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    01-08-2014, 04:52 PM
  #1
Foal
Jumping and Riding Critiques, please :)

Hi all! I have been reading posts on this forum for a long time looking for ways to improve my riding and other random things, but just recently found the critique section. So I would love some input!

I have been riding western for about 10 years I'd say, and just recently started riding english because I have always wanted to try jumping :). I took a few jumping lessons about 6 months ago but then started grad school and can't afford them at the moment. I want to keep practicing and improving on what my instructor taught me but am also worried that I am developing bad habits. So any input on things I should work on (any exercises to help with these would be great! But I am proficient with search and will find some if not :) ) or keep the same would be so so appreciated!

I put some clips together from the past few weeks. I know we're not perfect! We get excited and forget how to pick up leads from time to time, but my mare seems to love jumping just as much as me haha. And yes, my inside leg swings like crazy, it is very annoying to watch and for that I apologize. Riding w/o stirrups seems to be helping a little.

This is a long video, but around 4:15 we start jumping slightly bigger jumps with the camera at the side, so hopefully you can see my position better.

Here are some little bounces

And a wide jump

Thank you so much!
     
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    01-08-2014, 07:00 PM
  #2
Started
For no instructor I would say you are doing good! :) Some things I personally see is you are all over the saddle, due to a unsteady leg. Work stirrupless as much as humanly possible, it will help tons. Also raise your stirrups a hole or so. Heels down and make sure you arent gripping with your knees, as that will destroy your base support completely and allow your leg to swing all over. Another thing, sometimes you get into a slight chair seat, to help with that, again, make sure you arent gripping using your knees. Straight line from hip to heel.

You lock your hands on his withers, and they tend to get too close together. Thumbs always up. Raise your hands just slightly, and widen them just slightly. Keep your elbows in, and at your side. Move with your horses mouth. There should be a straight line from bit to elbow, and that line gets broken ocasionally when you don't move with his head, like such

You have to move your hands up when his head goes up, and down when his head goes down, keeping the straight line consistent.

As for the jumping, you want to fold, instead of lean. And you don't want to brace yourself on his neck. Keeping your elbows in, hands slightly higher and wider and moving more with his mouth with help you not brace with your hands on the jump. Bend with your hips. Heels down, don't grip with your knee, and bend at the hip while barely moving your hands up his crest as he jumps.

These are just some things I see... But looking good :)
     
    01-08-2014, 07:12 PM
  #3
Foal
You seem to stand up in your stirrups when you get to the jump instead you want to fold down over the jump and bend at your waist. I also noticed that your stirrups seem really long I think you should put them up a couple wholes and this will help you keep better form and balance while jumping.

You also need to work on your release over the fence because you are holding your hands in the same place on the horses neck while going over each fence. Instead you should let your arms move with his head instead of keeping your hands and arms really stiff.

Your legs swing a lot while riding and to help this the no stirrup work will definitely benefit you. Another thing is that you are sitting really far back on your butt and that will cause your leg to swing really far forward. Try to maintain a lighter seat and a more forward position. To learn this try going around the ring at a trot while doing your two point this will help you learn to maintain better balance over the fences.
Hope this helps! :)
     
    01-09-2014, 01:36 PM
  #4
Foal
Thank you for your advice! I made myself a list and will try to work on all of those things! I think I will start with no stirrups to build a better base and then start working on everything else.

Thanks!
     
    01-24-2014, 04:02 PM
  #5
Foal
Question

So I have been working a lot on keeping myself more forward and light by doing lots of two pointing, standing straight up in my stirrups (which I still can't do longer than one step at a time, but I'm working on it!), posting at the trot up two and down one (LOVE this), riding without stirrups, and then riding w/o stirrups keeping a glove in between my calf and the saddle/horse.

After all of that, especially the glove exercise, I want to know if I should just be touching the horse with my calf or actually gripping? I find that my two pointing improves a lot when I grip with my calves, but at the same time I am afraid of making my horse's sides dead to my aids. Is it only in jumping that you grip with your calves, or should all riders have a tight lower leg? I feel like when I read about jumping they say squeeze and then when I read about dressage they say your lower leg needs to be free and loose. I'm so lost!

Any insight would be much appreciated!!
     
    01-24-2014, 07:53 PM
  #6
Yearling
Sorry, I'm on my phone and it messed up. Posted to the wrong thread!
     
    01-24-2014, 08:54 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by Cocofras    
After all of that, especially the glove exercise, I want to know if I should just be touching the horse with my calf or actually gripping? I find that my two pointing improves a lot when I grip with my calves, but at the same time I am afraid of making my horse's sides dead to my aids. Is it only in jumping that you grip with your calves, or should all riders have a tight lower leg? I feel like when I read about jumping they say squeeze and then when I read about dressage they say your lower leg needs to be free and loose. I'm so lost!

Any insight would be much appreciated!!
Dressage is different. Grip away! There's a difference between constantly nagging your horse with your legs making him tune out, and having your leg "on" to keep him tuned in and you secure. Think positive friction more than gripping. Somewhere between touching the sides and can you see the baby's head yet. Just play with it a bit until you find the sweet spot.
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    02-03-2014, 09:28 PM
  #8
Foal
You look good! All I can see is your lower leg swings too much. As listed above, try going stirrup less and bareback if possible. And also as stated above move you arms with the movement of the horses head at a canter, instead of restricting him from moving his head in his natural up-down motion. I can relate to moving from western loose rein to English tighter reins, western you don't have to move hands, English, you do! :) hope I helped! You horse has a good canter too!

good work!
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    02-03-2014, 10:11 PM
  #9
Showing
Your lower leg needs to become a lot more so,I'd. It shouldn't have any swing to it. This is coming from you being too tense through your pelvis, which has caused you to bounce in the saddle and not carry the right tension in your legs. You want contact between your calf and the horse's side always. Not cuing, but supporting. Drop your weight into the backs of your calves. Your iron is also slid too far "home" - you want it to be on the ball of your foot. Shorten your leathers a few holes and work exclusively on your legs and two point - you can't perfect everything at once. Your legs are right now your biggest fault, followed by your hands - pick them up and forwards. Take a foot out of your reins. Learn how to follow your horse with your elbow - that's going to be jelly and flowing.

Also, on a safety note, never jump cavaletti set up in a "long jump" - that's incredibly dangerous. What if you get a bad distance? Your horse is going to land in a heap of poles that are pretty solid. Yuck. I couldn't watch that video.
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    02-03-2014, 10:18 PM
  #10
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I , too, was worried about those cavaletti, imagining the horse landing in the middle of them.
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