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    11-27-2009, 04:07 PM
Jumping Lesson Critique

I started taking jumping lessons not too long ago on a different horse so that I can teach Twende to do it. So far, I really, really like the place I'm jumping at and feel like I'm learning a lot. I've jumped before, but not extensively and I haven't had a lesson in at least three years. I've just been focusing on getting my boy on the flat that I didn't want to mess with jumping. I'm learning when to release and such just by riding this mare, and Twende and I can now canter over jumps without trouble, so it's definitely helping.

This is my last lesson, my fourth at this barn, my second on this mare. She's very, very strong but an awesome jumper, but she isn't mine,s o please don't comment on her, I just want to know what you think about my position...

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    11-27-2009, 05:34 PM
I would say your overall position in good but when your going over the jump your pulling back. You need to release,like you reaching for your horses ears. Maybe 3 in foward would be a good start! Also when your are going around in a canter loosen your elbows. Loosen your shoulders but keep them back! With your elbows imaginea straightl line to the bit hands and elbows!
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    11-28-2009, 05:18 PM
I notice your hands move a lot on the approach to the jump. Try to keep them still and quiet. Over the jumps where you trotted in (especially the 3rd one) you look like you're throwing your upper body forward. Think about staying back and letting the horse's jump put you in position—you can't jump the jump for the horse. XD

Overall I really like your release, and your lower leg is nice and solid- a good base of support.

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