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post #1 of 14 Old 01-18-2012, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Please Critique!

This is me on an OTTB that I just rode for the second time. I know that my toes are pointed WAY out(pretty darn close to 90 degrees ), but aside from that can anyone critique this? Thanks! By the way, I'm new to this-my first post- so hopefully I did everything right!
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-19-2012, 11:47 AM
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The picture is very dark..you blend in with the horse..gotta love dark bays :) A possible observation based on what I can see of your upper body. You look like you are laying on the horse's neck; jumping ahead and over the pommel of the saddle. While your release seems to be the right length, it is hard to tell. I am guessing that you are also leaning on your horse's neck here, your forearms resting on the neck rather than just your hand.

Your irons seem to be long which could be a major hampering problem to your upper body and toe issue. When jumping, take your normal length iron, determined by taking your foot out of your iron and relaxing it, just letting your foot hang; the iron should hit at the ankle bone; shorten by one hole.

For your two-point, you need to push the horse away with your hands which will aid in keeping your upper body more centered in the saddle. You want to simply close your hip angle and not try to jump FOR the horse :)

Head and eyes are up, which is good...shoulders might be a little rounded but it could be the picture.

You might want to repost after getting a picture in better light...wear LIGHT colored clothes :)
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-19-2012, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Yeah my stirrups were too long-I normally ride with them much shorter- but it wasn't my saddle and the leathers didn't go any shorter. I would have wrapped them but I just hopped on him to jump. :) I definitely agree with the being over the pommel, though. This is picture is pretty dark...
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-23-2012, 01:44 PM
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You look pretty good, but you can't tell much from a picture that is almost straight one. Do you have any from side view?

It's something you need almost like air or water. ♥
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-23-2012, 04:36 PM
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From what I can see, your leg is slipping back. Jump without stirrups and through gymnastics to improve this(:
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-23-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much! :) Here is a better picture of me at a show on my pony.
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-23-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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and yes, i am aware that I am missing a stirrup... I just lost it on the side away from the judge and they didn't notice!
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-24-2012, 02:52 PM
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Nice! (:
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-01-2012, 08:13 PM
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The only problem i can see is you need to build more leg muscle and keep those feet in your stirrup!
Other than that, beautiful!
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-02-2012, 09:21 AM
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I think I know that pony! What's his name?

It's something you need almost like air or water. ♥
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