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    10-23-2012, 09:31 PM
Please critique me and my horse jumping

I am just wondering if any of you amazing people out there would be able to critique and and my horse jumping? I'm sorry about the quality of the photos.
My horse is a 12yr old SB and I have taught her everything she knows about riding. How do we look?
Should I consider starting doing some small show hunter classes (she can't jump high enough to do show jumping).

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    10-24-2012, 09:41 PM
First two pics look great. That first one is textbook form. The 3rd one, you're ahead of the motion, but not horrible. The thing I notice is your horse is leaving very long and looks like she's going along at a good clip and flinging herself at the jumps. You obviously have no problems with the actual jumping part, but I would say work more on adjusting your horse's stride and getting her to a better takeoff spot in a more relaxed tempo. Hope that helps.
    10-24-2012, 10:13 PM
I must say you have really nice form, but I don't know if you're doing anything wrong but ill just start out saying try not to leave your saddle before your horse leaves the ground. I do agree with MyBoyPuck your horse looks long...before a jump you should collect and hold your outside rein. Once you land, while you're in two-point, give a strong half-halt, then sit real tall. It should help even out your pace and give you more control. Hope that helps you even more!
    10-24-2012, 11:33 PM
I know she takes off from a long distance, but she has only been jumping for a short time and knew no other way, I was only concerned that she learned to jump anything I pointed her at.
Now I am teaching her that a deep take-off point is ok and it is actually possible!! She is learning slowly, sometimes she will, sometimes she won't. Any ideas?
Also, she is a bit sloppy with the technique in her front legs, she is tight with her back end but hangs her front legs. Does this look too bad to you? Any ideas on jumping exercises I could try? I have tried oxers but they made no difference.
    10-25-2012, 12:05 AM
I have some videos. khJ4h_L4
    10-25-2012, 07:59 AM
I can offer no critique, but your girls' jump is ridiculously cute in that video! She definitely could use more technique, but yours looks about perfect. You're doing wonderfully with her.

Go the Standardbreds!
    10-25-2012, 06:57 PM
Horses have a much easier time jumping related distances than a single fence in the middle of nowhere. Try setting up grids that are spaced for her stride. Try something like, ground pole > 9' to cross rail > 18' to vertical > 21' to oxer. If you don't have enough space, just use the ground pole to the cross rail. If she has trouble cantering over the pole, trot in and ask for canter over the cross rail. Any thing based on 9' distances seems to work for most horses. Good luck.
    10-26-2012, 08:26 PM
I just have to say that your video made me giggle. The way she jumps is so adorable! She looks like such a cute horse.
    10-26-2012, 11:20 PM
My thoughts: Overall you look good! And your horse is adorable in the video.

The first photo looks decent. In the third photo, I see you a bit ahead and your leg slipped back. Your toes are also out quite a bit. I would work on strengthening that lower leg and working hard to keep it in place, and get your toes in.

Overall, good job! You remind me of myself a bit... I've had to work on those same issues!
    10-27-2012, 12:54 AM
I love it! Go get em in the show ring!!!

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