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post #11 of 23 Old 01-30-2011, 11:42 AM
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She really grips her legs when doing her two point between fences.

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She really grips her legs when doing her two point between fences.
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If you can, get out to as many shows as you can, both AQHA and non-AQHA shows. The more in-ring practice you get, the less nervous you will be by the time Worlds rolls around. Falls and rails happen! We live and learn from them.

When I rode jumpers, unless it was a speed round, I treat it like I'm riding a jumper equitation course. Focus more on putting in a correct ride, and tighten up the turns where you can. Treat the first round of the Mini Prixs (or "Grand Prixs" in this case) like any other jumper course. Just because it's a special class, you don't need to panic in the first round. The jump offs are where you can really shine, if you have a very handy horse.

For me, I felt that if my rides weren't coming together in the jumper ring, I'd go back and play in the hunters for a while. Hunters will keep you honest, if anything, and a change of scenery can be nice.
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If you can, get out to as many shows as you can, both AQHA and non-AQHA shows. The more in-ring practice you get, the less nervous you will be by the time Worlds rolls around. Falls and rails happen! We live and learn from them.

When I rode jumpers, unless it was a speed round, I treat it like I'm riding a jumper equitation course. Focus more on putting in a correct ride, and tighten up the turns where you can. Treat the first round of the Mini Prixs (or "Grand Prixs" in this case) like any other jumper course. Just because it's a special class, you don't need to panic in the first round. The jump offs are where you can really shine, if you have a very handy horse.

For me, I felt that if my rides weren't coming together in the jumper ring, I'd go back and play in the hunters for a while. Hunters will keep you honest, if anything, and a change of scenery can be nice.
Great post Lucifer! Great advice and well said

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If you can, get out to as many shows as you can, both AQHA and non-AQHA shows. The more in-ring practice you get, the less nervous you will be by the time Worlds rolls around. Falls and rails happen! We live and learn from them.

When I rode jumpers, unless it was a speed round, I treat it like I'm riding a jumper equitation course. Focus more on putting in a correct ride, and tighten up the turns where you can. Treat the first round of the Mini Prixs (or "Grand Prixs" in this case) like any other jumper course. Just because it's a special class, you don't need to panic in the first round. The jump offs are where you can really shine, if you have a very handy horse.

For me, I felt that if my rides weren't coming together in the jumper ring, I'd go back and play in the hunters for a while. Hunters will keep you honest, if anything, and a change of scenery can be nice.
I don't get nervous at any show really, it's just the world show. I think I get a weird mixture of nervous and excitement and just get a huge adrenaline rush! We go to soo many shows, its insane. And we're really good at the mini grand prixs, versus the AQHA jumpers at the regular shows, because the grand prix's are more straight aways, and spread out. When AQHA jumpers at a regular show is more tight turns. My horse is huge and does some pretty tight turns for his size, but the girl at my barn who I compete with at the regular shows can turn on a dime. But, if it's a straight away course with a turn or two, I beat her almost every time.

It seems like at the World and Congress, they try to make their jumper course like the "grand prix", which it should be. The congress was basically all straight aways, long distances, wider (for aqha) oxers and sweedish oxers, with one "small" turn.

This was my winning goes from the 2010 Congress.

I don't need critique on my horse, or myself. I know what we both did wrong, and what we needed to (and did) improve on.

He was not collected, I was pulling on him, and he looks off, which he wasn't.
Please no rude comments(: I got enough hell on this video on COTH.
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I remember you from coth! And no, it isn't a very nice place the post for critique.
I love that feeling of adrenaline. And it sounds like you are already on the right track, so keep going and good luck at the shows this year!
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I remember you from coth! And no, it isn't a very nice place the post for critique.
I love that feeling of adrenaline. And it sounds like you are already on the right track, so keep going and good luck at the shows this year!
Thank you!! I really appreciate it(: they were so freaking rude!! I hate it when people try to tell me things about my horse when they dont even know him. It's ridiculous.
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If you ever need some good entertainment when you are bored, take a look at their Archives at the bottom of the forum. Lots of good popcorn drama there!

To be fair, there is some very good critique from some highly regarded professionals over there... Though a lot of critique comes from armchair jockeys.
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If you ever need some good entertainment when you are bored, take a look at their Archives at the bottom of the forum. Lots of good popcorn drama there!

To be fair, there is some very good critique from some highly regarded professionals over there... Though a lot of critique comes from armchair jockeys.
Yeah I suppose. With my experience over there, you can tell who the REAL professionals are, and who the people who think they know everything are. Just reading some of the posts shows how rude and completely ridiculous some people are.. It's insane.
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Good luck and have fun. Please, try to stop snatching your horse at the moment of takeoff on the jump. If your horse is too heaving on the forehand and you feel the need to "lighten" him, do half halts further from the jump to help him engage the haunch a bit. Taking your horse in heavy and snatching him will make it difficult to jump any larger jumps, especially at speed.
Sorry, I know you didn't ask for critique, but this will get in your way and you two do have tremendous promise. This is such a common mistake, often something that riders are trained to do.

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