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post #1 of 13 Old 11-07-2007, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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My jumping position

This is a picture of me jumping my oldenburg mare this last summer. We're doing cross country. I know that my leg is a little far forward, but my excuse is that it's because we're doing cross country! :XD Critique please!

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-07-2007, 01:42 AM
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all in all i would say you dont look too bad :)

i cant see your toes but from what i can see it looks as though they may be out a little. no biggy though :)

only other thing i could mention is giving with your hands a tad more but the jump isnt that big so once again, no biggy.

oh, i almost forgot. maybe bring your elbows in a little.

other than those things which arent much anyways, you look good and so does your horse :)

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-07-2007, 08:16 PM
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I was always taught that on the flat you want your toe to be forward, and over jumps if you rotate your lower leg to grip more with your inner calves, its okay.. (so if your toes are out a little bit, no more than 45 degrees, its okay) Anyone else learn that way?
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-07-2007, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Me thoughts is that it's better to have your toes out and be gripping with your calf than having your toe forward and pinching with your knee. I read in a George Morrison article once that when going over jumps, your toes should point the same way that they do when you're standing on the ground. As for me, I'm toed out, not THAT toed out, but certainly not straight.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-11-2007, 07:57 PM
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I read that too. I know when your jumping, your legs should be underneath you so that if your horse were to dissapear from underneath you, that you would land balanced and on your feet.

I think everyone else covered it.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-11-2007, 09:52 PM
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I think you look great!
Your legs are a little forward; but I thought on xc they were supposed to be? Your release is good, and your eyes are up and your back is straight.
I was always taught that your toes should be out a little when you are jumping to keep your leg (calf) on your horse.
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-16-2007, 05:33 PM
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I think you look pretty good over the jump :)
Try bringing in your elbows a bit more, and releasing a tad more over the jump itself. and maybe raise your hands a little bit, it looks as if you are resting your have on your horses neck, which will cause pulling over the jump.
Other than that you two look great
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-03-2008, 07:27 PM
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I'd just say to release more over the jump to be kinder to your horses mouth. Other than that, since your doing cross country and don't have to look really proper and good, you look great! How long have you been riding?

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-04-2008, 12:44 PM
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I don't see anything wrong with it and I envy you for being able to keep your lower leg forward. I have the hardest time keeping it from sliding back.
I read somewhere that you are supposed to have the outer branch of the stirrup iron under your pinky toe and the inner part going across the ball of your foot.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-05-2008, 07:43 PM
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Good position. Pretty much flawless! Just remember to keep your legs forward! (but that's the was they are supposed to be in xc!)


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