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post #1 of 12 Old 02-22-2011, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation XC riding critique please!!!!

This is me and my old T.B. Gelding on XC. What do you think of our position?
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-22-2011, 09:30 PM
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you guys look pretty good - similar to me you look like you tend to have your butt a hare high and you are a smidge in front of the motion but nothing major by any means considering the fence you are going over.

You knee is off the front of the knee roll though which makes me wonder if your saddle really fits your length of leg (btw im jealous I want long legs!).

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you guys look pretty good - similar to me you look like you tend to have your butt a hare high and you are a smidge in front of the motion but nothing major by any means considering the fence you are going over.

You knee is off the front of the knee roll though which makes me wonder if your saddle really fits your length of leg (btw im jealous I want long legs!).
THANKS!! We were going about 450 mpm over that jump. So it was a little... WOW!!! Do you event?
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yes and I used to jump WAY ahead til my horse got overexcted and one show and basically galloped all the BN course (and tried to do novice instead). Taught me to go back to my core solid eventer position in about oh one jump haha!

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your position is wonderful for show jumping, might be a bit over exaggerated for xc but that's not a bad bad thing! I just like a more relaxed position over xc jumps so its a preference thing :) Your horse is a cute little jumper! You two seem to make an excellent team :)

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you look really good except for being a tad in front of the motion and I think part of that is coming from the saddle fit.. ur knee is over the saddle and so ur gripping more with the back of ur calf and its turning your toe out and I would try to bend just a wee bit more at the hip it will help you stay with the horses motion

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you 2 look awesome =)
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you 2 look awesome =)
thanks!
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Yea the only thing I noticed was your knees were a bit over the rolls. Other than that good job
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The first thing that I thought of when seeing this was 'FAST'. You two look like a powerful team!

I too am questioning your saddle fit here, although it looks as if you had dropped your stirrup a hole and sunk your heel your leg might slide back into place. I really do appreciate that you've managed to keep your leg underneath of you, even though its doing some wonky things! Also, just watch that your foot does not slide that far into the stirrup all the time as that is quite dangerous. Try to keep it on the ball of your foot, angled slightly towards your horse.

I think that by getting your leg back in place, that should the problem of you being a little bit ahead of the motion; to get your crotch centered over the seat of the saddle, rather than over the pommel.

I like how big of a release you gave your horse here, as he definitely used it to his advantage. However, dropping your elbows below the crest has caused your upper body to tip forward towards his neck, so your bum is higher than your shoulders. I generally like to see the rider's upper body parallel to their horse's, so for a proper crest release, keep your fore-arm parallel to your horse's crest.

I also really like how you both are focused, but have a 'no big deal' look on your faces! You have a nice flat back and are looking ahead. Great job!

As for your horse, he looks like quite a fun ride! He looks athletic and well muscled, and certainly knows his job! He's left the ground evenly with his hind legs and his loose looking knees are just the result of him being past the center of the jump. I really like your coordinating colours and the overall professional look about you... Fabulous!

Thanks for sharing :)


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