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post #1 of 7 Old 08-11-2013, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping & Flat Work Critique

Ok everyone, figured I'd throw myself out there to see myself through other people's eyes. The 2 videos are of me riding my lease horse, Nichols, a 9yr old, 17.2h, Belgian Warmblood. I just started leasing him last month, and he has been getting back into shape with me as his owner is a truck driver so Mr. Nichols sat around for quite a bit just being a pasture puff and getting ridden quite irregularly. This is the flat work from my lesson yesterday. As well as our first attempt at a full course together :) Nichols can jump 4'6"+, but I have only been jumping about 5 months total, and before him my own horse was a rehab case so there wasn't any serious jumping going on. I would love to get some constructive criticism on my Equitation and whatnot. I do notice that I have a hard time 'lengthening' my arms, I did saddleseat and the Morgan circuit for so long that I am undoing 20 years of everything I've ever learned lol.

Our goals are to do as schooling show next month in the 2ft division and then when the next circuit starts in November we are hoping to go for the 2ft division with ending in the 2'3" towards the end if all goes as planned. We will be showing him in the hunter ring. Yes, he is bred to be a jumper, but he has slight issues with his right hind that prevent him from doing those hard rollbacks sometimes required in the Jumper ring. We are working on finding a good bit for the hunter ring, here he is just in his regular work waterford 3-ring. I am hoping to do a few medal classes in the equitation division later next year or next season, I know I am not going to be the skinniest girl in there, but I feel it would be a good experience.

In the jumping video first thing I notice is that the last diagonal line I don't have a good release, he tends to turn into a "freight train" on the home run so we're actively working on that lol.

I would love to hear any and all thoughts from you guys :)


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post #2 of 7 Old 08-11-2013, 01:41 PM
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For only a month riding him , you are doing super well. you will undo the old habits in no time,. and when you get a stronger leg, things will fall together even more. The lower leg not being as strong as it needs to be is what I see, but I am not a jumper, so I don't have an educated eye on how to do detailed jump critiques. The horse is really nice. What a steady and willing guy!
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Thanks tinylily! I definitely need to work on my lower leg, it's always been a weakness and with my RA its a bit of a fight sometimes. What's funny is that we've REALLY come together, as this horse actually has a reputation for being an a$$ ;) He's not forgiving, and will dump people at a moments notice. We seem to get along fabulously, my trainer and I feel it's because I don't put up with his attitude. He respects me and in turn his attitude has improved magnificently! Because before if you didn't get the 'perfect' distance, he would buck after jumps. We're actually working a lot with him 'getting over' things. He's learning to really be ok with going short, long, etc. He's become a lot more forgiving and we really suit each other well so I am very fortunate to be able to lease him :)
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This is my first critique and I'm don't have the most experienced or educated eye but I wanted to emphasize what Tiny mentioned about a weak lower leg. You seem to have quite a chair seat and your posting is too emphasized and is really distracting (Maybe it's the saddleseat training?). Think about getting your leg under you more and only posting out of the saddle a few inches.
That being said, your seat at the canter is lovely. It looks so effortless. I think you and this horse make a great team. He is a very handsome guy. I love that throughout the jump course it hardly looks as if he's jumping... I think that not only shows how tall he is (my little QH would be scrambling to get over 2ft fences) but also that you're getting your distances to a majority of the fences right. I hope you keep us updated on your progress.
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Your jump position in general is there and with more strength will only become more solid.

One thing I am seeing, and maybe it is just the angle of the video, is that saddle you are riding in large enough for you..it looks small. This could be the issue with the higher posting and "chair seat" mentioned prior. It looks like you are riding a combination of hunt seat and dressage seat and looking back at your original post, I would agree the saddleseat influence is there :)
Having ridden Belgian Warmbloods in my current search effort I know they can have a much loftier trot which makes posting interesting to say the least so it may just be a matter of more practice there. Instead of going straight up and down you need to think of the post as more of a sweeping motion back to front.

You are coming together well as a team though...more practice and time :)
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Thank you laurapratt01! Yes, my lower leg is quite weak, I have been trying to diligently work on it. Saddleseat, majority wise is posting 'up and down' so I have to really think and concentrate on the more low back and forth movement in the trot.
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Thanks tlkng1! Yes, he has an entirely different movement from the Morgan and TB that I owned previously! The first day I rode him I just about posted out the saddle! LOL. I do have a very bad habit of sitting more towards the cantle of the saddle, as is done in saddleseat. The saddle is an 18" and fits great...if I sit in it PROPERLY! ;) We're slowly starting to come together more I am hoping my 'effort' at positing will start getting a bit smoother :)
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