center of the horse and out of the saddle the correct amount. Big roach in your back, and too close to the neck. Medium length released executed well with elbow in.

Third photo - Adding heel up to your lower leg woes. Base of support still good, eye up and looing ahead, but still too close to the horse's neck. Good medium long release.

Fourth photo - too dark to see lower leg, but I suspect it has slipped back. Here, the one thing I would change would be to pick your shoulder and upper body up off the horse's neck, it would change the look of the whole photo.

I like your horse very much; and he looks to have scope and talent to spare, however, he doesn't look like he has a lot of respect for those skinny PVC rails - he's a little casual about his front end. It's not lack of ability, certainly. I'd like to see him sharpen his form a little.

Good luck, and please post back with some new photos after a while.
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Looking good!
Heels down, toes in, and give him more of a release, like in my avatar. :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-09-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much guys! Really appreciated.
I trained and showed with a very Hunter-type trainer for a while, which is probably where my "laying on the neck" habit came from. I've been doing core strengthening exercises on my own, and I feel like they're slowly helping. For the lower leg, my left ankle is a killer since I broke that one, and lost all the muscle. Again, I've been doing a lot of calf and ankle exercises at the gym to help that. I don't plan on going much higher jump wise until my position is rock solid.
It's funny you said the first and fourth were the best, since theyre the latest from about three days ago. The others were from a few weeks back. It's slow, but at least I'm improving, right?
As for the horse, thanks for the compliments! He's a doll, but I do agree on him getting a little lazy over the fences. He'll wack them hard and show no regard as to what happened. I'll work on getting some wooden poles.
Thanks again everyone!
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