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post #1 of 8 Old 09-07-2008, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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rip me apart.

so this is a picture from the beginning of this year with Chuy. i really want to send it to George Morris for him to critique through the practical horseman magazine. im scared though haha so i figured i would let you guys rip me apart first, then see how bad it could be. sooooo what do you guys think?

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-07-2008, 09:24 PM
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I dunno much about the discipline, but you look a little behind.adorable horse =]]
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-07-2008, 10:48 PM
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You look a tinyyy bit behind, your back is hunched a bit and you could have released a littlee bit more. but otherwise its an amazinggg pic. =D send it to George, I'm sending one in! haha and then you can tell me when its in the mag. cuz i get that one. =D

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-07-2008, 11:12 PM
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Like everyone said already... a little behind with a tight reign. Your leg looks kinda far back too. amazing shot though!! Whoever took it has some talent!!
I suggest you turn it in and let us all know!!

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-08-2008, 12:11 AM
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I think the others said it for the most part.

With a jump of that size, and being an oxer, I would've given more on the release, so the horse wouldn't look as stretched out as he does. A longer release would've allowed him to use and round his back more. Instead he has to go more for a reach approach due to the restriction on the reins.
Also, you are a little behind the center. Which is also affecting his jump.
Your hunched over him, I'd suggest really work on pressing your shoulder blades together and opening up your chest. Your back should be flat, and although yours is to an extent here, due to the rounding of your shoulders, I can only imagine what the landing looked like. Your shoulders hunched over the jump is going to make you majorly slump into the saddle on the landing, even though you may not feel it. (Trust me, I had major issues with this with having scoliosis!)
Try riding with a back-brace during training. Nothing fancy, just something to help you train your shoulder muscles and train your back to "arch". A good solid position over a jump could also majorly help you with your release, you'll feel a lot more stable in your own seat and feel like you won't need the reins as much for balance.

Your legs look good, do you do no-stirrup work? I'd suggest doing some (Although I'm sure you probably already do :) ) just because your toe does point out a little. Although I know that is the trend in most of the Hunter world, it can lead to pinching with the knee and many other issues, so just be sure to keep an eye on it.
(I toe out too, so I do lots of no-stirrup work as well! :))
I love how your leg, even over the jump, still draws a straight line from your hip to your heel. I am assuming it does on the flat as well, which would mean since you are able to keep the position over the jump that you do have nice solid legs.

Your horse is VERY cute and has a very nice expression. Even though he is restricted by your hands, seat, and body, he still has his full attention back on you and is truely trying his best, and despite that he is still looking really good in the front end.
His right knee is more loose than his left, not quite as tucked, but I am sure once your position is corrected, he will tuck his knees evenly and round out more. He looks like a very scopey jumper and you both are very well turned out!

VERY cute horse! The braiding looks very nice as well!
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-08-2008, 09:30 AM
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I LOVE George Morris! I've been thinking about sending a picture to him as well!

I have a feeling he'd say....

You: All around good leg. Stirrup is nicely angled across the bars of your foot with the side by your toe being more forward. Ankle is nicely flexed out. However, you are pinching with your knee which has caused your lower leg to slip back. (your stirrup leather should hang straight down). Great knee angle with your seat over the middle of your saddle. But you are ducking your upper body causing a slight roach in your lower back. Eyes are focused on the next jump. Nice short crest release (and then he'd talk about the importance of learning an automatic release and how he feels like youth don't focus on learning that anymore)

Horse: Good weight and nicely cared for, but sour expression (which he'd then recommend going on an occasional trail ride :)). Fairly even knees but dangling right which he wouldn't like. And he wouldn't like his 'trailing hind end'.

Turnout: Nicely turned out with clean, conservative, properly fitting tack and clothing. He'd mentioned for that extra touch to polish his hooves.

:) I've read George Morris for years, can you tell? :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-08-2008, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advice everyone! i will try to improve on everything you guys told me. thanks so much

upnover-i love George Morris too!! lol thanks for your input..very much apprietated!

nofear-thanks for taking the time to really tell me what i need. it was very very nice of you! i will definetly work on all of the things you said.
and yes i try to do no-stirrups once a week for about an hour if i have the time to ride that long. i love doing it, so i try to do it as much as possible.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-20-2008, 09:57 PM
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I'm not really an expert, but I think that you need to release your horse a bit more. Also it looks like you could get off your horse's back more. Your back also looks a bit hunched. Good job, though. You are looking up and your leg is almost perfect.
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