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post #1 of 6 Old 04-19-2011, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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yet another jumping critique wanted pleeease :)

hi i havent jumped since i came off in the summer and decided to give it another go..... hha bearing in mind ive never actually had what you would call an instructor, what do you think of my position? and how the hell can i help her tuck over jumps? she looks like her hooves wiegh a ton each hahah
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-19-2011, 07:01 PM
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Well, I am not a jumper but this is what I see:

I see daylight behind your knee, so I know that you have so much calf on that your knee is coming off. Rather than calf on, get your heel down. That will discourage you from clamping onto her side (and this may be one reason that she is not offering any bascule over that jump.) Bascule is the gently ark of the horse's body that comes when they really use their hind end and abdominal muscles to lift the back and front end. Some horse's have natural bascule and others don't. I would guess that maybe your horse is not naturally built to have good bascule. Her not being able to lift her knee up can also be markedly affected by her conformation.

However, if she has plenty of room up front to use her head and neck as a counter weight in the jumping process, she will do better. Is that a hackamore you are using. ? Got to give a radical release , I think.

I don't see that you pony is getting hurt or anything, but I dont' think I see a lot of confidence there.

What will happen if you hit the pole with her feet? The barrel will fall over, no?
Will she take a mongo spook at that?
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-19-2011, 07:26 PM
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Tinylily said pretty much everything about your position!

She is getting a bit close - Put a ground pole under the jump, so that she can see where the jump starts, and a canter pole a stride before, to help you both know when to take off.

As for knees, that will come later, use pointer poles and gridwork to create a better bascule and neater jump, but first work on your striding and approach Good job though, look forwards to seeing your progress!
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-20-2011, 03:34 AM Thread Starter
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hahah im trying to work out if that daylight under my knee or the way the lights hitting the saddle infront of my knee... hahah i definatley dont think i ever took my knee off ..... hahah and if i hit the pole the pole falls down not the barrel. lol
i remember this day i was either being launched or bunny hopped i have another photo of a bunny hop if you would like to see it hahahah and then looking at the photos i realised the ground pole was missing! *slaps forehead* hahah thankyou for the critiques i will try and get some more photos when i think there has been a lil improvment
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Your own position is very good, if I were nitpicking I could come up with a few things, but it would be nitpicking.

Have you asked for more of a jump? As I see a lazy horse just doing what they need to, or it could be maxed out, no way to know without further info.

And I agree with putting out a ground pole but it has to be the correct spacing for your pony.
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hahah yoli is an excelent jumper but i hold her back she gets extreamly excited this jump was taken from trot i think.... cant remember but that could be why shes looking lazy lol im slowly getting my confidence back and have done a few jumps from canter. there is usualy a ground pole but for someone had moved it and me being silly didnt notice. haha thankyou
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