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post #11 of 19 Old 10-24-2011, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SpottedDraftRider View Post
Yes and yes. Oh I'm sorry. That's ok, my brain doesn't seem to be cooperating either lol. From what I wrote and what I see, I thought you were a bit behind because you were so close to the back of the saddle. While in the other two pictures there was a bit more of gap between you and the saddle.
You are right, SpottedDraftRider, I got left behind just a bit in picture 2 and 3. What you don't see in this picture is the approach to this jump is an uphill slope, so both my mare and I were having trouble hitting the right spot on that jump. We'd come up the hill and have only a few canter strides to hit the right spot, we're just not that good yet lol. We've been getting better about it in our jump work this week though.

So, just to make sure I've got things straight, I need to just clean up my short crest release, work on pushing my heels down every time, don't tuck to low with my upper body, and work on the chicken elbows (that's ALWAYS been a bad habit of mine! ) I think it will all come together as we get better at hitting our spots (except for the elbows, I have to remind myself to tuck those in). But overall I'm doing ok... whew that makes me happy

Also, I'm happy y'all like my mare. I've known her since she was born, bought her when I was 13 and I will have her until all she can do is be a beautiful pasture ornament. Bourbon is so willing and absolutely loves to jump. I have her son and I'm hoping that he will turn out as awesome as her.
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post #12 of 19 Old 10-25-2011, 07:46 AM
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The only things I can see:
- pic 2 ~ your elbows are sticking out, they need to be tucked in.
- Your hands need to be a little bit further forward to allow the horse to stretch a bit more over the juump
- You are too close to the saddle, you need to come out of the saddle a bit more.

Picture 1 is the best shape/position :)

Love your pony, has an amazing jump
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post #13 of 19 Old 10-25-2011, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by palmettogirl915 View Post
I am not doing an automatic release in any of these pictures.

Thanks for all the feedback everyone!

Oh. Well maybe you should try it then!
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post #14 of 19 Old 10-31-2011, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
Oh. Well maybe you should try it then!
Since it's been a while since my mare and I have jumped for form and not for foxhunting, I've been keeping it simple for a while. I want to make sure we are both good on the basics before I try the automatic release. I've been working on the basics since I posted this message (i.e. tucking my elbows in, flexing into my heels etc) and will probably attempt the automatic release soonish.

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I might be going to a show at the beginning of December. This is first show I've gone to in years, so I'm kind of nervous about it.
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post #15 of 19 Old 11-13-2011, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hey y'all!

Have been working on things and I went three day training (aka playing ) with a friend of mine. What do you think? Any improvement?

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post #16 of 19 Old 11-16-2011, 07:14 PM
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I would suggest tucking in your elbows () And coming out of the saddle just a tad higher.
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post #17 of 19 Old 12-04-2011, 12:44 AM
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I don't think anyone mentioned this above.. but i could be wrong. Try lifting your torso so you are more upright.

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post #18 of 19 Old 12-13-2011, 06:36 PM
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Actually, for eventing (or jumping out) your seat is good. You don't want your body way out of the saddle like a hunter or jumper. You want to stay more home and secure.

My goodness does your horse round over everything. LOL. just make sure you keep your hand on the side or in the mane... It looks like you are on the verge of lifting your hands up and back.

Otherwise, I think you are tight as a tick and doing a great job. Eyes up, back flat, heels down, knee open, just out of the saddle enough to free the horse's back... =)
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-07-2012, 12:43 PM
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Anyone notice the silly dog in the background?!
:) Great leg support, and I agree with the back position everyone else said. Other than that you're horse & you work well together!
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