PLease critique my riding and jumping - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 31 Old 04-12-2011, 11:40 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Nowhere, NY
Posts: 702
• Horses: 2
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! :)
drafteventer is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 31 Old 04-12-2011, 11:46 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
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.
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #23 of 31 Old 04-13-2011, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 615
• Horses: 1
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 !!!

Our Hoofbeats were many, but are Hearts beat as One.
Frankiee is offline  
post #24 of 31 Old 04-15-2011, 01:32 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Aollo Bay Victoria Australia
Posts: 72
• Horses: 3
whats the new critique
WoodvillePark is offline  
post #25 of 31 Old 04-15-2011, 09:09 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,732
• Horses: 2
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.

“Have fun - Stay on top.”
"There's nothing like sixteen hands between your legs"
LoveTheSaddlebreds is offline  
post #26 of 31 Old 04-15-2011, 11:31 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Jackson, Louisiana
Posts: 63
• Horses: 0
Beautiful horse! :)

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."
LauraLA is offline  
post #27 of 31 Old 04-15-2011, 12:11 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,324
• Horses: 0
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.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus

Last edited by VelvetsAB; 04-15-2011 at 12:13 PM.
VelvetsAB is offline  
post #28 of 31 Old 04-15-2011, 05:13 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 66
• Horses: 0
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 :)

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. - Confucius
AislingxXx1234 is offline  
post #29 of 31 Old 04-15-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 615
• Horses: 1
thanks guys :) if you fell like it my new pictures or in the same section called improvement ?


Our Hoofbeats were many, but are Hearts beat as One.
Frankiee is offline  
post #30 of 31 Old 04-26-2011, 08:56 PM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
xoXJumpingMareXox is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
please critique my jumping and riding =] katieandduke Horse Riding Critique 9 04-10-2010 09:48 AM
jumping and riding critique. oceanbluee1313 Horse Riding Critique 59 01-19-2010 08:49 PM
Riding and Jumping critique lol Ariat164 Horse Riding Critique 6 01-13-2010 12:27 AM
Critique riding/jumping please! Sophia Horse Riding Critique 6 12-30-2009 11:41 AM
critique my riding/jumping xxxMYSTYxxx Horse Riding Critique 4 08-09-2007 04:26 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome