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        08-11-2009, 05:57 PM
    Maybe you could try doing a two-point on the flat: walk, trot, and canter. It really helps because if your leg is out in front of you, you tip back into the saddle and if it is in back, you tip forwards. When you're doing that you can work on using a proper crest release- it's easier on the flat than jumping. Have you done any trot poles with her? It might help a little. You have a really flat back in all of the pictures.
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        08-11-2009, 06:19 PM
    (Are you and MacabreMikolaj friends? I'm seeing similarities in backgrounds compared to her critique photos!)

    Hmm... I think that I would try to get Flika used to working in a nice rhythmic trot/canter before approaching those jumps. In the video it looked like you were asking her to canter and she was just running away from your leg... but I guess she was just running! I would drill trotting in circles and figure 8s keeping the same pace, and then when you move to the canter I would work over canter poles until she felt confident enough that she wasn't rushing over them. To make it interesting, you could put a few trot poles in front of the jump, and then a pole after the jump to keep Flika's attention. (And your own! It's a bad habit to forget to keep riding after fences. I do it sometimes.)

    When you get to a point where both you and Flika are calmly (but still forwardly!) approaching a fence, I think you'll find it much easier to get the feel for how much you should get out of the saddle and bend at the hip.

    Overall very nice though! I like your leg/heel a lot.
        08-11-2009, 09:18 PM
    Thank you for all the advice, I do work on two point on the flat, mostly walk and trot. I have yet to really canter towards a jump for fear of them getting the striding wrong so what you saw in the video was her trying to rush at it, which is why my release with her kinda sucks! We do practise trot poles, have them set up in the yard. She goes over them usually nice and calm...might rush the first couple but then settles and evens out.

    And yes, MacabreMikolaj is actually my best friend and room mate! She keeps her 2 horses at my mom's farm, where I keep mine as well! I love friend AND ponies?! LOL

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