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Judge my form and my horses?

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    12-13-2011, 08:56 PM
Judge my form and my horses?

I know I really need to work on my leg...
Sorry I'm new.. trying to get pics up...
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    12-13-2011, 08:58 PM
No piccies!! Or vids!! How can anyone tell!! :P
    12-13-2011, 09:14 PM
Here r the pics:)

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    12-14-2011, 05:56 AM
The pictures aren't great so it's a little hard to tell, and I am no expert! But...

In some of the pictures it looks like you're jumping ahead of your horse. You look like you're over the pommel. It's hard to explain, but you need to close your hip angle and stay over the seat of the saddle, rather than stand in your stirrups and push forwards. Your bum should still come out of the saddle but remain over the seat
    12-14-2011, 02:56 PM
I used to be an over the pommel type myself. One thing my instructor told me that really helped. Instead of going forward to meet the horse's head (jumping ahead) "push" the horse away with your hands. This helps to keep your balance back over the center of the saddle yet allows for the proper release. By pushing away you may also find your leg will tend to stay in the proper position as when you move forward to "meet the horse's head", the leg will almost naturally slide back.
    12-14-2011, 04:45 PM
Do you have any better pics ?
    12-15-2011, 08:25 AM
You're literally laying on your horse's neck and are in front of the pommel. You want your center of gravity to be with the horse's, not in front of it. If your horse had stopped or ducked at the jump, you probably would've gone flying . It looks like (but the pictures are blurry so I can't tell 100%) that your toes are turned out. That creates a pinching with the back of your calves. While you don't want to force your toes to point forward (that could create pinching with your knees), you want to try to keep the sides of your calves softly against the saddle flaps. Lastly, your back is hollow, work on keeping it flat. That will be easier once you're able to jump with your horse instead of in front of him.

Good job on keeping your head up and looking forward ! That's one of the hardest things to do since it's instinctive to look down. Your horse has nice form, but seems to be jumping flat in a few of the pictures. This could be because the jumps aren't challenging enough for him, or because he's trying to compensate for your center of gravity being in front of his (or a combo of both).

Good luck!
    12-15-2011, 05:16 PM
After taking anopther look, it also looks like your irons are too long..your knee angle is nearly straight. Try shortening them a whole or two..remember, at normal length the iron should hit the ankle bone when the foot is out of the iron and the leg relaxed down; when jumping, you want them a hole shorter. This will also help keep you out of the saddle and better balanced in the jump sequence as it aids in helping to keep your heel down which in turn increases your stability while in two-point. :)
    12-15-2011, 06:14 PM
What is the saying..a picture is worth a thousand words....
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    12-17-2011, 06:28 PM
Stirrups are waaaaay too long.

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