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post #1 of 12 Old 03-25-2009, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Last jumping before show this weekend, any last minute pointers?

25th March 2009

Had a great ride on Kai today and just missed the massive storm. So we warmed up lightly then got stuck into jumping. I wanted to see how he would go doing a course with 1.05m jumps in it and he was fab! So confident and forward, I think we will be fine on Sunday in the 85cm and 95cm classes.

So we started with the little figure eight exercise but I think he knows it too well now and got his leads straight away. Then we went through the triple...

Then over the 1.05m oxer that is hiding in the bushes there...

Then popped the last element of the triple up to 1.05m and took the middle one out, so x rail, stride, 1.05m vertical which I rode him quite deep through to keep his confidence and he popped right over no issues...


Then again

Much more confident

Then we ran the rest of the jumps like a little course (the camera was struggling with the dark clouds, low light) but look at those pony knees! I think the x-rails have helped...
75cm

70cm

Look at his cute widdle face, awww, 75cm

Canter away!

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-25-2009, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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Then he LAUNCHED himself over the 1.05m when our stride was out, glad he didn't chip in... so up

And over

One more time through the one stride and then straight into the oxer (which is hiding behind the bushes!)


I think I try too hard sometimes haha

Then dad said there was a storm coming so we cooled out

And it started to rain as soon as I got the saddle off.

Overall a great ride, we will flat on Friday then show on Sunday! I think we are actually ready So I know it wasn't our best ride today, it was rather windy and thunder was cracking over our heads :S but any last minute pointers for our show this weekend greatly appreciated! It is jumpers AM7, so ride a clear round, then into the timed jump off. We usually don't have much problem with the speed part haha.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-25-2009, 08:49 AM
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Ah ignore me asking on the other thread if you show. You both look great! Will you get pictures at the show? If so, can't wait to see. I'm sure you'll place well!

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-25-2009, 09:20 AM
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You ride well, I think you will be fine.
The only thing I have to say is in the second element of the double, Id put the horizontal pole behind the cross poles. If he were to hit it it will fall more freely.
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I have to say - that you are a fabulous example of correct, solid, centered riding over fences.

I encourage others to really studdy your position and strive to work towards it.

Your seat is centered and solid. Your lower leg is solid *although I would like to see a more anchored heel* with your seat low to your tack and centered. Your upper body does not collapse over your horses neck - and just fabulous all together!

You did a wonderful job training and solidifying yourself and your form over fences.

Bravo, job well done!
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-25-2009, 03:31 PM
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You are such a strong rider you will do SO well if everything goes to plan!!!

and I LOVE your saddle cloth!!! Such a nice colour!!!
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-26-2009, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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You ride well, I think you will be fine.
The only thing I have to say is in the second element of the double, Id put the horizontal pole behind the cross poles. If he were to hit it it will fall more freely.
Thanks, I saw that in the pics, not sure what I was thinking when I set it up, but I am all for safety!

Thank you everyone! I am feeling pretty calm now but I know I will be a bundle of nerves as usual on Sunday morning. Now lets pray no more rain before the show!
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You have VERY VERY good form when you go over fences:)

Release, release, release!
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-26-2009, 11:44 AM
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Very very nice. Your back looks 110% better!!

Morganshow, she is doing an auto release :)


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post #10 of 12 Old 03-26-2009, 11:54 PM
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Perfect!

Your pictures always make me want to saddle up Athena, and jump a few fences. lol You just make it look so easy!
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