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    05-22-2009, 12:57 PM
Jumping/Flat Critique - much improved!


I was literally bouncing off the walls when I saw the pictures from Wednesday and I think I improved a lot! I specifically focused on my leg over the jumps, and I'm really happy with my progress! So, please critique.


Do you think I'm a bit left behind here?

I think these 2 are my best:

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    05-22-2009, 02:09 PM
I think you look good! The only things I really see are keep your shoulders back, tighten your fingers on the reins and keep those elbows in. Your leg looks terrific though, and your back is flat, you are looking up, and you seem to be getting the right timing
    05-22-2009, 05:36 PM

I am so proud of you!!!!!!! Keep up the good work! See what happens to your form, when you solidify your lower leg!?!??! EXCELLANT!!!
    05-22-2009, 05:54 PM
U definitely have improved alot!
Good job!!!!!!!! :)
    05-22-2009, 06:05 PM
I don't know what you were like before but I'll give critiquing a go...

Originally Posted by Equuestriaan    

You seem to be slouching a bit, sit yourself up tall. You also have a bit of a chicken wing thing going on.

Heels down. I'm not sure how you've been taught to canter (full/half seat) But I like to see people sitting back a bit. Same as above.

Same as above


You seem to have collapsed a little on your horse's neck. Work on trying to push your shoulder blades together.

Hard to see, again with the shoulders.

Chicken wings again, it's a little blurry but I think you're gripping with your knees and this is causing your leg to swing.

Do you think I'm a bit left behind here?
Hard to tell from the angle, maybe a little. Chicken wings

You're sitting up a bit more in these, nice to see maybe a bit too much, but anyway. Heels down though.

Very nice with your leg! You're over jumping a bit. Chicken wings also. Watch those shoulders.

Pretty much the same as above
    05-22-2009, 06:08 PM

I am sure Equuestriaan will appreciate your critique, I just didn't want to get in debth with her because she's worked really hard to improve her leg and not jumping ahead.

1 thing at a time :) From before, she has definitely made a vast improvement :)
    05-22-2009, 06:13 PM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    

1 thing at a time :) From before, she has definitely made a vast improvement :)
I'm so glad to hear it! I hope I didn't sound too chastising.
    05-22-2009, 06:16 PM
Nooo no no, not at all. You were only doing what was asked of - I just wanted to keep it simple for her - her biggest issue was her lower leg and solidifying it at that girth with her inner calf, not knees...and she's done it well :)

Due to her solidifying that leg, her other issue of jumping ahead, can now be corrected.
    05-22-2009, 06:18 PM
I just looked up some of her previous posts with her jumping and I have to give her a BIG well done **claps** I understand what you all mean. Such an improvement
    05-22-2009, 06:52 PM

All your posts make me so happy XD

Next lesson I'm going to try to keep my legs as they are in the pictures above and work on not jumping ahead / collapsing. My mom will take pictures hopefully so I can see if I succeed.. lol.

I have a question, though.

Here's how it feels when I jump right now: In the last like 3 strides before the jump, I kinda sit down really hard with each stride because it helps me get the distance or something.. it's like I count 1, 2, 3, and each stride I kinda emphasize the motion. So imagine... bounce-bounce-bounce- and then as he jumps, I sort of bounce up and lean forward and my hands go from a few inches above the mane to about halfway up his neck.

So I don't know if it's a problem with my seat as I approach, or if that's how it's supposed to be, but the motion of that final stride just seems to lift me up and forward.

It's not really letting the horse close my hip angle because that's not what it feels like... it's more like me springing up his neck.

I don't know if my description made any sense, but how should it feel when he closes my hip angle? Should I wrap my legs around him and sit really deep and then force myself not to bounce/post on the approach? And then, when he jumps, what do I do? I mean, am I supposed to remain in the saddle for this height of jump? Should I be standing up a bit more?

I'm sorry if that made no sense, it's hard for me to explain what I mean. It's just like how I do it now feels natural, and it *feels* like his motion is lifting me into position, but clearly I'm doing something wrong. I'm just not sure where I should be on the take off and over the jump.

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