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post #1 of 15 Old 08-05-2009, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Pony Jumping Critique? [VIDEO]

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I am taking this pony in a small C show this Saturday, I am hoping for some critiques to help us improve our rounds. He is an eventer and is used to speed and tight turns so it has been a challenge to get straight lines and a quiet pace. The first round we were going more forward and the second one we worked on quieting it down a bit. First round is split into two parts because my instructor forgot about the last line.

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Correcting Last two lines:


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post #2 of 15 Old 08-05-2009, 02:32 PM
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Overall I think you look really good together! It's hard to tell from a video, but it looks like you might have piano hands a little bit ... other than that, nice job. He's a very cute pony.
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post #3 of 15 Old 08-05-2009, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Yep, my hands are always a challenge for me, I'll keep working on them though. : )
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-05-2009, 10:08 PM
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Cute pony! He has a nice jump, but I'd like to see a longer stride for hunters. I found it helps to squeeze with the outside leg each stride. This helps you "bounce" off the rail and get a longer, uphill stride.

For you, GREAT legs, I'm very jealous, lol. Nice seat, basically you are a really, really good, balanced rider. I agree with working on your hands though. For hunters, I'd carry them a bit lower (few inches ahead of the saddle) and tighten your fingers! I can see daylight bewtween your pinkies and the reins, lol
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post #5 of 15 Old 08-05-2009, 10:41 PM
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Ok I love your lower leg! Very envious! I wanna steal it!

You should do well at your show! Just wondering if you are in North Carolina, b/c of you username. And if you are what show are you going too, I may be going :P
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Agreed - you have a lovely seat and IM sure will do well.... the only thing I would suggest is riding with a longer rein as you are riding quite short an up his neck (thats just me though - I just think they look softer when you do)

You both look really good together!!! Good luck!
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OK, first and foremost, I LOVE your arena!!!!!
Second, great solid lower leg, and great, flowing lines into the jumps. I love your form! I have piano hands too, so I understand how frustrating it is! Great job, and good luck with your show!

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I only have a couple things to say:

1) The pony's stride seems tense and short. That could be because of him, but it might be because you're acting tense on his back. I can't really tell.

2) Your hands are staggered just a bit. Eventually, this could cause the pony to cut turns.

That's honestly all I can see at the moment. You two are lovely together!
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Adorable pony! (Definitely an eventer)

People may disagree with me, but it looks like you're riding him like a pony jumper with your hands, and not a hunter. I'd put your hands a little lower down his crest, put them closer together. In the first video, at 5 seconds, you put your hands level and directly above your breast collar whatchamajigger, and he immediately got lighter in his back, but then when you moved your hands so did he. It may be something to try at the trot again, and at the canter.

If he gets too fast, don't be afraid to push him into the bridle with your leg and seat between fences! He's probably familiar with that, and it looks better than using too much rein. Not that you are in the videos, but just in case. =)

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Adorable pony! (Definitely an eventer)

People may disagree with me, but it looks like you're riding him like a pony jumper with your hands, and not a hunter. I'd put your hands a little lower down his crest, put them closer together. In the first video, at 5 seconds, you put your hands level and directly above your breast collar whatchamajigger, and he immediately got lighter in his back, but then when you moved your hands so did he. It may be something to try at the trot again, and at the canter.

If he gets too fast, don't be afraid to push him into the bridle with your leg and seat between fences! He's probably familiar with that, and it looks better than using too much rein. Not that you are in the videos, but just in case. =)

I agree with everything you have said - that was kinda what I was getting at - but couldnt word it.... the pony jumper description that is (I don't think you are on his mouth at all - I mean just where they are positioned)
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