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post #1 of 11 Old 12-27-2011, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Please Critique trot/canter/jump!

Hey guys!

I haven't posted on these forums since August 2010! But I'm back and gonna kick it off with a critique! Here are some pictures of me and the horse I quarter lease, Maggie. I picked the ones where I think I look best, so tell me what you think! Rip us apart, I'm always looking for things to work on. :)

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-28-2011, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone? Bump? :)
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-28-2011, 01:24 PM
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I'm no one to ask for postiton critique- though is it just me or are your elbows out???

99% of the time, its the riders fault.
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-28-2011, 01:29 PM
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My instructor tells me to breathe out and roll my shoulders back. It helps to keep a correct arm position. Your legs look great!
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-28-2011, 08:32 PM
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I think you look great If I was going to be picky I would say roll your shoulders back a little, it looks like you are leaning/tipping forwards.
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-28-2011, 09:28 PM
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Everything looks great, but you look so tense in your shoulders! Relax and take a deep breath :) otherwise, great leg position and I'm so glad to see someone with their heels down. That seems to be a fading thing with riders these days!
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-29-2011, 12:19 AM
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This isnt really a position critique..But personally, you need some dressage work to learn how to engage his hindquarters. Also, dont let your elbows stick out, roll your shoulders back more and ride from your core. Otherwise, the pics look fine to me! Rider in the making there little lady! Idk if you ride hunter or jumper, but you should be sitting up taller for your flat too.
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-30-2011, 10:31 AM
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I could be definitely wrong, but it looks like you jump ahead. While at first glance you look alright in the jumping picture, it seems like you're thrusting yourself out of the saddle and up your horse's neck, rather than waiting for him to come up to you. Like I said though, I could be wrong and it may just be the picture.
On another note though, your release is decent, just try to relax your arms a bit and make sure your hands are pressed into your horse's neck, not hovering above it. Overall nice job! :)

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-04-2012, 10:40 AM
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Your jump position looks really nice! Wish mine's like that!
I'd just suggest trying to bring your shoulders back a bit to help you stop tipping forward :)
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-05-2012, 12:45 AM
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I agree with everyone else - your position looks nice over the fence. I agree that you could close your elbows a little bit as well too.
Also, focus on sitting back a little bit more and not jumping ahead. Wait for the horses movement a bit more. I know it's hard and I do the exact same thing!

Grids really helped me a lot. Otherwise, I like your horse over fence. His clean and neat.

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