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post #11 of 35 Old 05-26-2010, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Ok Kim I didn't want to continue to hijack your thread about you and Nelson So I'm picking up back on this one...here's a video from tonight...we were practicing our 3 pt. But didn't get much video of that. But there was a fun little xc jump my friend and I set up a few weeks back that I took Sandie over! Although MAN has the grass sprouted up FAST lately!!! We almost didn't see the darn jump!

Anyway, first things first I noticed that I REALLY hunch my shoulders, which is the very first thing my trainer picked up on...but it is going to take awhile to correct I think, because it's such a habit and feels "right" to me since I kind of taught myself that way all along I feel like instead of bending SLIGHTLY forward and really using my arms to release, I barely release and instead try to use my upper body to release, but I basically just hunch my shoulders and that keeps my arms forward.

So the good news is that I'm not catching her in the mouth which is what I was trying to teach myself early on...the bad news is that I taught myself the wrong way lol

Anyway, here's the video...feel free to call me the hunchback of NE Ohio lol!!!


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post #12 of 35 Old 05-27-2010, 10:42 PM
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Ok, seroiusly - you're not that bad, honestly. We all have our issues, trust me - and yes, they are hard to break. Just as David O'Connor says, it takes 1,000x of repetative work to just fix 1 bad habit. It takes time, it takes work.

With your shoulders - just tell yourself to lift your heart up. Now, of course you cannot physically lift your heart up, that's just silly lol - but what you can do is adjust your upper body to make you feel like you are lifting your heart up.

Lift your diaphram, bring your shoulders back and push your chest out - but it's much simpler to just say "lift your heart up" - also, getting into that functional 3 point will help you out as well.

My suggestion to you - is start doing alot of work on your positions. You need to work alot on standing up in your irons and work on getting yourself balanced over your feet. Work on strengthening those legs and your core. Then transition between standing up in your irons, into a functional 3 point. Nothing changed from the 2 positions - only your much closer to your saddle. When you've strengthened those legs of yours and that core, you'll find transitioning between your functional 3 point into your jumping position to be much easier, than where you are now.

Right now, you're losing your lower leg, and jumping ahead.

When you are out hacking, stand up in your irons. Really work on finding your balance with our legs under you. Find your core, find that sweet spot. Work on it at a walk, trot and canter - you need that before you start on your functional 3 point.

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I agree with Kim. Jumping position becomes easier when you're core and legs are strengthened up! Just do all of your endurance work (trot and canter sets and hacking out) in your half seat and galloping position. Transition between half seat (what Kim calls 3-point), galloping position, and your jumping position. It will hurt, ALOT, at first, but soon it will become really easy!

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post #14 of 35 Old 05-28-2010, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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thanks girls! :) wonderful advice as always!
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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 2nd PLACE WINNING AT YOUR HT THIS WEEKEND GIRLY!!!

*stands up and applaudes*

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post #16 of 35 Old 05-30-2010, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks kim!!! I posted in the horse show section about it too ;)
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*joins in the applause* oh and eighth at a hunter pace ain't so bad either! ;)

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haha thanks stormy ;)
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Ok some improvement in yesterday's jump session


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post #20 of 35 Old 06-05-2010, 10:01 PM
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The first thing I noticed is that you don't support her much through the corners. Think of it as a dressage corner. Gosh, this is my huge problem. I just DROP Geof through corners. Not. Good. Hello refusalville.

Your position looks really good though! Oh, and have I mentioned that I love your pony? Cause I do!

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