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        06-21-2008, 05:30 PM
    Jumping lesson

    So today, I had another awesome riding lesson. Everything just felt right except for some things that came up, but for the most part, I felt it went really well. I'm really, really trying to wait for the horse's motion to push me up out of the saddle because I have the awful habit of jumping ahead. So if you guys could critique my riding please, that'd be great!

    I'm riding April, a chestnut Hanoverian/QH mare. One of my trainers is also riding with me in case you notice another rider in the photo and she's riding Jake--not sure of his breed.

    Remember, I'm in the orange shirt.


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        06-21-2008, 06:19 PM
    You don't look too bad, but here's some critique:

    You could bring your leg back just a bit. In some of the pictures your toes are pointing outward- remember toes to the nose!
    Don't look down so much.
    In the 4th to last pic you look too far-back in the saddle, lol.
    Make sure your leg is back more.

    Hope I helped!
    But you don't look too bad-btw pretty horse!
        06-22-2008, 10:38 AM
    PoptartShop, thank you for the critique!

    I always thought the saying "toes to your nose" was a way to get your heel down? But I guess that would be a way to get your toes in. Lol

        06-22-2008, 07:12 PM
    Anyone else?
        06-22-2008, 08:28 PM
    Green Broke
    I can't critique because im horrible at it but the horse is beautiful!
        06-22-2008, 10:53 PM
    You look very confident on him and have him working very calmly in the pics. The only think I'd like to say, is that working with him on the flat, it appears as though you are leaning slightly foward and have your arms too straight, they need to be bent a little more at the elbow and not stuck out quite so far in front. I noticed this in pics 2 -4; have a look and see if you can see it. Do you see what I mean? Its really important not to have your arms too straight beause it can put you off balance and when your arms are properly positioned, it gives you more control so you can better influence the horse. That's the only thing I can think of. Keep up the good work!
        06-25-2008, 06:17 AM
    I agree with you leaning forward just a tad too much.
    But elsewhise its looking really good, and your horse is gorgeous =]

    Keep up showjumping, its the best
        06-25-2008, 01:22 PM
    Keep your eyes up! Look at a place straight ahead of you (to eye level) and look there (that's more when you're going over a jump).
    Your lower leg is slipping forward a bit (almost like a chair seat) -- a lot of people do this, even more when they're trying to slow their horse down.
    I'd also like to see you bend your elbows a bit more. You seem a bit stiff...
    But, lovely mare! I love her coloring.

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