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post #1 of 8 Old 05-20-2010, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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ONE jumping pic to critique

Hey everyone! I didn't get very many pictures from my recent horse show of me riding but this one jumping picture was captured. It was also the only class I placed in and I actually got first!

Can you critique my position, please?! Thanks!

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-20-2010, 04:41 PM
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I'm not very good at this BUT I think you look very good. You have a good hand position, you back isnt hunched and your leg looks good. The horse looks good 2! I might be wrong but I think you look good. :P
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-21-2010, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I think this is one of my best positions in a long time. I do know that i need to keep my hands closed and put my heels down a bit more, but its way better than I used to be since I used to jump ahead ALL the time.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-22-2010, 03:17 AM
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You do look good! Though it does look like your hands are resting on your horses neck, and you seem to have piano hands. Your leg seems abit far back, and you should turn in your toes. But other than that, you look great! :)

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-22-2010, 03:59 AM
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i know this is a critique thing but would u tell me wat u mean by piano hands? and i'm not sure... but i think u need ur heals a little more down and ur hands a little more up.. hehe correct me if i'm wrong n.n'
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-22-2010, 05:20 AM
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Piano hands is a term that refers to when a rider has their thumbs to the side rather than on top. For such a common riding fault it was hard to find a photo of. This was the best I could find.

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post #7 of 8 Old 05-22-2010, 02:33 PM
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I don't really like your leg position, honestly. To me you seem to be gripping with your knees, which has made your lower leg swing backward slightly thus tipping you forward onto your horses neck. Yes, a short crest release is meant to help support you but that doesn't mean it's ALL that supports you. One thing that I think will help that lower leg is putting those heels down. When you really sink down into your heels you'll be able to support yourself without leaning on your horse's neck and pinching with your knees. I really like how you're looking ahead to the next jump and that your back is nice and flat however. Just remember, heels down! That should really fix most of your leg issues.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-22-2010, 06:05 PM
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Your definitely gripping with your knee which has caused your lower leg to slip back. Also your hands should be a little farther up the neck. You look a little scrunched up and tight. Sink your weight down into your heels over the jump and not your knee and hands a little more forward and you'll be looking great! Also hard to critique from one jump though since this could have just been an off jump for you.
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