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    12-21-2008, 12:58 AM
Jumping and flat critique!

Hello I am new here and would just like a critique. I have only been riding for 2 years. Constructive critisim needed!

This is about 6 months ago! Had started jumping 2 months before this pic.

This was diamon's first show! Came 2nd out of 13 horses! I was so proud of him that day! This was about 10 months ago. I think.lol

Don't really have much recent pics.
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    12-21-2008, 01:55 AM
None of the pictures are showing up for me.
    12-21-2008, 10:10 AM
Darn I really don't know how to fix them. I also don't know what I did wrong. Can you help me.
    12-21-2008, 10:24 AM
Upload them to a site like TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting, then just copy and paste the direct link.
    12-21-2008, 12:19 PM
I'm sorry i'm not that computer savvy, but i'll try!
    12-21-2008, 12:24 PM
<a href="TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting" target="_blank"><img src="http://i41.tinypic.com/4qh94n.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a>

Ok these should work. This is the jumping photo!
    12-21-2008, 12:27 PM
<a href="TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting" target="_blank"><img src="http://i44.tinypic.com/5oh6xg.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a>

And here's the flat. Thank you so much for helping me!
    12-21-2008, 12:30 PM
Also here's a youtube vid of me! This is the url

Please watch!
    12-21-2008, 12:33 PM
Btw when ever i'm jumping the grids in my vid my instructor wants me in 2 point before the fence. Sometimes people get confused by that on youtube.lol
    12-21-2008, 01:07 PM
Good, the links work. For future reference, all you need is these 2 links:


I'll start with the flat. Your seat looks very nice, you are not slumping or hunched over. Also, gorgeous horse! What breed is he?? I only notice some minor things about your form. Your fingers should be closed around the reins. Closed hands will give you more control and you can send clearer signals to your horse... right now you are holding the reins with your fingertips! I would also like to see you lift your hands a bit and have them in front of the saddle instead of resting on it. I always carry my hands a few inches in front of the pommel and floating slightly above the neck:

It looks like your heels could be down a bit more, but it's hard to tell from that angle. Overall you look pretty good, just fix your hands and maybe shorten your reins a bit and you're good to go!

Okay, onto the jumping. I like how you are looking up and ahead and you are giving a nice release so your horse has plenty of room to jump. I only notice one thing... you are pinching slightly with your knees and your legs look like they are swinging back a bit, although it's hard to tell without a side angle. It looks like your stirrups may be a tad long. Other than that you look great!

Hope this helped. =)

PS sorry the pics turned out big, I meant to make them smaller!!
***I wrote this before I saw the video so this is just a critique of the 2 pics***

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