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post #1 of 12 Old 04-24-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique (video)

I'm preparing for a show on May 16th... just a small hunter show at my barn mostly for the people who ride there. I'm going to be riding Mack, the horse in this video. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Mainly what I see I need to work on is relaxing my arms as they are a bit stiff. My reins are also too short—he was getting kind of quick and I was nervous. I'm also trying to figure out how to get the lead changes on him.


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post #2 of 12 Old 04-24-2010, 09:35 PM
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All I can see is in some parts your heels should be down more. And your hands are nice and forward but I think up a little more would be good. I lovee your lower leg I barely saw it moving. Also your form over jumps is great, can't wait to see pictures form your show :)

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-24-2010, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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I lovee your lower leg I barely saw it moving. Also your form over jumps is great, can't wait to see pictures form your show :)
You don't know how much that means to me! This was actually the first time I've seen video of my riding in several months and I was quite pleased with my lower leg, as I had been working reaaallyy hard on that for a while!
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Nice ride. Even tho your reins are short you are releasing properly. Good pace for a hunter course. The pace was steady and even. Take offs were clean.
In terms of leads, I put a pole on the ground on the diagonal or at "A" and "C" canter the horse over it and usually they will switch when they canter over it and just cue them to switch. If you do this enough the horse will get it.

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You don't know how much that means to me! This was actually the first time I've seen video of my riding in several months and I was quite pleased with my lower leg, as I had been working reaaallyy hard on that for a while!
Haha its true! I never post videos because my lower leg tends to slip back or it swings, I need to work more on that. I'm always needing to use it so alot of times after I'm done giving him a kick/squeeze then mine falls back :P It's very annoying so until it gets better, no videos.

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Nice ride. Even tho your reins are short you are releasing properly. Good pace for a hunter course. The pace was steady and even. Take offs were clean.
In terms of leads, I put a pole on the ground on the diagonal or at "A" and "C" canter the horse over it and usually they will switch when they canter over it and just cue them to switch. If you do this enough the horse will get it.
Thanks! Good to hear that the pace is okay—I usually think he's going way faster than he actually is, hence the tight reins lmao. And thanks for the lead tips! He usually gets the leads over the jumps as he is pretty well trained, I just have trouble getting him to switch if he doesn't... :P
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Over all you're looking pretty good :]

Not repeating anyone else, a few things that I notice - You seem to be ducking a bit over the jumps (leaning forward and down a bit too much) and releasing just the littlest bit too much. Noticed these A LOT in the second jump of the first video. Not so bad on the other jumps however it does seem to be hindering your landing a bit. If you watch when your horse lands, it takes you a stride to sit yourself back up and continue riding. Your horse seems to be quite sweet and reliable, but there are those horses who will try to take advantage of this stride and take off, so it's a habit that really should be broken.

Once you work on that, I'd say you'll look pretty darn good :] And don't feel bad about the ducking/over releasing thing, I've seen it quite a lot in the hunter world. It's those high spirited jumpers that really teach you not to over release xD

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I really like your release here, and you don't take it back too quickly, but you don't let the reins hang once he doesn't need them to stretch. Then again, I'm no expert!

Your seat looks good, although at some parts it kind of looks like you've got your own rhythm and you're moving slightly against his motion. I think this is probably because you were nervous about Mack going quicker than you wanted. Just relax, sit deep, and don't fight him (not that you're doing this, it's just a reflex action for anyone who gets tense). As silly as it sounds, CALMING BREATHS are the key to jumping and especially showing!! Never stop breathing.

Looks good, though! I think you'll do very well at the show :) Have fun!

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I actually like your rein length. You are still able to give an nice release over the jumps, you are maintaining good contact with the bit, and are able to guide him without lots of hand movement. Your position is actually pretty solid, so keep up the good work there.

For your horse, the pace is actually fine. Two things that I noticed that will interfere with lead changes. He dropped his shoulders in on the corners to the right, which puts him out of balance. I would use my inside hand and leg, pushing him to the outside to keep that shoulder up and trying to get a soft bend in the direction of travel. Also make sure that in the corners and coming out that he continues to drive through with his hind end. If you can fix those two things, you will have better success with the lead change and you will have a more consistent ride over the fences. But if this is a small show and you can't do a flying lead change, then just do a nice clean simple and you will be find. Best of luck!!
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Thanks everyone!! I'll work on the leads... I'm thinking I'll do my best to try to get the flying ones down by the show, but yeah, if all else fails I'll try to do a quick trot change. Better than the wrong lead! :P I know I'm going to get pictures from the show, but I'm not sure if I can find anybody to film me... we'll see. Until then no more video; I don't like to make my parents film too often. xD I'll let you know how it goes!

Also I see what you mean with his shoulder—very helpful knowing that! Thanks!
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