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post #1 of 5 Old 08-19-2011, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone! Please critique horse and rider! I know my heels are a little up in this picture, (I can keep them down when working on the flat, but when I jump they tend to go a little up, any tips?) Thank you so much!! Please on constructive critique! Thanks again!
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-19-2011, 10:15 AM
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You are jumping ahead. Your hips should be back over your saddle, not up in front of your pommel.

It looks like you are pinching with your knee. That allows your lower leg to slide back and your upper body to go forward.

Work on your base of support and your body working independently.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-23-2011, 12:37 PM
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Cute horse!

I think if you put your stirrups up a hole or two, it might keep your leg from sliding back as much.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-26-2011, 11:38 AM
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Adorable pony!! So cute. :)

As for you, you are definately jumping ahead of the motion. Your body has shifted forward over the pommel, and you are crawling up your horse's neck. You are also upsetting his balance, due to the fact that you are throwing your weight forward. This is a quite common problem for a lot of people, and a bad habit to get into.

Try this: Approach the jump at an easy paced canter. Ride at a complete full seat; if your weight is over your horse's shoulders you will upsetting his balance, distance, and striding. Count his strides out loud as you near the jump like so: one, two, one, two or one, two, three, four. Make sure your heels are down and you are not gripping with your knees (another problem I noticed).

DO NOT get into 2-point position too early. Wait until your horse has taken off, then fold slightly at the hip. Your release is fine, the only difference is that your hands should be under your chin instead of your chest. So move your entire body back a smidge. Stick your butt out a little so that your seat hovers balanced over the center of the saddle. And try not to let your leg slide back so much; but of course, once you fix the over jumping, there is a good chance that your leg will fix itself since you will be properly balanced.

Other than that, I don't see any other problems. Good luck, and happy jumping. :)

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-27-2011, 09:51 AM
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I agree with the other posters who mentioned shortening your stirrup and working on waiting for the horse's motion rather than jumping ahead.

You can also approach the fence in a correct, balanced two-point and have the horse's motion close your hip angle. For this to work correctly your knee, hip and ankle have to be relaxed and acting as shock absorbers, if you're pinching with your knee, the horse's motion will pitch you forward rather than closing youir hip.

Trying to ride to the fence in a full seat and judge the take off spot is a more advanced skill, and anxiety about the distance and when the horse will take off tends to contribute to the jumping ahead.

I would also like to mention that your horse is taking off very early, and jumping long and flat. Help the horse out by placing ground rails on either side of the fence to help him see the base of the fence. Also consider using placement rails for a canter approach, or trot poles for a trotting approach. This takes the guess work out of where the horse will take off and will allow you to concentrate on your position.
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