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    04-12-2011, 12:40 PM
Jumping: Your weight is not in your heels, try moving your stirrup further up you toe even just a half inch. You pinch slightly in your knee, which makes your leg slip back. This may be causing you to throw your body foward ('jumping for your horse'). Your release is quite long, using a regular long release won't catch your horse in the mouth, if that is what you're worried about. I rarely catch a horse in the mouth and I use a short release. It's hard to tell if your stirrups are the correct length because you are up your horses neck a bit. Your eyes are up, and your back posture is flat.

Flat: Besides the fact that your stirrups are too short (I know, its already been said ;p) You, again, should move your stirrup closer to your toe, which will help you put your heels down. In the last picture, even though you're riding in three point, your knee has pinched a bit and your leg has slid back a little and your heel is up.

You look like a good rider, and you and your horse make a really good pair. Your horse is really cute! :)
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    04-12-2011, 12:46 PM
I do not think your stirrups are way too short for jumping. The reason they look too short is because of bending at the hip (and letting your horse come to you, like your trainer has said) you are standing up straight and shoving your hips forward in an attempt to feel like you are with your horse.

If you are worried about hitting your horse in the mouth, instead of jumping ahead of him, grab a chunk of mane to keep your hands and upper body together with your horse. At this level while schooling at home there is nothing wrong with doing that until you get a better feel.

I think once you get your heels down and stop pinching with your knee it will help everything else. Like so often is said, you need a better base of support.
    04-13-2011, 06:54 PM
Yes thank you :) so I have other pics all post them on a new one please critique those ones also :) there a huge improvement Thanks for everyone help !!!
    04-15-2011, 02:32 AM
Whats the new critique
    04-15-2011, 10:09 AM
When I started to get ahead of my horse, my trainer made me count when I rode. When I jumped I would count rhythm saying 1,2,1,2,1,2... etc. and it helpe me focus on the horse's movement and waiting for the jump.
    04-15-2011, 12:31 PM
Beautiful horse! :)
    04-15-2011, 01:11 PM
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See the position of your upper body in the last picture you posted? Now pretend that your horse had would be pretty much in perfect position for a jump! Of course you would have to move your hands up just a teeny bit, but don't reach for his ears. Small movements.

The thing about giving too much rein over the jump, is that you come in with contact, throw it away, then snatch it back up after the fence. If you had a roll back to the next fence, you would have a hard time making the turn.

Bring your leg forward, and your shoulders back. Pick up your hands, close your fingers.
    04-15-2011, 06:13 PM
ya I put my hand forward alot cause I'm so afraid t catch him in the teeth ! My coach says I also need to let my horse come to me and not me go to my horse but im not sure how to break that habit. Tho I only started jumping last november and was off for the winter so hopefuly I'll be able to fix my position.
I had this problem too and it can become a very bad habit if your horse is stopper, leading to falls eventually. Grids will help, especially bounces. Your horse should find grids easy and you can work on you. They also make sure your body follows the horse properly because you willl become unbalanced after jumping fences close together if you get ahead all the time. If your horse is honest, try closing your eyes a few strides before the fence. Then you can't anticipate the fence and get ahead of your horse. You have to move with your horse :)
    04-15-2011, 10:46 PM
Thanks guys :) if you fell like it my new pictures or in the same section called improvement ?

    04-26-2011, 09:56 PM
Best advice? STRETCH STRETCH, and STRETCH some more right before you ride. Put the ball of your foot on a stair, or a phone book pushed against the wall, and sink into your heel. You should feel behind your knee and calf stretching. Hold for 20 seconds an don't forget to always do each side equally, unless one side is stiffer than the other.
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