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post #1 of 8 Old 03-30-2011, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping critique please?

I've been riding for about six years, and working with my horse for about a year now. This is a video of me riding this past summer. Dont be afraid to be mean (:

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-30-2011, 11:57 PM
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Hi, Im new, but I thought I would offer some advice despite that. Your position looks pretty solid in general. Your base of support seems strong and you stay with your horse over the jumps nicely. One thing that I did notice though is that it looks like you tend to drop your inside shoulder, a lot of people do that. It just takes some concentrated effort to raise that shoulder and that side of your body. It is, however, something that is important to fix because of its affect on the horse, as they will also become heavy on the inside shoulder and it will become more difficult to balance them. The only other thing is that you seem to be quite stiff in your upper body when you ride on the flat. This could be because you were nervous at the show, etc, but a soft, flowing upper body is nice compared to an overly rigid one. Anyways, you and your horse look great, best of luck in the future!
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-31-2011, 10:00 AM
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You look like a very strong rider...nice legs and seat. What I don't like is your hands...they look like they don't do anything. I think you need to carry your hands and not bury them in the horses withers.

Remember your hands control the horses shoulders and your legs control your horses hind. If you hands are just planted on the withers you can't ask your horse to bend, or raise their shoulder, do a lead change, etc.

Also keep your chin up.

Another thing, your horse is loose with his front legs over the jumps, some gymnastics work should fix that.

Other than that you look very nice.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-31-2011, 10:06 AM
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I LOVE that your trainer has you do gymnastics and no stirrups over fences. Over-all your a very secure rider and ditto the above =)
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-31-2011, 10:09 AM
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The thing that jumped out at me the most is that you're trying to sit to your fences but you haven't yet developed a following seat, so your seat looks busy and like you're driving the horse. If you were showing, I'd advise you to ride to your fences in two point, it would make for a better presentation.

I'd also advise that you spend some time on a school horse on a lunge line and really learn to master a quiet, passive following seat. You have the idea and the beginings of one, now you need to solidify it.

I suspect your instructor is having you work without stirrups to address this problem, but even without stirrups you tend to jump up the horse's neck rather than waiting for the horse's motion to push you out of the tack, and then also snap back a little abruptly on landing.

Your overall design of position is excellent, and you appear to be a strong, capable rider. A true following seat, and allowing the horse's motion to open and close your hip angle rather than doing it yourself would add polish and take you to another level.
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-31-2011, 11:33 AM
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omg i love your riding . you're awesome girl ;) .

and i agree with ERIKALYNN about the hand .
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-02-2011, 10:46 AM
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Ditto to some of the above. You do tend to drop your inside shoulder around the corners. Just try over exagerating it for a while when you school, it'll feel pretty weird but will help. And It seems to me that you pop back up out of your 2 point a hair to soon. It Just try and stay in two point long enough to feel your horses back feet to hit the ground on the other side of the fence. And it looks like you do it more at home than when your showing. I know it probably doesnt feel or look that bad when your riding. But it something you want to correct before you start doing the really big fences. Good luck.

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post #8 of 8 Old 04-04-2011, 02:33 AM
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I like your chesnut pony. Maybe try and keep your upper boby up more.
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