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post #11 of 16 Old 11-19-2013, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by xJumperx View Post
I would maybe suggest doing some tiny crossrails and more groundwork to keep her calm over the jumps before you start working on your form.
Agreed. It's too easy to rush a horse that is a wiling jumper. You owe it to your mare to take it slow and let her master small verticals, tarps (water) and small cross rails to give her confidence. Horses that develop confidence in their job can become fearless, and then, the horse makes YOU look great.
I also see you holding her mouth, but, she must be a good horse because I've tried to jump horses that didn't want to, and I don't see that here. She has a good attitude.

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Here's from a couple nights ago. Not sure if you'll be able to give a good critique of it since it blurs. No one was there to take a video of me so I had to settle for sitting the camera on a jump standard

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This is only from what I can see, so please take it with a grain of salt. This is critiquing the new video, posted on this page.

I can tell she is a LOT of horse!! She just seems like a really springy little thing. I'm sure she's a blast to ride!! I love riding hotheads. So fun.
That said, I feel like she's rushing a little bit. She seems to come in strong and demand that she really powers through those jumps. While the jumps are low you can get away with it, but when the jumps get higher you'll have something to worry about. Lots of circles before, between, and after the jumps really help with this!!
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Thanks so much! She definitely is a lot of horse - my trainer says the exact same thing. She's a lot of fun to ride but does have her moments since she's young and pretty green still. I just enjoy the fact that I don't need to constantly keep my leg on her haha

I'll definitely work on it with her and do more circles around the jumps, thanks!!

Also, here's another video from a little fun show we did. I did a lot wrong, I realize. I let her charge (even if it was a slow canter, I shouldn't have let her go from a trot to canter before the jumps), I need to release more, and I should have made her take four strides instead of three in that line.

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post #15 of 16 Old 11-30-2013, 11:51 PM
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I would shorten your stirrup a hole or two. You need to solidify your leg, don't let it slide back. Have your calf lightly on his side, but have a relaxed thigh and knee. No knee pinching! You are also jumping ahead of your horse - don't "help" him jump. Tipping your body forward will not help your horse jump- just hinder his ability to balance and jump correctly.

I recommend doing some jumping without stirrups.
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-01-2013, 11:19 AM
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I'm still seeing a horse that's moving and jumping very 'flat' because he isn't really engaging his hindquarters. He's lacking the contained and controlled energy that he would get from being able to do that.
He'd benefit from more collected work on the flat and a lot of grid work
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