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post #1 of 13 Old 08-11-2013, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique please? Me and my 14.2hh pony

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Video of me riding my 14.2hh pony Colby over a course of jumps.
The jumps are 80cm -1m. Thoughts on Colby's ability to jump courses 1.15m?

Please critique my position as well as Colby's scope etc.

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-11-2013, 08:22 AM
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Your horse is not balanced or prepared for the jumps at all. I would try some gymnastic exercises with polework before continuing on if it were me.
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I agree that he isn't balanced. Not ready for jumping, especially that big. However, being the fact that he can just and clear them, he definitely has the potential to do at least that, if not better, BALANCED.

Go back to the basics, trot over ground poles, canter of ground poles, X jumps, and a LOT of flat work. Preparing your horse to jump isn't all jumping.. believe it or not, it's mostly flat work. Teaching your horse balance is key.

Hope I helped, and good luck!
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-12-2013, 04:24 PM
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Are you working with a trainer?
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OP, you seem to be very tall. Do you have a larger horse to work with? I would dare to say that you may have out grown ponies, or be close to it. :/ I agree with the others, he does seem off balance, and doesn't seem to want/know how to keep a steady pace. -- Almost as if he is very confused/frazzled. Do you any other videos? Maybe with him a little more calm?
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all your help!!
Yes, I have recently teamed up with a great trainer who is really helping me get my flat work up to scratch.
I am 16yrs old and come early next year when I turn 17 I am no longer allowed to compete my pony so I will be selling him to a good home and buying myself a horse. I do have a 15.2hh horse at home but she has arthritis and is not suitable for jumping higher than 50-60cm so I can't compete her.
When I got Colby, he had only been ridden at a walk and trot as his owner was a beginner rider. I have owned him for a year and in that year he has come a long way, he still has quite a way to go but when I got him he would zig zag infront of the jumps, approach at a mad canter and bolt after the jump etc.
Currently at home we are working on a slow, controlled trot to the jumps when warming up and a balanced, even canter around the whole course (not just after the jumps).
He's doing really well and improves so much each day.
Thanks everyone for your comments and keep them coming!!
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I disagree, OP doesn't look too tall for this pony at all. They actually look like they could be a pretty good team AFTER going back to basics and getting some balance / preparation in there. You won't be able to jump a course any bigger than this until you have a good forward canter, balance, rhythm and an eye for distance. Your horse is kind of all over the place and could definitely use some work moving off your leg in addition to all that balance work you need to do. IMO you need to go back to gymnastics and little courses, get all of that perfected and then start moving up. You're just barely making it around he course.
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 02:10 AM
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I'm also curious as to why you have no consistent contact (see toward the end of the video where you hold your hands way up in the air, what's your reasoning for that? Does the horse dislike contact, do you think it's easier on his mouth? A gentle, following hand with a lighter rein would be FAR more beneficial, with floppy reins come a banging bit and as soon as you lift the reins way up like that you create an irritating connection). All throughout the video your hands are either floating up in the air or out to the sides.
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