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post #1 of 9 Old 04-21-2008, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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critique my jumping

Hey everyone could you please critique me and my new horse sparky, this jump is the first time i have jumped him at my house, i have other pics that i will put on later thanks in advance

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-23-2008, 09:17 PM
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helpful hints....

First if your looking down... look up!! it could become a big problem once you get to higher heights. also- try to stay more in the saddle... but looks good if this is on a new horsey!! good luck with him :P
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-23-2008, 11:32 PM
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No critique from me. You have quite a cute looking horse
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-05-2008, 02:40 AM
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looks good, but i have a few things and none of this is ment in a rude way.

1. LOOK UP!!!! if you look at the ground thats where you'll end up.
2. give more with your hands, when you start jumping higher your horse will need more rein to land nicely without you pulling on his mouth.
3. sit closer to the saddle and stick ya bum out more, and your body closer to the horses neck
4. keep your lower leg stronger and a bit more forward.
5. hands a bit further up the neck especially when you jumping higher.

but overall nice :) :) :)
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-05-2008, 10:24 AM
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Move your leg forward, & keep your eye forward too. Straight ahead. :)

Very cute horse!

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post #6 of 9 Old 05-05-2008, 04:19 PM
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Try a smidge longer rein, so your horse and reach over the fence so that he can learn to use himself correctly. In this picture you're jumping ahead, which can be not only dangerous but can cause alot of inconsistancies throughout your ride. Scoot your butt towards the back of your saddle, and bend at your hip. I can't quite tell if you need to shorten your stirrups a hole, but you might want to so that you don't get the sensation that you're pushing your feet against the stirrups to get out of the saddle. Instead, butt back, hips bent, and when your horse jumps, allow him to close the angle between you and his neck, and close the angles of your legs and your hips being bent. :)
Also, don't grip with your knees or your heels, use your lower leg to secure youself.
It's great that you are holding mane, and not using his mouth for stabilization, and it looks to me anyway that you are looking up.
Other than that it looks like you're off to a great start!
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-05-2008, 06:12 PM
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sparky looks really good :) nicely tucked and collected :)

your position does worry me a tad though. i say this because you look a little flimsy in the saddle in this shot. it looks as though if anything happened you would fall right out of the saddle. this concerns me a bit.

everyone else has given good advice. work on locking your lower leg in place and watching up where you are going. your peripheral vision will help you see where the jump is in front of you because as said, if you look at the ground there is a high chance you will end up there :) try some exercises off of your horse to help strengthen your lower leg

for a jump of this size you are definitely too far out of the saddle too. let the motion of the horse moving forward bring you forward in your saddle. your bum should be a lot closer to the saddle and your position a little more down from the shoulders. your upper body should be somewhat parallel to his neck without leaning on it.

your release could be a tiny but more but when you get the right position its easier to slide your hands up a little to give that release more comfortably

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-05-2008, 06:15 PM
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You seem ahead of your horse.

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-06-2008, 08:37 AM
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every one has pointed out the problems, so im not here to critique.

First of all lovely horse , and next if that you in your dp you postition seems correct, so maybe it could be the small jump, dont know. but nice looing horse
Katiii your first point, is exactly what my instructor says lol
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