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post #1 of 6 Old 02-19-2014, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Smile My first videos to the Critique thread!

Hi All..!

Finally have something I'm not entirely embarrassed about to post here, but that's not to say there isn't room for critique :) The video is me over x-rails. I've been riding about a year and a half, I started off weekly but now do 3x a week. I consider myself an advanced beginner I hope I'm entering the grey area between advanced beginner / intermediate. I feel like I am anyway.. although it's all subjective really!

If you'll allow me, I will present a video I was embarrassed about...

October 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJom185taBg

The arched back and the way my body moved did not make me happy. (but fetal position comes so naturally to me!) Feel free to reference this video but don't be too cruel, as the past is the past! :) I had a fall in late October and mostly worked on Flat for a month or two, getting back into Jumping in 2014.


I was happy to see some improvements in my Feb 2014 video. The horse I was on's vice was to rush the jumps (his owner is a 14 year old girl who lets him race around), so our concentration was on keeping him slow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy932WGkaPg

Another:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okc_5ioi_b4

What do you think I did well, what do you think I should focus on / work on?

Thanks,
Lisa
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-19-2014, 08:04 PM
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I like the first jump in the last video. Your upper body stays put and you just absorb the motion in your hips. Your horse's head shaking after suggest you either did not provide enough of a release or are just not following with your elbows, but you have definitely improved over the first video. Your parts are all lined up and your basics are good.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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there is defininte improvement.

I am not a jumper, so I can not offer specific things to do , really. But, in all of the jumps, to some degree, it looks like you are trying to jump FOR your horse, and not waiting until the horse carries you up and over.
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Honestly, your instructor seems to be teaching you in a safe, controlled manner. Anyone could nit pick the tiny things, sure, but I don't believe that's what you need at the moment. Keep up with the lessons, your instructor for what little I saw seems to have you on the right track. Keep working the basics (steady leg is the biggest thing, it's your base of support) and you'll find that stuff will start to make sense and fall into place.
Not much help, probably - sorry! Good luck!


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Honestly, your instructor seems to be teaching you in a safe, controlled manner. Anyone could nit pick the tiny things, sure, but I don't believe that's what you need at the moment. Keep up with the lessons, your instructor for what little I saw seems to have you on the right track. Keep working the basics (steady leg is the biggest thing, it's your base of support) and you'll find that stuff will start to make sense and fall into place.
Not much help, probably - sorry! Good luck!
nah, I get it! We all want to over think things and figure it all out - but at the end of the day (so long as you have a good trainer to guide you) sometimes it's just "ride more, practice two point/stirrupless" etc.

I love the woman teaching in the video. She always makes me feel "awesome" and like I'm progressing, while at the same time critiquing and giving me feedback so that I can get better.

Re: Horse head shakes, I'm guessing he does that because he wants to run out of the jump and my instructor had me bring him back to the trot after a step or two to keep him from getting 'rushy'. I'm sure I could do it in a more fluid manner though.

Re: jumping for the horse - hopefully that will come in time as I get used to it more. I do get into two point slightly early, mostly because I'm still new at it. When I first started over jumps I used to get up in two point 10 feet out. :)

Thank you all for your feedback!
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Re: Horse head shakes, I'm guessing he does that because he wants to run out of the jump and my instructor had me bring him back to the trot after a step or two to keep him from getting 'rushy'. I'm sure I could do it in a more fluid manner though.


Nope, you're doing fine with it. Better to have the protest of a head shake and still get your point across than let him get away with continuing on cantering. I like you're instructor too. She's not only teaching you how to ride, she's teaching you how to be an active trainer for the horse too.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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