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post #1 of 6 Old 08-18-2012, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Bareback Jumping Critique Wanted

I am a self taught jumper, and am looking forsome critique. I already am aware of my AWFUL leg positions, but anything else I'm missing here? Any critique is welcome, really tear me apart here. The sorrel has a bony back, and the bay isn't really jumping the barrels longways, there was a crossrail set up between the 2 barrels. :)
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-18-2012, 01:05 AM
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You know your leg position :) Don't grip your your knees so much, that will help that.

Your release looks okay in the first photos but you could give the bay some more rein, looks like you are balancing more with your hands.

For a self taught jumper you look pretty good, and I'm not an expert by any means. Love the horses too!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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gripping with my knees. Looking back, that seems like what was making the jumping so awkward. Thank you!
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-18-2012, 01:15 AM
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I'm not extremely experienced, so I'm going to hold off on critiquing your position, but I do have a few 'safety' points.
For me, helmets are a personal choice, but please at least consider wearing one, at least when jumping. As long as you're over 18, I tend to think it's up to you.
However, there are two things I want to point out that are more about your horse's safety. First thing- you're jumping the bay in a bit that has shanks. Those shanks can really hurt your horse's mouth if you were to make a mistake and catch your horse in the mouth. Finally, the chestnut jumping the barrels- you want to sort of create a chute with poles wedged behind the barrel. This is to prevent the barrel from rolling and getting tangled in the horse's legs if they catch a leg on it. Not to be the debbie downer, but jumping (well, riding in general) is dangerous even when done with a saddle and under the instruction of a trainer, and it shouldn't be taken lightly- just because there haven't been problems yet doesn't mean you'll always be in the clear.
Other than that, have fun, enjoy jumping and be safe. (: I'm sure others will help you position wise, just wanted to let you know what I saw.
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I do the same thing when I jump, particularly bareback. It's hard to find the balance to keep a position without gripping. I find that if I can get someone to lunge the horse over the jumps so I don't have to think so much and I can just focus on the position it helps. ^^
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-18-2012, 01:49 AM
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Tips by an experienced rider

the pik explains it all just do the same with all the jumps. Try to keep ur hands more forward thought with the bay horse.

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