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post #1 of 7 Old 09-05-2009, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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What do you think..

of my position?

Background: Lets just say, I dont jump (much). This was my first real 'jumping orientated' lesson in over 8 months. I usually do gridwork with trot poles etc, but mostly focus on my flatwork :)

As a very late jumper (I'm almost 19), I'm still not entirely confident over even these little jumps, but I'm hoping with much more practice I will start to get the hang of it.

Any constructive criticism would be fantastic :) Yes, it is a dressage saddle (as I did quite a bit of that before jumping), and I am soooo aware my heels are not down enough ;) After every jump I told my instructor that they were up and how annoyed I was at myself!

I know its a difficult angle, but do you think I'm lifting out of the saddle enough? I know alot of people have problems over jumping, but I'm concerned that at the moment I am doing the opposite?

Bec (and Socks!).

PS: Socks does not belong to me, so be pleasant towards him at least :) He deserves a million carrots to have put up with me that day!
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-05-2009, 04:45 AM
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you look pretty good! I know next to nothing about jumping... But from what i have seen your stirrups need to be a lot shorter so that your a bit mor up off his back/ neck. I can't really tell if your hold his mane but it looks like it so that would also be a no no. But really again I don't know much about jumping and when i jump i don't use a saddle and its normally logs out in the middle of the woods. super cute horse!! looks a little chubby, lol!
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-05-2009, 05:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comments! :) Yep, I did need to shorten them a bit, as I didnt do it after the dressage stuff. Will remember that for next time! And no, I'm not holding onto his mane.. but I can see how it looks like it! He has such a long mane.. often gets in the way a bit at times!
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-05-2009, 11:43 AM
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You look pretty good! I agree you could be a bi more out of the tack, but not too much. Your heels need to be down more, but not horrible, you are looking up, straight back, nice release. Elbows are looking a bit "chickeny" so keep them in, but otherwise you look nice

And grabbing mane is actually fin when you start jumping, it's better then catching them in the mouth. I still grab mane every now and then if I get left behind, I don't want to catch my greenie in the mouth and punish him for saving my tush, lol
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-05-2009, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Ahh the chicken wings!!! Gotta fix those ones for sure. Thanks so much for your critiques guys. Much appreciated.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-05-2009, 06:26 PM
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I think you look pretty good.

I see that you are reaching for your toes, but as already mentioned, that is because your leathers are a little too long. You should beable to sink your weight into your heels so that they can anchor you in your tack. Due to this you've also lost your leg - but so what, you're doing a small fence and are just started out - aside from that I think you look pretty good.

I think you are just right in your tack, you aren't doing anything big and there is absolutely no need to be throwing yourself up and out of your tack while your horse is taking off at the base of the fence. You want to allow your horse to lift you out of your tack when his hind feet leave the ground, not before, not after.

You are just right. I love your hip angle, I love your release, I love that you are looking up and ahead.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-05-2009, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou so much MIEventer :) I really had no idea what response I was going to get back from all these experienced jumping folk (as I really dont know much about it myself!), but I've been pleasantly suprised. You've given me a new found confidence. I will remember everything you've said for next lesson.

So thankyou!
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