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    11-03-2012, 11:07 PM
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Hello :) Critique what you can!! I'm sorry, the video isn't super high quality. Dad took it on his Droid - the camera was dead as a doornail :p
The jumps range from 2' to 3'. This is only the second lesson I've gotten to 3 ft. I'm excited though ^.^ The blue and green jump at the end of the big line is 3', as is an oxer that is hidden in that line. But anyways, we have been doing lots of gymnastic work lately, which is really fun for me!! I love it! Cowboy has been improving too - or so I think. I'm looking for any and all critique :) Flatwork, jumping, 2-point, everything! Thank you!!

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    11-03-2012, 11:27 PM
Looks good from what I can see. Your horse needs to have more impulsion coming into the lines though. He's making you do more work than you need.
    11-04-2012, 12:39 AM
That looks fun. Could use a smidge more impulsion, but he's dead straight and going well, so not much wrong with that.
    11-04-2012, 09:29 AM
Canterklutz - Thank you very much for your input :) My trainer has been telling me to let him move out a little more - he doesn't feel like he's going that slow! But I will definitely be working on letting him get along :)

MyBoyPuck - To start, let me tell you that when I saw that you replied, I did a little happy dance. I just love all the input you put on every thread. You're awesome :) Also, thank you for your comment as well. I am having another lesson today, and I will encourage more forward motion.
    11-04-2012, 06:33 PM
Ooooh I hate trot in grid work.
I personally like to keep a nice collected trot on the approach to the first fence. I can't have him all strung out. So what I tend to do is carry a little crop. My horse is the kind of horse that if I tap him with it in any facet, he usually gets pretty offended. So after the first fence, upon landing, I will just tap him on the shoulder real easy just to get him to give it a little more gas.
We did one last week that was 5 bounces in a row and the last fence coming out was a one stride 3'9" oxer. He was able to power over it because we managed to carry enough impulsion through the grid in it's entirety.
I like your pony. He's quite nice. Have you shown at all?
    11-04-2012, 07:42 PM
I think you two look really nice together. I agree, more impulsion into the fences. Also, you look stable enough to transition away from a short crest release and start working on a following or automatic release. But ask your instructor on that one!
    11-04-2012, 08:19 PM
Oxer - Thank you for posting :) We have shown, but not very much. We've only gone to a schooling show and two rated shows. We cleaned up at the schooling shows and one of the rated shows, we had a horrid judge for the other. There were some courses she didn't even watch ... But that's a different topic ... We are going to another this coming weeked.

Karlie - Thanks! And my trainer is actually building me up now, to get there. She is working my legs hard this week, and has given me the old thumbtack-on-the-saddle excersize for homework .. oh joy :p So I'm hoping I'll be getting there soon!
    11-06-2012, 03:33 PM
Anyone else?? Looking to improve :)
    11-09-2012, 10:10 AM
You look very nice. My biggest complaint would probably be your lower leg - make sure it stays under you, O/F and between. Your horse could move a little more out, but in a schooling setting that's not critical for safety issues, especially if you're not comfortable jumping at that height with more speed. Other than that, no major issues, I think you're jumping an appropriate height for your skill level, and once your leg gets more solid, you'll likely feel confident going faster and jumping higher. Your guy is super cute, and the barn you're riding at is gorgeous. Good work!
    11-12-2012, 08:14 PM
Thank you very much for your wonderful critique!! :) We have been working on my leg sticking where it should be - I had the terrible habit of turning my toes out, so we drilled that in first. Now that that's down, we are just working on keeping my heels down and my legs forward.

Thank you for the compliment on my trainer's barn!! She loves it, as do I :p

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