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post #1 of 21 Old 01-24-2010, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping and Riding critique

i was hoping i could get some constructive criticism on my riding.. i have been riding for about five years. I rode english for about a year and turned western. i want to come back into the english world.. i have had one jumping lesson and that was about four years ago.. my friend and i was practicing jumping.. yes, i realize i absolutely have horrible two-point and form and a ton of other issues.. please critique and point out all the errors or problems you se.. My horse also is not a jumper but about two years ago we figured out that he can actually jump high(he jumped a lil pony with a rider on the pony's back. that was not on purpose but it is a long story so i wont go into details) anyways i know my horse can jump.. i just have never jumped him before..

please tell me anything i need to fix..which im sure is alot..lol.

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post #2 of 21 Old 01-24-2010, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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theres more coming so hold off before post please :]

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ok now yall can post :] thanks again!
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-24-2010, 12:58 PM
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sooo, honestly your position is terrible, the first thing I noticed is that your heels arent down and your leg is too far back.. it should be lined up with your girth. Alot of the pictures your either "behind" in the jump or your pirched too far up, meaning you really dont have a good grasp on the whole two point concept, your all over the place. As well you look to be very hunched over. out of a scale of one to ten Id give you a three. Any horse can jump, but there are those who you'll find are natural jumpers, they will tuck their legs up very neatly when going over, fairly collected, instead of flailing all over the place like your horse is doing.
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i would suggest taking a step back & practicing a lot of 2pt on the flat or over ground poles. also practicing your 2pt along with a release on the flat, so hold your 2pt & practice moving your hands up his neck, & holding for a moment, & then back to their regular position.

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ok, thank you both for your help! :]

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post #7 of 21 Old 01-24-2010, 06:14 PM
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I don't really agree with what brighteyes said about your horse. A lot of horses won't really try that hard over a small jump, and will tuck up a lot neater when going over higher jumps.
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I agree with gypsygirl- work on your two-point position on the flat, really concentrating on sinking your weight down into your heels. Also, make sure that the stirrup irons are on the balls of your feet. It looks like you could also go a half or full hole down with your stirrups in the flat pictures, but if it's comfortable for you, then I guess it's fine :). I just like longer stirrups better for some reason haha. Have you done trot poles before? They can really help with your balance and centering yourself over the saddle. Good job looking up in most of the pictures!

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I think Brighteyes is a bit too hash.....

I think, as a beginner, you are doing a good job of avoiding hurting your horse. While you are not keeping contact over the jumps, you are wisely giving more than you will later give as you gain experience. The worst thing you could do is "snatch" your horse over the jump. You are doing a good job, there. That release will keep you from hurting your horse while you gain your jumping balance. Good job.

You do need to use time in the half seat learning to stretch your heels down. I don't know your horse. You may need to use a lot of leg getting him over the little jump. If not, you may be grasping with the back of your calf. Try turning your toes more forward and turn them out just to use your heels to urge him forward. Then turn your toes back forward.

As you start keeping your heels down, the stirrups will not creep back on your foot when they are down. They will stay on the balls of your foot, where they belong. If the stirrups creep back, it will make it impossible to get those darn heels down.

Keep at it. I have seen far worse on very experienced "seasoned" riders.

And yes. as said above, most horses will not use themselves well over smaller jumps. They have no reason to. I wouldn't worry about "poor form" until the horse really has to use themselves ( around 3-3'3" at least).

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I agree with Allison Finch. :)

And Brighteyes, that was very rude and harsh!
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