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        08-22-2008, 09:16 AM
      #1
    Foal
    What am I doing wrong?



    Guy's help. This doesn't look right!
         
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        08-22-2008, 09:42 AM
      #2
    Showing
    Personally I would like to see your toes facing a little more forward, your arm could be a little more in line with his mouth (straight line from his mouth to your elbow), maybe a little more contact with the bit. You may be a little too far forward. It's hard to tell from just one picture especially with writting across it.

    He looks scopy and calm over the jump. Maybe better if he took off a stride sooner.

    Just my $.02 for what that's worth.
         
        08-22-2008, 10:31 AM
      #3
    Yearling
    Put your hands forward a little bit, and 'toes to the nose'. Also, look up. Otherwise, you look pretty good. Nice horse, too.
         
        08-22-2008, 12:11 PM
      #4
    Started
    I agree, look UP, not at your horse. Toes forward. Hands up and more in line.

    Your horse is soo pretty. :P
         
        08-22-2008, 12:33 PM
      #5
    Trained
    It looks like you got into the base of the jump quite close.
    The reason for that is probably your eyes. The approach to the jump was probably a little fast and unbalanced, and instead of sitting back and relaxing down into the tack and counting your strides you leaned forward, pulled and did the deer in headlights look right at the jump. So your horse ran up to it, lept over it and all I can say is thank goodness you have wieght in your heels!

    What you really have to practice is distances distances distances. Put poles on the ground and count 3-2-1 to them until you have it perfect, then move to smaller jumps and focus on just keeping the jump in your pereferal vision, having soft eyes that are up and ahead of you. Keep your weight on the back half of the horse to balance him and keep you elbows soft. If he speeds up too much then sink your weight down and stall your seat instead of pulling. If his running becomes a problem then try bitting up to a pelham with two reins so you have added control with the leverage. But use the curb rein sparingly so he doesn't learn to lean on it. Once you have mastered this at a 60-70cm jump then you'll be back up to the 1.20m ++ quickly! You have a lovely horse and some good stick em in your seat and legs.
         
        08-23-2008, 12:52 AM
      #6
    Weanling
    Look up! And maybe a little more crest release. Your horse is very pretty.
         
        08-23-2008, 08:49 AM
      #7
    Foal
    Thanks guys!
    Well here's a picture of him going over the same jump. I think it's better?

    I have a problem with my toes, I seriously try so hard to tuck them in but I can't!!
    Has anyone had a problem like that?
         
        08-23-2008, 12:44 PM
      #8
    Foal
    With your toes, possibly because you have too much foot in your stirrup can contribute to this prolem. Really make sure you have the ball of your foot on the stirrup pad. Also I think you are jumping ahead. Stuff your butt back more towards your horses tail. That will make your whole position more balances, and prettier. Your relase is fine, it's just that you are tipped foward making your realse look a little non existance. I would say you could give more realease though if you tighten up those reins, which would be a good idea.
         
        08-23-2008, 02:50 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Try tightening your knees up a little more it looks like they are loos probably from your toes but to try fix the knees and then with the toes
         
        08-25-2008, 06:51 AM
      #10
    Foal
    I often try to shorten my reins but I have like a phobia that I pull my horse in the mouth.
    Lol ok. So toes in and shorter reins.
    Anything else?
         

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