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post #1 of 16 Old 06-21-2014, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hello All!! :)

I am back again, asking for critique! If anybody here saw my last critique, this is at the same venue as the last. We did the same division, and I'd love if you guys could give some critique for me and the horse!
I have both YouTube and pictures.

If you watch the video, I'm begging you, watch at least two courses (there are three in the video). The first course we had was very rough, and I'm expecting tons and tons of critisism for it. Of course, that is exactly why I put it in there; I want to improve! Do watch the second course listed if you have time please, so you don't think I'm completely insane

I also have pictures of some of our fences for those who don't wish to watch the video. Any and all critique is welcome, even if it's the tiniest thing. I also have a question; am I ready to begin automatic releasing?? My trainer hasn't brought it up yet, but I really, really want to get away from the crest release as soon as I can. If you believe I'm ready for it and have some tips for me to learn it, I would bake you several virtual cookies :)

Without further ado, enjoy! Thank you all in advance!
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-22-2014, 12:16 AM
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I can't see too much from either the photos or videos that scream at me, other than the fact that I LOVE your horse's jump.
The first round was rough, but good for you for circling for control. Better to have a clear round where you stay on than to have a horse running around all bat-sh!t crazy. He looked like he stretched out more over the jumps too in the other courses (I saw all 3). The first one he had a few awkward jumps, which didn't seem to be anything you could have controlled anyway.
I'm sure others will have more to say, but it looks like he's a blast to ride! Keep it up!
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I think the main two contributors to the roughness of the first trip was one, you tend to drop your shoulders at him at the base of the jumps, especially when you don't get a grat distance, and two, his pace is changing a lot, especially losing pace through turns then moving up a lot at the jumps.

I looks like you got jumped loose at the jumps prior to the circles because when you got in deep, you dropped your shoulders and got ahead of him. Keep your shoulders back, keep your leg supporting and wait for him to jump up to you and those deep distances will go better. Additionally, you'll find less deep distances if you focus on keeping the same pace around the course. By the third course, especially at the end, you were keeping a much better, more forward pace. Since he didn't lose his canter through the turns, and he didn't then want to drag you to the jumps, you found them much better. You're better off keeping the same canter through the turn then half halting out of the turn to rebalance before the jump.

He looks like a fun, honest guy! Good luck with him!
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-22-2014, 03:55 AM
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I am just cheering for you and you much improved 2nd 3rd rounds. You are such a tough lil trooper! I'd be thrilled to do half, no , a fourth as well.
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You and Cowboy look fab! He has a wicked jump, maybe I won't post my crit after all, I don't think my fat cob would stand up to this... :)
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I can't provide critique because you're way above my skill level. I do know a good test for determining if you are ready for the auto release. Jump while holding your reins with just your thumb and first fingers. It takes all ability to balance on the reins out of the equation. If you can jump like that, you are ready for the auto release.
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You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Should mention that exercise is to be done in an auto release fashion, not crest.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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@SirComet -- Thank you very much. That was actually the first time he had jumped that day (It was a warm-up round, which is why I was allowed to take it twice. I hated jumping him that high as his first, but we got there a bit late, so we didn't really have options :c We warmed up on the flat well). Therefore, I wanted to take that course as easily as possible. It clearly didn't turn out that way, but I wasn't about to fly around the course like a bat out of he!! Just to snag a ribbon. He is extremely fun to ride, and thank you for your lovely compliments! :)

@KWPNowner -- Thank you very much for your input. My trainer did say that the main problem was me dropping my shoulders, which is a HUGE problem for me. Any tips on helping that?
Okay, sit back, wait for him to jump, got it. Keep the pace *through* the turn. Okay, thank you very much. I will keep that in mind!

@Tiny -- Aw, such great compliments from such a great Forum-er! Thank you so much :)

@Celeste -- Oh come on, you and Kai could totally rock that course! I can see it!

@Puck -- Thank you very much for the test, I will definitely try that and see where I'm at. Find it hard to believe that I am above your skill level though, you are simply a fabulous rider from what I've seen!

(Really crossing my fingers that Allison Finch and company find their way here to comment ...)

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@Puck -- Thank you very much for the test, I will definitely try that and see where I'm at. Find it hard to believe that I am above your skill level though, you are simply a fabulous rider from what I've seen!
Thanks Jumperx, but you haven't seen my jumping!! I still can barely negotiate a 2'3" course. I'm one of those who knows tons, but can no necessarily do it.
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I'm one of those who knows tons, but can no necessarily do it.
That's just like me! I know a ton, but for some reason, I can't get my body to work with my knowledge.

I think in the first round you were both tense. Your shoulder issues probably contributed to this. He was definitely rushy and all over the place. Is he like this all the time in the first round or was it just this particular show? He may need some lunging or some extra time in the warm-up ring before your class if he's routinely rushy and tense during the first class. The other two rounds looked like he really calmed down and started to get into a pace.

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