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    11-20-2013, 10:01 PM
Judge my child !

She is 11 yrs old, has been jumping for 1 year, she is coached by her dad (my hubby) She is in his saddle so it may look a bit big for her.

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    11-21-2013, 12:03 AM
I'm not going to critique as I'm not experienced enough in jumping (although I do like her position), but I have to say she and a horse look like a good team. And I'm impressed with the great achievement in just a year!
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    11-21-2013, 01:50 AM
She looks excellent for someone who has been jumping for a year! I'd like to see her shift her weight back a little bit, her leg forward a tiny bit and keep her toes forward rather than out to the sides but otherwise she looks lovely!
    11-21-2013, 01:53 AM
She looks great to me! Nice heal and solid leg position- good release over the jump. I would like to see a lighter rein over the jump. I wouldn't want the horse to catch his mouth on the landing.

Of course it isn't the same as a video, but she looks much better than many of the kids around here!
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    11-21-2013, 02:23 AM
I disagree with a lighter hand, I don't like to see riders get in the habit of loose connection over the jump. Without a video of her coming down it's impossible to say whether she needs a lighter contact or not, her release is great for the size of the jump and the point over the jump they're at.
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    11-21-2013, 10:05 AM
What a talented young lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First of all I LOVE her outfit! I like a neat, put together outfit whether lessoning, hacking or showing! I like her hands also, a very nice release for where she is as a rider. She's on a big/powerful horse with a nice jump and she's staying with him well. I would like to see her leg come forward slightly which will increase her support. Her shoulders could come up a little bit. More strength/support with the upper body will come with a stronger, more slightly forward lower leg. I love that she is looking up to her next fence and has a very determined look on her face. I would guess she is good at self discipline and has a lot spirit and dedication to the sport and her horse. This horse is wonderful!!!!!!!!! He looks like a wonderful partner for her to move up levels riding. I think she will go very far in her riding career. Does she show now? What are her goals for the year?
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    11-21-2013, 10:17 AM
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For her age and her length of time doing this I think she's great
I don't think she needs to shift her weight back at all - she's riding in a very oversized saddle which makes it look as if she should
If the horse is strong then she would do better to move her arms forwards to give him more freedom of head rather than give more length of rein - she does have him a bit too tight though its obviously not affecting his action
She could have her toes more forwards but he is a big horse for her and that might be having a bearing on that - but its only a really minor thing - they aren't out at right angles and her leg is nicely around the horse
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    11-21-2013, 03:13 PM
Wolfetrap - yes, she is showing now, she is doing the medium pony hunters (see pic) the horse is our stallion, Bennington and her goal is to one day to the junior jumpers with him. Your description of her is right on, she is a very disciplined girl and she reads everything she can about Georges Morris so she makes sure to always have a good turn-out .
This is her and her pony Captain Cassanova:

    02-03-2014, 04:39 PM
IMHO. There is something about the elbow to bit line that looks, maybe tight? And I agree she looks a little to much forward in the seat, as the picture shows. But still really good. Carry on and practice. :)
    02-03-2014, 04:43 PM
She's doing incredibly well for only a year of jumping...

I won't be a broken record outside of toes forward and not out. Keep up the wonderful work!

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