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post #1 of 13 Old 08-10-2009, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Critique Please!!!

Hi everyone! Looking for some pointers! I'm still fairly new to jumping, did alot last summer but have no arena so not much since then...now the rain is letting up and making for good footing again and I need alot of work! I know a couple things I'm doing wrong or could do better, but looking for outside opinions and advise! All I have is backyard ponies and homemade jumps, nothing fancy and no coach...never go over 2'3-2'6. And before I get flamed, yes, I should have a helmet on. I'm aware of the risk and choose not to, I'm 23 and allowed to go without. SO, without further adeu, I give you me and Flika, my mom's rather chubby 14hh Quarab mare!

Warming up over a crossrail


I know I'm WAY forward in this one!




About 1'3 here


And again, WAY forward!


Little better?


And once over 2'-2'3


I know I need work, so let me have it! LOL any pointers would be more than appreciated! Also, keep in mind this mare is 11 years old and almost entirely a trail horse! LOL brought her back into work this spring after a minor leg injury last winter, so yeah...she's hefty!

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-10-2009, 01:32 AM
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release with you r hands ON the horse, and sit down more in your seat so your not standing
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-10-2009, 08:53 PM
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yes i agree release ur hands and sit more in ur seat!

good luck!
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-10-2009, 09:27 PM
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You need to get your shoulders back more (you may need to grab higher on the rains), and make sure you keep your hands on your horse, grab on to the main if you need to until it becomes habit!
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-10-2009, 09:37 PM
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I know I'm WAY forward in this one!




About 1'3 here


And again, WAY forward!


Little better?


And once over 2'-2'3

It seems the whole time you've been in a chair seat. Maybe try raising your sturrips a notch or two and practice sinking into your heels.

You have absolutely NO release whatsoever. Don't be afraid to touch your horse's neck. It's good to keep your hands off as much as possible, but that's usually done once you get better balance.

Do not jump for your horse. Let your horse do the work. Don't rise out of your saddle till your horse's front end begins to rise.

Horse: Not meant in a nasty way of course, but this horse (or at least from the pictures) has a sloppy front end. Flukes happen. She's very likely to catch a hoove in between the poles. I personally would refrain from jumping with stable chairs like that. Do you have any jump cups? Or maybe place the pole on top of a cinder-block so it can freely come off if horse bumps it.

If you want to argue that she isn't sloppy check out her back end. If you look at pictures of any horses jumping, their back feet are always together and square. This horse hasn't a clue. Would work with calvelettis first.

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First off, thank you. I asked for honesty, and that's what I got!

I know my release is bad, she only goes in a hackamore and the chain is somewhat loose on her chin so although it may LOOK like I'm reefing on her in a couple of the pics, I promise I'm not. For the release, are you guys refering to a crest release? Kinda pick a spot on her neck, place my hands there, and stay there til she lands? My release is better with a snaffle but this mare refuses any bit, behaves with the hack...

I'm having more issues with this horse moreso than the other mare because she's so compact with such a short neck that by the time I'm even a little out of the saddle, I'm smelling her ears...I'm not too BIG per se so much as too tall. If I shorten my stirups, I end up WAY in front of her...a 42" leg is hard to comprimise with...thinking I should just stick to the other mare! I'll try raising them and working on my leg a bit though...and we DO go over ground poles and such, only they're fenceposts laying down instead of actual caveletti!

As for Flika...I know she's not "neat". She's a trail horse...which is why we're sticking to crossrails and low jumps. Not planning to go 3' hunters with her, just a little fun in the yard. And the chairs, they tip over if the horse sneezes on them, nevermind bumping them...sorry if I sound rude but I asked for critiques on myself, not the horse.

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If you look at pictures of any horses jumping, their back feet are always together and square. This horse hasn't a clue. Would work with calvelettis first.
I agree with a lot of what you posted, Flika is not a jumper. She's a trail horse, patient enough to tolerate our experiences. However, I disagree 110% with this statement. She's jumping CROSSRAILS. If a horse is launching off with both back legs square, he's over jumping. I don't disagree she's sloppy, but her backend isn't far off what the vast majority of horses do over crossrails. She's moreso cantering over them then jumping. She needs to tighten up with her front end, not start launching double barrel over two inch crossrails.

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I'm having more issues with this horse moreso than the other mare because she's so compact with such a short neck that by the time I'm even a little out of the saddle, I'm smelling her ears...I'm not too BIG per se so much as too tall. If I shorten my stirups, I end up WAY in front of her...a 42" leg is hard to comprimise with...thinking I should just stick to the other mare! I'll try raising them and working on my leg a bit though...and we DO go over ground poles and such, only they're fenceposts laying down instead of actual caveletti!
If you end up by her ears, no matter how tall you are, then you're not using the correct muscles and standing in your stirrups. You need to bend at the hip, i'm 5'11 and ride a pony in the jumpers i know it's not easy () but if you're jumping correctly you should be fine. I think you'll find it much easier to bring your leg back and under you if you ride with your stirrups up a few holes.
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I agree...your leg is too far out in front of you, and you are also sitting all the way back on your saddle. You want to be in the center of your saddle (not all the way back, and not over the pommel). You want to close your hip angle and let your horse jump up to you and close it the rest of the way (however, over these little jumps that probably won't, or need, to happen). Don't jump out in front of the saddle. Always stay over the center. Try to keep your hands soft, following, and low. Good luck!
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She's jumping CROSSRAILS.
It dosen't matter. Horses can still jump crossrails without over-jumping.

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