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post #1 of 11 Old 05-19-2011, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Please Critique my horse and I

Hey everyone,

I was hoping you could critique my horse and I. He's been jumping for over a year now and I have been riding for 6 years. I do have a tendency of leaning ahead long after my horse has jumping, and i have issues with my back, it's very straight or hollow. I can't seem to arch my back. Any tips appreciated! :)

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-19-2011, 05:00 PM
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The reason you are having a problem with leaning ahead is because you are not putting your weight into your heels. When you are jumping really focus on waiting for the jump (count your strides before and after the jump and keep the same rhythm. It's harder than it sounds! ) and sinking your weight into your heels. Land in your heels, but don't drop back. Don't fully sit in the saddle until your feel your horses back legs hit the ground.
Also it looks like you are using your reins a little too much and might catch him in the mouth a couple times. Make sure you are directing him by using your legs and eyes. Look where you are going and line your shoulders up with the next jump.
Other than that I think your doing a good job. Work on these few things and you'll be great1
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-19-2011, 05:31 PM
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I am not a jumper so take what I have to say with a grain of salt. Overall, you look pretty good. YOur leg is pretty solid . I didn't notice the heelp part.
I can see that hyou do lean forward and collapse forward a bit. This was noticeable a couple of times when the horse's speed slowed unexpectedly. I think this has part to do with the hrose running with his /her head in the air a lot. I get the feeling that though you ride pretty solid from the hip down, the upper body is being affected by hyour horse's hollowed out way of running.
I wonder if more flatwork working on getting the horse more connected would not help. I mean you would have to learn to sit a bit more upright and have a more active leg, getting bend and engagement from the horse and get it to lower its' head and connect more to the rear leg. The less hollow it is, the easier it will be for you to sit up straight and not fall foward when it props in the slightest.

I will end with saying that I couldn not jump half as well, for what that's worth.
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-19-2011, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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tinyliny: Thanks, yeah. Kodaa doesn't hollow out his back, this is about 20x better than he was a year ago. I am hoping to buy some draw reins for him in the near future.

Uma: Yeah my heels aren't that great, and I work a lot off my reins, the bit he is rode in is a bit too strong for him so I'm switching it to a softer snaffle. Thanks for the tips.

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-19-2011, 05:47 PM
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It looks like your just standing up for 2point. Try to sit back more and stick your butt out and look up and ahead when you land the jump.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-19-2011, 06:06 PM
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I would definetly work on strengthening your lower leg via no stirrup work. You should also work on your balance, again, dropping your weight into your heels. You can work on your balance by trying to stand in your stirrups, you can do intervals, of standing on the long side, and sitting on the short side. I hope this helps :)

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-20-2011, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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ponyygirl123:: thanks so when i go into 2 point over jumps, stick my butt out okay, got it.

EquusPeace; yeah I haven't been doing no stirrup work in months. Thanks for the advice

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post #8 of 11 Old 05-20-2011, 01:35 AM
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Very stunning horse(:

I think you need to work on your rein contact, you need to influence him more with your hands, and your seat as a whole. Right now your just looking like a passenger, and you do need more weight in your heels as you bounce alot in the saddle. I also noticed in a few jumps that you put your hands on his neck, pulling the reins down, and jamming his neck.

But overall you have a nice soft postion, just a couple things to work on(:

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post #9 of 11 Old 05-20-2011, 03:30 AM
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I agree stunning horse. :P

It looks to me that your weight is in your toes not your heel. I looks like your standing on your toes over jump which is why you look so un balanced after the jumps. You have a nice over all position though, just needs some tweaking and it will be great.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-20-2011, 07:30 AM
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Like your horse. He is a cutie.

I do not think he needs draw reins. I think he needs basics on lengthening and shortening his stride (not going faster and slower).

You have a great start. Now you just need to fix some things and the whole picture will be there.

You do have your weight in your toes, not in your heels. You can also see that your have your legs out in front of you instead of under you. Bring your legs back underneath you and let your weight sink down into your heels. (I think you are trying to push down into your heels which pushes your leg forward and then you end up bracing into your toes.)

It is really hard to have your upper body working right when your lower body is not there to support it.

The still shot that the video stops on shows you not bending over the jump but simply standing up. No bend to your knee, very little bend at the hips.

You need to bend at the hips (which will be much easier with your leg underneath you).

A little more release would be good too. Work on getting your arms and your body working independently of each other. Standing up like you do it is really hard to actually release since you have no balance.

Shortening your stirrups one hole while you are jumping might help you some.
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