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    06-15-2012, 05:12 AM
Please Critique me and my pony jumping :)

This is Archie, he is a 11 year old ex royal show pony (No injuries or anything just change of sene) Shown under the name of Woodville Park Jeremy Fisher. He was born in Sdyney (Aus) then went to tassie, then South Australia, back to tassie now lives in Victoria, when he was 8 he stopped showing (due to new owner) And then with that owners he sat in the paddock until he was 10 then I started free leasing him, and then after a month brought him! I taught this little fella to jump! He is a great pony! He is little, only 14hh :)

Could you critique me and my pony jumping? Please do not say about I need to relese more, because this was in a lesson and my instuctor told me not to move my hands so he could put his feet where he wanted to, so. And this is my first time jumping over a meter, all of these jumps very from 100cm to 110cm. Thanks :)
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    06-15-2012, 06:01 AM
Great work! Only thing I could pick was that you need to put a bit more weight in your stirrups and not grip so much with your knees. Maybe if the stirrup was on the balls of your feet more and heels down a bit more (which actually only picked in one or two photos, so good job!).. But other than that fantastic job! :) it takes alot of confidence and a good horse to jump that big.
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    06-15-2012, 10:57 PM
Lookin' good! There are just a few things that you should start to think about.

Keep your eyes up! In some of the pictures it looks like you're looking down, you might not be, but anyhow... It's so simple but it really has a great effect on your body's balance if your eyes are on the ground. My instructors always said that you go where you look.

I'll go along with the poster above me in saying that you should focus on keeping your weight in your heels. In a few of the pictures your legs looked like they've swung back a bit. That's a very common problem, especially if this is your first time jumping this height. To be able to keep your weight in your heels better, I'd do a lot of work at the two-point. When I was working on that I would literally ride around WTC for 30 minutes in two-point (Half Seat/Jumping Position) It sucks, but I saw a huge change in my jumping position.

I actually think that your releases are adequate. You didn't seem to catch your pony in the mouth or restrict his movement, so keep doing whatever works.

Overall, you're looking quite good! Your pony looks great, congratulations-he's an adorable jumper. Keep up the good work.
    06-16-2012, 04:46 AM
Thank you both :) Yeah, I will start working on that, putting more weight in my heels. Yes Kindeaeventing, I do that exercise too! It works, My legs nearly always stay in the same stop which is right under me, but lately little cheeky Mr Archie has been jumping me out of the saddle! His spring just keeps suprising me! I have another picture from today that I will post :)
    06-16-2012, 04:47 AM
Here is is, this is 105cm :)
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    06-17-2012, 07:23 AM
Bump?? :)
    06-17-2012, 07:09 PM
I don't think i've seen a horse use his neck quite that well over a fence. He must be pretty tough to ride/stay with! Great pictures!!
    06-18-2012, 03:38 AM
Haha Oxer, he is a lovely little jumper, he gets a lot of compliments at showjumping events! And he also moves great! He is really clean he'll hardly ever knock rails, if he does, it my fault, and when he does, he get angry at him self and bucks! He's not to bad, I'm use to it now, I love watching video back of him jump! He just does it so effortly! His only promblem is his lazy and very very spooky! (He's part Arab(Spooky!!) And that why I use the spurs, as I do not have very strong legs!!) I love him!! Any more Crit????
    06-18-2012, 10:49 PM
I definitely struggle with the spookiness too. My horse will jump a huge fence, but he's very unconfident, and will spook at every noise and every scary object. We've been working on it though. Lots and lots of exposure and ground work.
    06-19-2012, 04:59 AM
Yeah, its annoying!! Archie will jump anything that is coloured poles, no matter what the height! But as soon as a dazzel board goes in it will take 1 or more attempt. But he is slowly getting there :)

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