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        07-20-2011, 11:33 PM
    Please critique rider :)

    Pleaseeee help me!

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        07-20-2011, 11:54 PM
    You are ducking way, way too far down over the saddle. You are jumping this maybe 3 foot vertical as if it were a 4 foot oxer. Also, your leg is slipping back. Stretch down more in your heel and anchor yourself there.
        07-21-2011, 12:12 AM
    Yeah, I've always had a bit of a ducking problem. Do you know how I can get rid of it? It drives me nuts! And usually my leg is pretty stationary, I have no clue what happened in this picture! Lol
        07-21-2011, 12:27 AM
    I dunno... I can't think of anything, maybe other people have ideas for exercises or something to help. Ducking is mostly a mental problem. Relax, don't try so hard over the jump, just let it come naturally. In most people I've known with the problem, they just woke up one morning and they didn't duck anymore. Weird. It's just mental. :/
        07-21-2011, 04:56 AM
    Lol alright. I'm sure I'll figure something out.
        07-21-2011, 06:51 AM
    You look like your over jumping the jump before the horse gets there causing you to duck; just sit on your bum in canter, and wait for the jump as it comes up and lift your body with the horse. (:
        07-21-2011, 09:04 AM
    Basically what the others have said - ducking and your leg has slipped back. For the ducking, just remember to wait and allow your horse to close your hip angle. He'll get you over the jump just fine, no need to help him I ALWAYS have that problem; there really aren't any physical exercises to do, like the others have said it's mostly a mind game. Also, I find that I'm less likely to jump ahead if my leg is solid and my heels are pushed down - maybe that's what happened here. Love that you're looking up and you have a nice release.

    Your horse is gorgeous btw
        07-21-2011, 10:12 AM
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    Originally Posted by CCHjumper77    
    Yeah, I've always had a bit of a ducking problem. Do you know how I can get rid of it? It drives me nuts! And usually my leg is pretty stationary, I have no clue what happened in this picture! Lol
    WELCOME!! I hope you find a lot of friends here.

    Well, you pivoted on your knee. Possibly gripping too much with it. Knees hard on the saddle tend to break the lower leg away from the horse's sides, allowing it to swing back. As your upper body goes forward and your lower leg slides back, you become VERY front heavy. As a result, you are resting on your hands...using them to prop your upper body up.

    I would practice two point with no hands at all gaits. As your upper body goes forward, counterbalance it by keeping your lower leg forward. This will counterbalance the upper body. You will, probably, have to stretch the muscles on the back of your legs.

    Go in two point and REALLY move those lower legs forward until you can hold the two point without hands. You will feel the muscles along the back of your leg burn!

    Until your leg stays forward (at the girth) when you jump, your position will be very unstable. Sometimes I have seen trainers hobble the stirrup to the girth so that it stays put.
        07-21-2011, 11:10 AM
    Thank you!

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