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    10-31-2009, 12:11 PM
Green Broke
Please critique my jumping and my mare

Hey, ok, I KNOW my heels could be more down, and my hands more forward, so please leave that out. Also, be honest, but no snide comments, thanx . Also, please critique my mare Love Story, regarding her style over jumps, thank you all
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    10-31-2009, 12:30 PM
Actually, the first thing I thought was: Are you wearing sneakers??

Point your toes forward, not out; bring your lower leg forward and even with the girth, which will probably happen when you put your weight in your heels; it looks like you're leaning on Love Story's neck; and particularly in the second picture, you look like you're just "along for the ride." Maybe someone else can explain that one better.
    10-31-2009, 03:38 PM
You are overjumping. Bringing your legs back/your heels down/feet forward will help to keep you centered over the saddle. You want to open your hip angle a bit, until you start jumping bigger fences.
Love Story needs some gymnastics and grid work- she seems as if she's hanging her knees over fences in some pictures and by using gymnastics and grids this should help that trouble. You need to work on getting better striding to the fences as well, have someone count it out for you in the beginning.
    10-31-2009, 06:21 PM
I think another way of saying what everyone is trying to explain is, to sink your body weight down thru your legs to your heels, as if your lower leg has weights attached. Will bring you closer to the saddle so you aren't so "perched" on your horse's neck, instead of moving forward so much with her when she goes over the jump. (trying to give a visualization, cus I always was the type to do better when visualizing things as I did them). You are looking okay I think, as you continue learning you and Love Story will get more "together" of course! :)

Love Story is a beautiful horse! Gorgeous! I want her! Lol, that is my critique for her, since I am not that good at critiquing horse ;)

    11-01-2009, 11:46 AM
Looking good. But, HEELS DOWN. REMEMBER! LOL
    11-01-2009, 12:31 PM
Green Broke
I'm not very good at critiquing position as I have a lot of flaws myself. But I will say that your mare is very cute. However, her jump scares me a bit. She is very loose below the knee and her knees are not even. She is starting to do a "scissor" motion with her knees which isn't good. That being said, she is not so bad that it can't be fixed with gymnastics. I think a lot of gymnastics would help her a lot. Some of the pics look quite good, while others are scary. It's hard to tell with pics because it depends on when the shot was taken in relation to her jump.

She really is a beautiful mare though. I think she will have potential once she gets her legs tightened up
    11-01-2009, 05:03 PM
I'm surprised no one has said this yet, but the most obvious thing to me is that your knee is out of the saddle in all of the pictures. My suggestion as far as fixing this problem (it should also help with not perching on her neck) is to ride in a half-seat tilted forward with butt further back in the saddle, but still sitting in the saddle) towards a low jump (under 2-foot), and just go with her over the jump, letting her jump open and close your hip angle. Also try to relax, you look very stiff.

Hope that helps. :)
    11-01-2009, 07:00 PM
Well, after the release, you need to grip with your thighs a little more. You seem to be riding straight on the irons of the stirrups.

As for Love Story, I think some oxers would benefit her.
    11-02-2009, 12:00 AM
Green Broke
Thank you everyone, this is all really helpful and I will be sure to try out your suggestions! :)

jumping, mare

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