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post #1 of 23 Old 02-27-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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jumping help!

please don't be to harsh I am a self tought jumper and just want to get better...
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While you do have quite a few things to work on, you look pretty good for a self-taught jumper. I have seen some people "self-teach" themselves and it looks very scary!

You are very much over-jumping, so work on staying further back over the saddle and really try to follow the horse's movement with your body. Your heels and legs have slipped up a lot, which do not help either.

Really work on keeping your weight in your stirrups and staying with your horse. Your release looks okay for now, but be careful of developing "chicken wings".

I can't tell from the picture, but are you jumping a cross-rail or verticle? If it is a verticle, maybe try going back to a smaller jump to work on your seat and legs a little more.
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I just noticed the shadow of the jump, and it appears to be a verticle. Haha!
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post #4 of 23 Old 02-28-2012, 07:43 AM
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firstly, what kind of bit are you using ?

I would suggest getting a couple lessons before you jump anymore. I know people are very proud of being a self taugh jumper, but it is very dangerous. Your horse looks very cute and willing, but I can tell from this photo that the pair of you should not be jumping this height. You are not wearing a helmet, your toe is pointed down, and you are dangerously in front of the saddle. Your horse also looks like he left the ground unbalanced.

Im really not trying to be rude or expecting you to be perfect, but please take a couple jumping lessons before you get hurt. If you want to work on things in the mean time, I would practice 2 point position on the flat and w/t/c and over ground poles and t/c.

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I agree, being a self taught jumper is cool until you have an accident because you werent taught to jump properly! Your position is precarious, you are way out in front of the saddle and liable to fall should your horse stop or baulk at a fence and your leg is improper: your toe is pointed down and out with your stirrup placed too far back. This makes your leg not very useful in holding you on the horse over a fence! Also, look at your horses back legs, if a horse takes of balanced over a fence the back feet plant on the ground next to each other, an unbalanced horse takes off with the hind feet separated as yours has here.
I really think you guys have potential but lessons are invaluable. You will learn so much more from a few lessons than you ever could experience-wise out of a book!! I don't mean to be harsh but you can't overlook safety just because you are self taught. Good luck! :)

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While you do have quite a few things to work on, you look pretty good for a self-taught jumper. I have seen some people "self-teach" themselves and it looks very scary!

You are very much over-jumping, so work on staying further back over the saddle and really try to follow the horse's movement with your body. Your heels and legs have slipped up a lot, which do not help either.

Really work on keeping your weight in your stirrups and staying with your horse. Your release looks okay for now, but be careful of developing "chicken wings".

I can't tell from the picture, but are you jumping a cross-rail or verticle? If it is a verticle, maybe try going back to a smaller jump to work on your seat and legs a little more.
Yeah I relized that I did go to far in the saddle...
Thanks so much!!!!!! That is very useful and helpful info! Thanks....
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firstly, what kind of bit are you using ?

I would suggest getting a couple lessons before you jump anymore. I know people are very proud of being a self taugh jumper, but it is very dangerous. Your horse looks very cute and willing, but I can tell from this photo that the pair of you should not be jumping this height. you are not wearing a helmet, your toe is pointed down, and you are dangerously in front of the saddle. Your horse also looks like he left the ground unbalanced.

Im really not trying to be rude or expecting you to be perfect, but please take a couple jumping lessons before you get hurt. If you want to work on things in the mean time, I would practice 2 point position on the flat and w/t/c and over ground poles and t/c.
pink= no I am not proud but can't find a trainer :( plus I just jump for fun, but would want to be decient
Yellow= yeah I know, I where a helmet usually.... Not my best pic, but it's like the only one I have a saddle with haha
Thanks for the critique
And don't comment on not having a saddle.... I't easier and more fun for me..... I know my horse and our limits.....
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firstly, what kind of bit are you using ?

I would suggest getting a couple lessons before you jump anymore. I know people are very proud of being a self taugh jumper, but it is very dangerous. Your horse looks very cute and willing, but I can tell from this photo that the pair of you should not be jumping this height. You are not wearing a helmet, your toe is pointed down, and you are dangerously in front of the saddle. Your horse also looks like he left the ground unbalanced.

Im really not trying to be rude or expecting you to be perfect, but please take a couple jumping lessons before you get hurt. If you want to work on things in the mean time, I would practice 2 point position on the flat and w/t/c and over ground poles and t/c.
blue= I am looking for a trainer but I live in a very western dominate state....
But this person at my barn knows how to jump and she is kinda helping me when we r both riding
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I agree, being a self taught jumper is cool until you have an accident because you werent taught to jump properly! Your position is precarious, you are way out in front of the saddle and liable to fall should your horse stop or baulk at a fence and your leg is improper: your toe is pointed down and out with your stirrup placed too far back. This makes your leg not very useful in holding you on the horse over a fence! Also, look at your horses back legs, if a horse takes of balanced over a fence the back feet plant on the ground next to each other, an unbalanced horse takes off with the hind feet separated as yours has here.
I really think you guys have potential but lessons are invaluable. You will learn so much more from a few lessons than you ever could experience-wise out of a book!! I don't mean to be harsh but you can't overlook safety just because you are self taught. Good luck! :)

Thanks, for your imput but I am looking for a trainer but I live in a very western dominate state....
But this person at my barn knows how to jump and she is kinda helping me when we r both riding
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Thanks, for your imput but I am looking for a trainer but I live in a very western dominate state....
But this person at my barn knows how to jump and she is kinda helping me when we r both riding
no prob! Im glad you have someone helping you. Something you could do is have her help you set up trot poles if you don't know how to and practice going through them in 2 pt. Good luck!

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