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post #1 of 15 Old 07-29-2008, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Kai and I jumping 28th July 2008


A little background for you first... I have been overseas for 3 months and Kai has only been used as a trail pony for my mum during that time. We have a few jumping comps coming up so we just started today to get back into work. I would love any comments on Kai and I. I don't have alot of equipment to use at home so I have to make do and yes, my jumps are very unprofessional but it works...



75cm, he came in fast and I managed to stay with him for the "up" part but still managed to get left behind

And quite possibly the worst angle ever haha

Thank you in advance for your time and comments!

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-29-2008, 01:21 AM
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Jaimie! Wow, so many UHBers here!

You guys look amazing, as usual. Seriously, your eq is near perfections and your pony is so cute and tight with his knees. Do you post up to critique here just to make us feel bad about ourselves?

The only thing I could suggest is that you may want to start trying an auto. You are certainly ready and it seems that sometimes he gets to fast, and this could give you more control.

Keep up the amazing work and give a hug to that pony for me.
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I think maybe in the pics where I came up ok but got left behind where due to my hands being too high so yeah, I should have used an auto release there. Any tips on remembering to do one as I approach the jump??? I always just do whatever happens haha, I try not to think too much.

Anything obvious with Kai from these pics that we can work on??? He hasn't jumped for months! Any suggestions for slowing down exercises?

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post #4 of 15 Old 07-29-2008, 10:14 AM
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put trot polls in front of the jumps and one or two after the jump or you can put a little cavaletti before the jump. i had a pony that would rush to the fences and that's what we would do.

hope that helps!

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post #5 of 15 Old 07-29-2008, 12:27 PM
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Jamieee. Picture perfect EQ there. I think grids, gymnastics, and bounces would be helpful to stay sharp. You two look great.

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post #6 of 15 Old 07-29-2008, 12:49 PM
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You are quite a stylish rider. Very classic, no frills or trendy posing, very workmanlike and correct. You have the perfect figure for riding - long legs that can really wrap around your horses barrel.

A couple tips to make your position even more supple.

Repostion your iron. Your stirrups are a great length and your irons are where they should be on the ball of you foot, but repostion your iron so that the outside branch leads the inside brach. The iron will now lay diagonally across your foot rather than straight across.

With your irons adjusted in this manner, your ankle will be more supple, and your heels will remain down and relaxed. This will help prevent your toes from sticking out and will keep your entire leg more elastic.

Your release is nice for a beginner to intermediate rider, but you have a strong enough postition to begin using an auto release. This will give your cute ony freedom to use his head and back even more and will keep you in control in the air and on landing.

An auto release separates the men from the boys.

Practice the auto by beginning in a two point position at a standstill. While in two point, spread your hands apart as far as you can while still keeping them level with your waist. Its easier said than done. If your position is the least bit weak or wobbly, you'll fall out of two point. When you can hold your two point with your hands spread wide, move up into the next gait until you can successfully canter round the ring in this manner. Once you are comfy in the flat, jump a small grid in this manner.

This wide hand position mimics what you may feel when you begin using an auto release. You cannot use your horses neck for support in an auto, so you are forced to rely on the strength of your base. An auto release will improve your balance and core greatly.

As for your pony...

Tight distances will get him to snap those knees up more, as will nice wide oxers. Right now he seems unchallenged by the small height, so hes just popping over the jumps without being super tight.

Lots of flat wirk will improve his rushing, Get his canter under control, be able to lengthn and shorten his stride on caommand the minute you ask it. If you can control his canter on the flat, you can control it over fences.

Lots of walk trot transitions help with jumping. They get a horse stepping under himself and carrying a much more collected canter.

If he still rushes the fence, then trot more jumps. All of the jumps in the pics you could jump form a trot. This way, the hrose is forced to wait, wait, wait, and you have more control ovre his speed than at the canter. Lots of half halts right before the fence.

If he is a spooky guy, I would introduce trot poles before and after the jump carefully. But if he is a solid citizen who isn't easily fazed, then I would right away put a few trot poles in front of a jump and a few closely set canter poles after. Teach him that after the jump he must collect himself and prepare for the next fence.

Good luck!!
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post #7 of 15 Old 07-29-2008, 01:11 PM
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You guys look good! ;) I think you should place your lower leg back a bit more *push through your knee*.

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post #8 of 15 Old 07-29-2008, 03:56 PM
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The only thing that I have a suggestion on. Is your jumps, I use the same type of set up...

I would just suggest moving the poles more toward the end of the barrel so that if one gets knocked that if falls of instead of potentially rolling into your way. I have had that happen before luckily my horse just tripped instead of actually falling but It was a lesson learned.

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post #9 of 15 Old 07-29-2008, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Just Jump It, thank you soooooo much! That was really helpful, not having an instructor at the moment I really need someone to to remind me and nag to move on up in the world. And I totally agree with the Auto releases, I was working on those at the beginning of the year when Kai and I were training 1m+.

ArticMyst, thanks for pointing out the position of the pole for me, you are so very right, I should not have a pole that can roll under us like that! Eeep, I will go make some new arrangements this morning. Not having access to standards can be so annoying but I just have to make do and safety is a big issue for me, thanks so much for pointing that out!

Thanks to everyone who commented! Very much appreciated!

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He's really adorable, you guys look good & I think everyone pretty much covered it. I'm in love with your pony; you should do some hunters with him!
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