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post #1 of 8 Old 09-17-2012, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique Please

This is me and my new gelding Xander, we have recently moved to a new barn and begun working with a trainer to start showing hunters next summer, we might actually do a low level show in October! Well anyway here are a few photos and a video of us jumping a little 2'3" bounce.
Well anyways please critique the both of us, thanks!


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post #2 of 8 Old 09-17-2012, 09:13 PM
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I'm not much of an expert, so what I say may and probably is wrong. But, you seem to tuck your arms under you when you jump instead of reaching them forward as a release. Also, I think your heels could be a bit deeper. But wonderful leg position!
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-18-2012, 12:26 AM
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you're jumping ahead and poking your chicken wings out. release your arms forward to allow your horse to jump freely across the fence. Heels down will help you to squat into your 2 point appropriately, to keep the balance over your base of support.

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I wasn't able to watch the video (as I am on my phone), but was able to see the photos. Firstly, I love that your eyes are up and you are looking straight ahead and beautiful horse.

But, your really bracing on his neck and getting ahead of the movement. Try and go with your horses movement some more instead of 'jumping for the horse'. Try doing some grid work, it might help!

Your lower leg is in a good position, but you really need to drop your heels down. Your weight seems to be in your upperr body and on your horses neck instead of in your heels, try to really lengthen your leg downwards and support yourself more. I think you'll find that this will help you to sit 'up' and 'back' some more. Do loads of two point, even on the flat, over trot polls, etc. I think you'll find that you will really develop the muscles to hold yourself together over the fence some more. Remember to keep your toes inwards too, it looks like they might be slightly out from the photos.

Its great that you aren't catching your horse in the mouth, but you don't really have a release either. I think this might be because you don't have any contact to 'let go of', try shortening your reins a little annd then moving them up your horses neck over the jump, instead of bringing them back into your lap.

Managed to get the video to load in the end - be SOFTER in your seat, you seem to be very jerky on his back, relax. Allow him to relax aswell, I think it would help you a lot if you gave him the chance to establish a steady rhythm before the jump, instead of trying to cram it all into the space of half of an arena. Get a nice trot, sit deep, use your correct aids THEN ask for canter, do a few circles of canter to get a nice and steady rhythm, then approach the jump. Don't change anything, don't let your horse rush, don't tense up, keep the same EVEN canter. A few times I noticed that you had your hands 'in your lap' try to move them slightly up and away from you (not too much!) and I also noticed that your jerking the canter and not going with it, 'pumping with your seat'. Try to support yourself and really stretch your heel down on the flat as well, I'd suggest doing lots of flat work :) you can never have too much flat work!

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-23-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the awesome critique! :)

So do you have any exercises that I could do to try getting my hands more forward? My trainer says I need to have them more under my chin.
Do you think that I could braid a chunk of my guys mane with a bright color and reach for it at every jump?

heres another pic of us from this weekend during my lesson, those pics were kind of old

do i look any better?

also, does my boy have a good jump do you think?

oh yeah, and i looked at the video again and i realized that its terrible quality, i assure you we dont look that bumpy and rocky and rough!

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you could definitely put your heels down farther, also you're sitting down a little too soon. Just hold your two point a hair longer

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post #7 of 8 Old 09-23-2012, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by JustWingIt View Post
Thanks for the awesome critique! :)
Any time. Hopefully some of it was slightly useful.

My trainer says I need to have them more under my chin.
Do you think that I could braid a chunk of my guys mane with a bright color and reach for it at every jump?
What do you mean by under your chin more? Like, as in more forward. I believe you are aiming for a 'Crest Release', where you slide your hands up the horses crest over the fence. I did a quick google search to try and find you a decent example of one and actually found a photo of our own Allison Finch, see how she's moved her hands up the horses neck?

So yes, in theory braiding a chunk of mane with a bright colour will help - quiet a lot, but just remember sometimes you will need a different size release but for a starting point that should be great. Just remember to keep your fingers closed, I noticed that your opening them a bit. Keep them nice and tight around your reins.

You are looking better - good job. But, I noticed in this photo, could just be a visual thing, but it looks like your ducking a bit to the inside. Try and stay nice and centre with your horse, it can develop quite a few bad habits otherwise (e.g. your horse can start drifting to the side, due to your hip being off centre).

Once again, heels down and toe in - maybe try shortening your stirrups just a hole? It might help you to find that extra contact with your stirrup that it looks like is missing. Your not as far ahead, so that's good, but I still think you could centre your weight a -tiny- bit future back.

Your horse does have a nice jump, he looks sweet. With correct work and riding fro you I think he could have a really neat little jump in the end. How old is he? I like him!

Keep working on it :) Hope I can help.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-24-2012, 06:22 AM
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Overall, you look great. Just two small things I noticed:

1. Try to release a little more with your hands. Move them up his neck a bit more so you're not catching him in the mouth.

2. Keep your heels a bit farther down.

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