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post #1 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Please critique jumping

So, I have a show this weekend, I would like a critique so I know what to work on this week. And I just like other people's opinion, because I'm always trying to improve. You can also critique the horse if you see anything.

I know there is a lot of pictures. I was going to weed out the ones I thought weren't so great, but I figured I would get a better critique if the bad ones were here too.

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 10:04 AM
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If you are going to jump over barrels, can I suggest securing them so that if your horse catches the top of one it doesn't roll under her legs when she is landing?

-More release particularly in photos 5 and 6.
-Stronger lower leg
-Stay in two point longer (until landing is completed) particularly in photos 3 and 5

I like the last photo best, were you aiming for an automatic release in that one?

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If you are going to jump over barrels, can I suggest securing them so that if your horse catches the top of one it doesn't roll under her legs when she is landing?

-More release particularly in photos 5 and 6.
-Stronger lower leg
-Stay in two point longer (until landing is completed) particularly in photos 3 and 5

I like the last photo best, were you aiming for an automatic release in that one?

Thank you. I actually wasn't trying for an automatic release. I noticed that when I saw the picture. Sometimes when I go over the jump I feel my hands drop to the side. I was a little worried because I know the automatic release is more advance and has more contact with the horses mouth, and I really didn't want her uncomfortable jumping. I was actually working on not doing that.
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Thank you. I actually wasn't trying for an automatic release. I noticed that when I saw the picture. Sometimes when I go over the jump I feel my hands drop to the side. I was a little worried because I know the automatic release is more advance and has more contact with the horses mouth, and I really didn't want her uncomfortable jumping. I was actually working on not doing that.
Ah, well if that is the case then I like the second last photo better and I guess you know to work on a better release.

For a really good critique you might want to see what Maura and Upnover have to say as they are truly a wealth of excellent information.

Good luck for the show!

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You could try putting a pole on each side of the barrels so they don't roll, that's what we do..
I agree with Sarahver give her/him their mouth when jumping
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try and wait for your horse this will help with your jumping to early and think about shoving your legs forward as you go to jump, don't actually do it just think about it and that will help your lower leg stay closer to the girth and keep you more centered over the saddle

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Thanks..and a pole on either side of the barrel sounds like a smart idea.
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-12-2011, 08:43 PM
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I like the fact that your eyes are up in all the pics. One thing that really irks me is your release. In almost all the photos you are catching your horse in the mouth. You're still developing your seat, if I was your trainer I'd want your hands half way up the neck in a high crest release through the whole jump. It will lessen your chances of developing a backwards release. Like said above, let your fences come to you. Most of the photos you're jumping ahead and gripping with your knee. Ride the fences in a half seat/two point and when you jump you just let your knees absorb the shock as you squat over the fence.

And yes... please put poles or something with the barrels to keep them from rolling. Disaster waiting to happen. Kudos to your awesome horse for jumping a single barrel.
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What you really need to work on is keeping your leg underneath you. Having a nice secure lower leg helps support your upper body and make sure you're not pushing yourself too far out of the saddle and overjumping. You need to pivot from the hips and not grip with your knees.

Also, I think part of the problem are the barrels. Your horse is probably trying to jump awkwardly because the barrels move each time she touches them and that could be putting you off balance. Find a way to secure them and I'm sure your position will be much much better.
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