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post #1 of 38 Old 06-29-2011, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique- Rider only, please!

First time at this height for both me & her. Please don't critique her, just myself.

First time over it, little awkward.

Probably my favorite of these.

An alright one.

I know this is from the front & a little useless, but I thought I'd throw it in anyway. Tried to size it smaller, hopefully that worked!

Let me know what to work on as far as position goes. I have a small hunter hack class this weekend, just two small crosspoles, so I'm hoping to get some advice before then.

Nitpick if you must, but please remember we are both extremely green! I have never jumped higher than 1'6, Rainy (my horse) has never jumped higher than 1'.
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post #2 of 38 Old 06-29-2011, 06:51 PM
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First off, I really like your overall position!
You are a very solid rider in the tack: your lower leg is fabulous, your eye is up, your back is flat and you aren't crawling up your horse's neck over the fence! Even in your "awkward" picture, your position is still solid even if it is a bit behind the motion. I honestly wish I had your position when I was at your level!

Now to be nit-picky - just lift your bum out of the saddle a tad. Your sitting a bit too much on yuor horse's back over the fence and just that little air between you and the saddle will help your horse jump up to you.

But honestly, that's only thing I see that needs improving. You and your horse look wonderful and I will be very surprised if you don't win your classes comming up! Good luck!

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Aw, you're way too nice! Thank you so much for your kind words.

I will definitely try to 'lift' more. I think I was trying very much to not lean up her neck or 'over two-point', if you know what I mean, so that could account for the sitting back.

I'm very excited for the show! Unfortunately, the hack class is the first riding class of the day, so she may be a little hyper. We already have issues rushing (that was mostly what I worked with today- lots of half halts!), so I'm a little apprehensive about that. Luckily, you get one warm up jump!
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Blush said it better, but I thought you looked really solid , too. right over your horse!
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Thank tinyliny! :)
I certainly am glad you think it looks solid- that's what I'm going for!
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Blush pretty much covered it horseluver :) I think you have a great foundation and are starting out on the right foot! Very good!

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Yay! I'm very happy to hear that! I will keep you all updated with photos as I progress- this weekend is the first step! (:
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Bump (:
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I think you look great. I wish I was that good
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post #10 of 38 Old 07-01-2011, 10:09 AM
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I think you look awesome!!! Really nice and secure :)

But in that last pic, was she supposed to leave the ground before the groundpole?? Her feet are right in between the pole and the jump.
And I think I can see that pole in mid-fall

Great job, though!

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