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post #1 of 60 Old 01-07-2010, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Talking jumping and riding critique.

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please no critiquing the horse just me:)

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post #2 of 60 Old 01-07-2010, 06:18 PM
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Just a quick reply here, but don't arch your back. It needs to be flat and supple. You are forcing it into a position that is unnatural and will interfere with your natural feel of the horse.

For your position over fences, let the horse jump to you, not you jumping for the horse. You are ahead of the motion some, and when you go up to the higher fence you are rotating and pinching on your knee, letting your lower leg go back. (I can also see this at the two-point on the flat). Think about stepping down into your stirrup as you are coming to the jump and keeping your calves on the horse's barrel. You have a beautiful long leg that will be able to wrap around your horse nicely, so keep working on learning how to use it properly

Your arms are coming up the crest nicely for a release, but for some reason there is still no release of the horses mouth. I would have to see you just before the fence, but I think your reins are too short while jumpin (at the trot on the flat, I would say you need more contact).

Over the larger fence, you are ducking down and to the right. Stay centered, and look straight ahead.

I know you said don't critique the horse, but I wanted to mention that i really like him. He is a nice tight jumper with his form. I'm also happy to see a trainer working you on gymnastics - that will help you and your horse out tremendously in the long run.
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post #3 of 60 Old 01-07-2010, 06:30 PM
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^ what she said! lol and just relax!it looks like you have a good natural position but you are working to hard. stay relaxed and just 'feel' your position over the jump... then i think you will only have a fewlittlechanges to make! i love your horse! im a sucker for bays XD

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post #4 of 60 Old 01-07-2010, 07:22 PM
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sandsartia said everything correct...I agree your hand are in the release position but there is no release. You should give your horse more rein. Btw i love the 2nd picture you look so happy!

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post #6 of 60 Old 01-07-2010, 10:46 PM
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Yeah I agree you could relax a little and not arch so much it looks unatural. When you jump you start to pinch with your knee a little too. Sit taller and your pretty much going ahead of his motion.

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post #7 of 60 Old 01-10-2010, 01:51 AM
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DONT PERCH UR BACK. U LOOK LIKE UR TRYING TO B A DINASOUR. ( i soelled that wrong) Get your knee and thigh away. Also have a better connection with the bit. In the first picture your jamming ur heels down.

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do you take lessons???? PM me the answer

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Like others said your back is arched. Try this: suck in your stomach, while picturing a board behind your back. Also, pretend that there is someone pulling you toward the sky from the top of your head while at the same time someone is pulling you towards the ground by your feet. Stretch! :)
I like how low your hands are.
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post #10 of 60 Old 01-10-2010, 09:29 PM
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LOLWUT! Why would you even put this up? You know you're an AMAZING rider!

I find it so hilarious that almost everyone said, "Don't arch your back." Like, WHAT?! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Have any of you EVER competed in equitation? Like, I'm talking WEF and Hampton Classic, not small rinky dink schooling shows. LOL, the judges LOVE arched backs. Every judge that ever commented on her said they LOVE her back.

And whoever commented on the heel, HAHAHA OMG, yeah her heel is down! Haha, that's a GOOD thing, lol! Heels are SUPPOSED to be down! Silly rabbit. ;D

The ONLY thing I see you doing wrong, missy, is you're jumping up his neck. But these are super old jumping pictures, I don't know why you didn't upload newer ones? Because you've improved alot. But here, you need to stop jumping ahead of him and up his neck. And in the second jumping picture you're leg is like completely off the saddle. Which isn't good. And you're leaning to the side in both jumping pics, but you know all this already because these are OLD PICTURES, please put some new ones up!

And LOL, YES she takes lessons! (Not with me, I just own the horse and take some pictures.) She's with one of the TOP trainers in, like, the state. And this kid has won almost everything THANKS to her arched back and amazing heel. <3

(And thanks for all the compliments on the horse. <3) Everyone was very polite, and thankyou for that, I was just super amused at the arched back comments.

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