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post #1 of 9 Old 06-30-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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New Critique of Me and Enzo

Awhile back, I asked for a critique on my riding as far as my jumping. I posted some pictures and got some great feedback. This video is from my jumping lesson a week ago. It was a pretty good lesson (as far as Enzo - he was so perfect) and we were able to work on my riding. It was swelteringly hot and so you can see we both got a little lazy at times Here's what I notice I do wrong - jump ahead sometimes, need to work on my release still, tiny roach in my back at some points, noticed I need to turn off my legs and seat more than I do... probably lots more.

Anyway, here is the video. At the end there are still shots for you to look at. Feel free to search through my youtube channel as well (this video is on my youtube channel) to see how far we've come so far.

And for a little Enzo update, for any of you that read about his little ground manners problem, he has gotten so much better! I've had a little bit of help, but most of it has just be repitition and sharp sounds/body language. It's remarkable how much better he's gotten after just a few days of work.

But on a sad note, he's had a bit of hoof troubles. He's been throwing shoes left and right lately, so we've trying to figure out what to do. A new farrier came out to look and has an idea that might help. But unfortunately, he thinks that Enzo has probably foundered at some point in his life (before I got him)

And I would love to get a critique of my dressage riding too! I have a lesson tomorrow and will try to get some current footage of my dressage, which I will then post on this thread.

Thanks in advanced!
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Oh... well that's embarassing... but I bought it on iTunes... hm... well let me figure that out
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Alright this should work now. Just took the audio off. Sorry about that.

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hmm, to my VERY very novice eye.... he looks like he wants you out of his mouth a bit more, so maybe give him some more release instead of steady pull. That could be the cause of the head tossing. Also, im curious if he has a tendency to rush jumps? i like you half seat a lot(: definitely see the occasional roach in your back.

like your pony, keep it up!
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i don't particularly see a horse that is rushing the fence. I do however see a rider with an untrained eye that is pushing her horse to the base, and then trying to take it back one or two strides out. I also see very unbalanced corners and a bit too much motorcycling around.

I love this:
Never Miss Another Distance! from Practical Horseman | EquiSearch

When i feel like i can't get my eye on, and my horse is flailing around on course. I read this article again, and my next lessons tends to go much better.
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Thank you, princecharming! My instructor is always getting on me about my hands and my release so I will be sure to work on that.

Haha I'm glad you caught that, Oxer. The unbalanced corners/motorcycling around comes mostly from 1. hot weather = lazy rider (unfortunately), 2. excited green horse, 3. wrong lead in some corners. Anyway, I noticed that too and (although we are usually quite better) I will work on that (and on not being lazy in hot weather).

But I'm glad you saw the distance thing. In December, I was riding this naughty pony before I got Enzo. Long story short, we took a nasty fall which neither one of us could have prevented. Since then, I've lost my ability to see distances. My instructor says it's caused me to WAY over ride and generally ride in a confusing/incorrect manner. I've been trying my best to fix it, but it doesn't seem like something that will be fixed over night. I'm very grateful for the article.

Thank you both for taking the time to watch the video and to comment!
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I know quite a bit about the troubles you're having. My pony does not have his leads. So when i ask for the change he tries to run through my request/aid. This results is him literally grabbing hold of the bit and refusing to balance and come back to me. My trainer has since told me to not allow him to make it my problem. Instead, it's his problem, and he's gotta figure it out. I tend to stack my aids when i get in a panic, or when i feel like he's not being perfect. Grab his mouth, squeeze my legs, try to over compensate, get deeper in the saddle, use my voice, annnnnnnnnnd OVERLOAD! hahaha!
Now-a-days i try to just ride a bit more balanced, and a bit more quite. When it's hot and we're both tired, i just ask for a simple change. When i feel like asking for the flying change, then i make sure i'm not allowing him to anticipate the change with my body. I wait until he's nice and balanced after the jump and i gently ask. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But i like it much more than him running away from my aids and taking me for a drag.

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It looks like you are not really releasing, you are just throwing your upperbody forward. I have this problem too and what I am trying to do is keep my upperbody still, and just move my hands forward into a crest release. Your horse looks like a great jumper, and he really seems to enjoy it!

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