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    07-11-2010, 03:00 AM
Starting to jump again.

So decided to start playing around with Junior again until he sells. I am going to try to show him if I can and just have a good time since I can't jump the horse I am currently riding, at least not yet.

So critique is welcome, but please read everything fully before your comment.

This is my first time jumping him in six months and my third time riding him since he came back in April...decided to ride in a dressage saddle and then threw in some jumping, I have never jumped in a dressage saddle...Fail.

So those were not that good...I know.

These are from today, eight days after the photos above, jumping in the correct saddle now. Second time jumping him in six months and fourth time riding him since he came back in April.

All in all I loved today! It was a lot of fun. With some work I think we can do well. Oh and if you are wondering why we are jumping in grass and not the arena in the second set of pictures it is because he gets ouchy in that arena. He enjoys the grass a lot more. Plus it has been so hot here that the grass is completely dry and not slick at all.


^^There is so much wrong in this picture it is insane!

^^Closed eyes, Junior's mouth wide open.
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    07-11-2010, 04:23 AM
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What I can see is, over every jump your looking down. To help that, pick a spot in the distance and keep looking at it until you are over, then look at your next jump.

I LOVE your heels, they are nicely down, just turn your toes in, and your great in the feet department lol.

I love the fact that you are releasing, I always forget. But I looks like your resting your hands on his neck, I can't tell, because of his mane.

In a few of the pictures, you have piano hands, but in others, your hands are great, just focus.

I hope that helps, great job though, and have fun with him :)
    07-11-2010, 01:00 PM
He's a very cute jumper. He seems to be tucking his legs fairly well.

I like your lower legs in the photos with the jumping saddle, they don't go back when you jump and stay at the girth which is pretty good. Your heels are down, but your toes could point a little more to the front instead of out. Release is very nice, so overall you look pretty good. Can't see anything else that needs pointing out other than what has already been meantioned.

Keep practising. You're doing good so far.
    07-11-2010, 01:06 PM
I think your doing good! Your 2 point is pretty good better in some pictures.. everyones right about your heels theyre good! But I just read a thread about not putting your feet out... but good job it looks like your both enjoying yourselfs(:
    07-11-2010, 03:08 PM
Everyone already covered the form part. You're definitely building up a nice solid base of support and just need you get your upper body angle adjusted a bit. I just would like address the jump itself in that last "just for fun" pic. Those narrow natural covered crossrails are extremely hard for the horse to see and judge. Please either use larger poles or paint those bright white with a little filler or something for him to see.
    07-11-2010, 07:10 PM
Very cute! He looks like a fun little jumper. Everyone's already said everything that I would say. I also agree about the natural wood jumps - you can tell he's much happier jumping the white poles. It's also a fun project to paint jumps I like to get all different colours and go crazy lol.
    07-12-2010, 04:23 AM
Thanks everyone :] My heels and leg and over jumping used to be my biggest problem which I was working on a lot yesterday while jumping. I am hoping that I can show him in a jumper show before he sells as I think it would be a really fun experience.

As for the natural wood poles, painting them is a good idea, I will bring it up with my friend. That jump where we look horrible was the only one he had issues with that day though and during the second day as you can see in two of the pictures we used the same wood poles on top of the white ones and he did great. A big issue with him is that he absolutely, 100% can't stand jumping little jumps, he just hates them and won't even hardly try. But as I said I will look into painting them :] We don't use them too often generally.
    07-12-2010, 01:59 PM

Very nice! I'm wanting to start training my horse how to jump just for fun. What breed is he? And how old?
    07-12-2010, 02:01 PM
Originally Posted by abbyshamrock    
Very nice! I'm wanting to start training my horse how to jump just for fun. What breed is he? And how old?
Junior is a Canadian Thoroughbred and he just turned 21 in May :] Jumping is about the only thing he enjoys doing anymore...except western, my friend does western with him and from what she has said he likes it.
    07-12-2010, 02:06 PM
You both look like your having fun! I agree with the posters above about critique. And if you don't mind me by asking where did he go before when he came back in april?

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