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    12-07-2010, 11:33 AM
  #1
Yearling
Please Critique flat and O/F

I took the mare I ride to a show on Saturday, it was only her second show, her first real big show. She did really well. Anyway please critique me and the horse. Thanks.

Warm-up




I think I'm schooling here (I know it's a blurry action shot)



Video of her jumping the course in the O/F class (sorry for the not so great quality)

     
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    12-07-2010, 07:59 PM
  #2
Weanling
The biggest thing I noticed in your riding was your leg. It moves a good bit at the canter and slides back when your jumping. I suspect this is from you pivoting forward (as your trainer said, sit back). You are also dropping your weight forward before some of the fences. Basically the ones were you got a tight spot or your horse sucked back. Close you legs coming to a fence and sit up, raising your hands, not dropping them to the withers. It's especially important with a green horse.
     
    12-07-2010, 11:37 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MudPaint    
The biggest thing I noticed in your riding was your leg. It moves a good bit at the canter and slides back when your jumping. I suspect this is from you pivoting forward (as your trainer said, sit back). You are also dropping your weight forward before some of the fences. Basically the ones were you got a tight spot or your horse sucked back. Close you legs coming to a fence and sit up, raising your hands, not dropping them to the withers. It's especially important with a green horse.
Thanks for the critique. I noticed my leg swinging when I watched that video.

I the reason I drop my hands on the withers is because she falls on the forehand and my hands fall with her. I've been practicing sitting up tall and using my legs to get her not to get so forward. I feel like I can concentrate doing that more at home than at the show. I figure with more practice it will be more natural and I won't have to think to sit up and keep my leg on and all that.

Since she's still green we don't agree on the spot we're trying to get. I need to practice that also. I jump a little higher at home and I feel like we can agree on a spot better with the jumps higher.

The main thing, I think I need to practice is sitting up tall, not letting my hands drop, and keeping my leg on . Thanks again.
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    12-08-2010, 11:09 AM
  #4
Yearling
Anyone else??
     
    12-08-2010, 11:24 AM
  #5
Banned
Can not watch the video....too shaky and it was causing nausea issues.

Still shots - you need to get your leg underneath you, not shoved out in front of you and you need to get some more bend to your elbow and close your hands. Your back is relaxed a little too much. Bring your shoulder back, they are hunched forward which in turn is causing your lower back to look humped.
     
    12-08-2010, 11:36 AM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Can not watch the video....too shaky and it was causing nausea issues.

Still shots - you need to get your leg underneath you, not shoved out in front of you and you need to get some more bend to your elbow and close your hands. Your back is relaxed a little too much. Bring your shoulder back, they are hunched forward which in turn is causing your lower back to look humped.

When you say close my hands do you mean close my fingers, like make more of a fist...or bring my hands closer together?
     
    12-08-2010, 11:41 AM
  #7
Foal
Hi, I'd say with the jumping you seem to be going jumping out of the saddle rather, than moving your movement to the horses, your using your shoulders to jump, if you just push you bum backwards to hover over the saddle your shoulders come in line naturally. And with you hands, your horse, who I must say is very pretty, is falling on your hand because your sitting forward just a little bit, which in turn is making her use her head and neck to rebalance herself.
I hope this makes sense, you did very good jumping... =]
     
    12-08-2010, 11:42 AM
  #8
Banned
Sorry. I was not clear. I mean close your fingers, make more of a fist. It looks like you are holding the reins with your finger tips instead of your whole hand.
     
    12-08-2010, 11:58 AM
  #9
Yearling
Thanks, everyone's input is really helpful.
     
    12-08-2010, 01:20 PM
  #10
Foal
Like said before close your fingers around the reins. And shoulders back. Your leaning forward in flat pics and your arms are really forward. It looks because you have such a short rein and your moving your body, shoulders, arms, and even fingers forward to compensate for it. Loosen the rein a little so you body can be straight, shoulders can be back arms can be bent nicely and fingers can close. And in all actuality you wont lose contact from your horses mouth, your just shifting everything backwards if that makes any sence.
     

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