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    07-04-2009, 02:46 PM
Green Broke
Riding Rocket!

All comments and critiques are welcome! The first video is just flat work, the second one is of us "jumping" please be kind about the second one, it's been ages since I have done any formal jump work.

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    07-04-2009, 06:08 PM
You sure look good to me. Nice to see jumping videos where the rider waits for the horse to do the jumping part. On the flatwork video, I'm sure you could easily get your horse more forward into the bit with a little encouragement. You can tell he's thinking about reaching into the contact, but since it's not being asked to do so, he's willing to just trot along at his current speed. Maybe some transitions within the trot would help him get a little more forward thinking. Overall it looks great. You're a good rider.
    07-05-2009, 01:43 AM
Yeah I agree. I think you look really good. You two make a good team, he's a gorgeous horse. :)
    07-05-2009, 02:02 PM
Green Broke
Thanks guys!

Yeah yesterday he was being kinda sluggish, he's usually got a little more get up and go than he did. He started to pick up a little after I did that jumping video, guess I should have filmed the other way around.
    07-06-2009, 09:56 PM
Green Broke

Here's another video from today. I think this video shows off his trot a little better even though he was super racey for some reason today. I feel like I either have a sluggish trot and a nice head set or a nice trot and his head way up in the air. Sigh.
    07-06-2009, 10:12 PM
Your lower leg is too loose, your seat and upper body are rigid. Your hands are not independent and neither is your seat.
I could go into detail but a better suggestion is to get a dressage coach to help you on improving your equitation and influence on the horse.
Over fences you prop yourself up with your arms and chicken wing, you need to keep your elbows at your sides and allow your hands to follow the motion and move up your horse's neck. You need to follow the mantra, keep all my weight in my heels, soft elbows, soft neck, soft eyes and 3-2-leg-jump.
Otherwise good job, you stay fairly centered although your hands are not independent, your seat is better over fences though, you ride more.
    07-07-2009, 05:12 PM
Green Broke
Anabel - I'm actually grabbing mane each time, it's a bad habit that I seem to have formed in the last year or so. It was kinda reinforced by the first jumping sesion that I ever had where Rocket spooked at the jump and ended up clearing the top of the jump standard (according to onlookers). I need to work on letting go and moving my hands up. I also had never noticed that I chicken wing like that, I'll work on that too.

For the most part I just need practice, like I said I haven't jumped in yonks so I'm super rusty.

I am also aware of my upper body issue, but I have no idea how to fix it. My trainer is constantly telling me to bring my shoulders back and relax but I can't seem to do it consistantly.

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