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    11-09-2012, 02:27 AM
Jumping a green horse.

Let me know what you guys think of my riding, this is from the summer so a little old but its all I have. He's 10 years old but no one has done much with him, he has spent the time he was 3-9 sitting in a field doing nothing, he was started as a 3 year old in dressage, but due to a messy divorce he ended up with a little old woman he he learned he could scare when he was either 3 or 4 and spent the rest of the time before my trainer bought him being a pushy rude horse that never had to do anything he didn't want to do. My trainer bought him a year before I came to ride with him I saw an add for Gershwin and bought him off my trainer I made the decision to keep Gershwin with him and together we turned him into a pretty nice hunter so far. It isn't perfect yet I fear I might possibly ruin him. I do know that my heals are no where near where they should be and my lower leg is horrible, the past month I've been doing lots and lots of no stirrup work so my lower leg isn't as awful as it is in these pictures, and I'm also now getting the concept of toe's in so my heals aren't always in his side.

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    11-09-2012, 03:35 AM
I almost want to say your stirrups could go down a hole, but somebody correct me there if I'm wrong.
You need to get your leg underneath you a little bit more, and I would suggest bringing your center of balance back over the center of the saddle, it looks like you're a bit far forward and with a green horse you don't want to risk throwing them off balance approaching the jump. Relax a little through your arms to give a bit more of a release in some of your pictures. Don't drop him at the fence, keep a connection, but don't hold on his mouth.
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    11-09-2012, 10:21 AM
You're already aware of your major flaw, that being your leg. The solution? No stirrups, no stirrups, no stirrups. Build up that muscle and you won't have such problems with your leg sliding back. It would also be beneficial to lengthen your stirrups a hole or two on the flat. You could stand to give a bit more of a release, but given that he's green, I understand your hesitation.

Other than that, I think you're being too hard on yourself. If you're working with a trainer, why are you worried you'll ruin him? He looks like a nice promising guy with a decent jump, obviously he's still learning. Very handsome. As long as you're working alongside your trainer, I think you two will get along just fine. Good luck!
    11-16-2012, 12:13 AM
You guys got it! Great team already. For being the boss from 3-9, it looks like you two got to work with eachother.
I LOVE your release, very nice crest release allowing him to bring himself up and over.
Your back is nice, always recommend really sitting in your seat (yes, Drop those stirrups down and work on tightening during flatwork), allow yourself to stretch and round your back and glide while the horse carries you over the jump.
Your arms look good. Hands are a consistant distance apart.

Exercises I recommend:
Extending THEN collecting.
Move forward, allow him to stretch out and carry you, while you realx your back.
Let yourself just wrap your legs around his barrel, ride ride ride with your pelvis. You and this horse have GREAT potential to show off even more!
Also, exhale and just steady your core while over the jump, will help keep weight focus in your legs where it needs to be!

Great job Hope I can help!
    11-25-2012, 11:50 PM
You look really good for jumping a horse new to jumping :)
    11-28-2012, 10:10 PM
I'll just comment on the flat pictures. This horse looks like he has plenty of forward. Now he needs it harnessed at the front end. Right now, on the loose contact, all the energy is going right out the front door. Try raising your hands a hair, take up a little more contact, and use a zillion transitions to get him working from behind. Nice large flowing circles will start getting him thinking about stretching into the contact.
    07-19-2013, 11:27 PM
Here are some updated pics not sure if they are any good but why not.


And 2'6 at a horse show.
    07-19-2013, 11:37 PM
In these you are laying on his neck, come up a bit more. As for keeping your toes in, stand on the ground, in a natural, comfy way. Now look at you feet, are your toes pointed out, straight or in? If you are built so that your toes are naturally out, don't force yourself to do something unatural. So people(like me) just naturally point their toes out, now that's not to say it can be worked on, but don't force yourself, I physically CAN NOT hold my toes in so far. Your horse is super cute, keep up the good work!
    07-22-2013, 05:15 AM
I agree about laying on his neck. Try not to jump a fence that is bigger than the fence your horse is jumping. In other words, keep you chest up a little more. Also, it is hard to tell from these angles, but it looks like you are over jumping a little, causing your leg to slip back. All of these things are related, and once you fix not jumping forward out of your saddle, your leg support should be easier to obtain and it will be easier to keep your chest up off of his neck.

Comparing the old and new pictures, it looks like your horse's front legs have gotten more tidy. I like the second new picture.

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