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    09-14-2011, 08:59 PM
New to jumping, would love a critique!

Going out on a limb here. Always said "I will never jump" and well, here we are. Training with a wonderful eventing coach. Recently did a baby novice CT over crossrails at the trot and did great! Have now started cantering some jumps. Today was my first attempt at cantering a course some of the way. Would love any thoughts on me, my saint of a horse who seems to like this a whole lot better than dressage :) I know I need to sit up more. He tripped on jump 2 as he jumped too close...and I know he needs more "go" but for now, he is being SO attentive to every aid, and he was probably not sure at times if we were going to trot or canter. You also can't tell but there are some crooked lines (the jumps along the far rail were mostly crooked...cutting between jumps.) He was a saint about those and followed my aids to a "T". I know my leg gets a bit weak toward the end although it is tough to see since I am wearing black breeches AND black chaps. Will change that up next time we video so I can see my leg position better.....and he is on the wrong lead for the last jump.

This was his 2nd run on this course today BTW at the end of our lesson. He is so so steady-eddy which is what I love about him. He is great to learn on. Know we need to collect more and get more impulsion, but would love other thoughts. I still reach for mane a bit but I am getting more confident now and probably won't need to do that much longer.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Hope to try some H/J shows soon. VIDEO BELOW - Thanks

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    09-14-2011, 09:38 PM
You look like you're off to a great start. Your trainer is definitely building a nice safe foundation for you. Glad they "never" part of jumping backfired for you!
    09-14-2011, 10:15 PM
Super Moderator
HAHA!! Never say never!

You are making a great start. I especially like the WHOOP at the end. You did very well. If I were to offer any suggestions, I would say you are grabbing a bit with your knees. As a result, your lower leg is pivoting on the knee and swinging back and forth, especially at the canter. When the leg goes back, it unbalances the upper body allowing it to topple forward.

Let go with the knee and wrap those legs around the horse. Keep more contact with the inside of your lower leg. This will help steady it and keep it in place at the girth.

This is the MOST common thing jumping riders do. Heck, I even do it now and then. Don't believe me? Check my photos. They don't lie..LOL!!
    09-14-2011, 10:54 PM
Green Broke
Awesome-sauce! You're doing really good from what I can see!

I just have to point out that it seems your lower leg keeps swinging back, as Allison Finch noted.
    09-14-2011, 11:25 PM
Thank you for posting, enjoyed the vid. You just pushed me over that final inch to the edge, next year I will start jumping again, a little. Bit.
    09-15-2011, 02:30 AM
Green Broke
Wow,you did great! I loved watching this video.Very fun to watch. Jumping is fun,huh!? Your boy seems to really enjoy it.
    09-15-2011, 02:14 PM
Your horse is adorable! He seems like the perfect horse to learn on :)
    09-16-2011, 08:21 PM
You have a good idea of what you need to work on. And the rest Allison already brought up. That would be your major flaw. The thing to remember is jumping is 90% flat work... so between the fences remember your flat work. Chest/hands/Eyes up, legs anchoring down around the horse and keep a nice steady pace. This saint of a horse will show you the rest. Love the celebration at the end!
    09-17-2011, 09:59 AM
Wow thank you so much everyone! Great advice. Allison, agree - definitely pinching with my knee. I paid attention to it during flatwork yesterday, and really worked on "unpinching" and keeping my leg down and wrapped around my horse. Did alot of work in 2-point.

He is a saint, really! If he could turn around and say to me, "You want me to go here next, right?" he would. I can feel him "thinking", planning and waiting for instruction from me. It's an amazing feeling. We don't get it during dressage (yet) but put some jumps in front of him and he remembers his old job and becomes much more attentive to my aids. (He was allegedly a H/J lesson horse for beginners/intermediate).

Thank you all - so helpful!
    09-17-2011, 01:11 PM
Ahh, I see a nice hunter coming along in both of you, nice steady canter, nice movement over the jumps.

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