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post #1 of 5 Old 09-23-2009, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping & Dressage Critique

So just for fun I wanted a dressage and jumping critique. Not on Bear, only on me. He is really out of shape (which is why we are only really dont tiny cross rails and only walk/trot as of right now) and is under weight (working on that, again that is why we are doing such low level stuff). Please dont comment on his weight and toning. I just want a light critique, nothing huge. Well, I guess if you want to go huge, then that's ok, just be nice on me? :)

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The last one was just for cuteness :) I hope you guys can see all of the pictures alright! If not, let me know asap and I will get it fixed. I was sitting the trot in the dressage picture (the second one), just so you know!

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-23-2009, 09:55 AM
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Your jumping position is fairly nice. Your leg slipped back a little bit, i think because you seem to be standing up a little. When you jump instead of standing opening them, you should let your knee and hip angles close. But other than that it looks pretty nice.

In the dressage picture, you have a bit of a chair seat, but your overall position is nice. lengthening your stirrups just a tad might fix that.

And the last picture is absolutely adorable :]

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Thank you xeventer! I need to do some no stirrups to fix my nasty "support on my stirrups like it will save my life!" Lol. I really need to work on loosening my knee up and closing my hip angle. I just find it so hard to loosen my knee and close my hip angle when im only jumping a 1' (in the middle its 1') cross rail.

I agree that I need to lengthen my stirrups, I never notice until someone tells me.

Thank you about the last picture, by the way!

Just so eveyone knows (if you dont already), I am a self taught jumper on one year, the jumping was my second ride on Bear, the dressage was my third ride on Bear, and ive owned him for two weeks and one day. :) But I just got a jumping trainer, so I wont be self taught for to long!!!

Anyone else? :)

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In the trotting picture, he was probably just pulling on you a little during that pic, but ideally your elbows should rest relaxed at your sides. Yours are a little in front of your torso. Relaxed arms = supple horse.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-23-2009, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the critique Puck! I have always had that issue, but have never worked on fixing it, hehe (I know, shame on me). I will work on that the next time I ride! I have a horrid hand/elbow/shoulder position and I really do need to work on, so thank you for pointing that out!

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