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post #1 of 11 Old 04-10-2009, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Lesson Pictures!

Yesterday my barn trailered over to WV for a jumping lesson. Gracie was er... good over the jumps! (Click here for more on that.) I've just been trotting crossrails with her, and once I did a one stride combo, so the lesson was super fun because we did a 1.) triple one stride combo and 2.) a crossrail to mini oxer combo!

A little early. I believe this was one of the jumps after she took off, so my leg was very defensive.

I'm soo crooked here because we er... almost ran over Sharon White. (she was standing in the center of the oxer and jumped out of the way. We were supposed to stop in front of the jump but Gracie wanted to keep going...) And it was an oxer, which explains why she's over jumping by a foot.

Our main issues of the day were;
1. Gracie taking off 3 times
2. Steering along the rail (because there was no rail, and I kept forgetting that Gracie is still green and didn't understand were the ring ended)
3. Staying straight in the combos

Also, do I need to lean any more forward over the jumps? Or am I okay for the height we're jumping? I didn't get much critique on my position during the lesson. Thanks!

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-10-2009, 01:19 PM
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Aww you guys look good! Great piccies. Gracie is really pretty, & I like the color of your jumps, lol.

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You asked if you needed to lean further forward. I'm no expert, but it seems to me to lean as forward as feels natural for the jump. The higher your horse jumps, the closer your body should be to the horse's neck. I'm sure you know that, but that's just how I've always looked at it. It also makes sense for you and your horse to be at the same "angle" from the ground, if that makes sense. o_O

You guys are cute though, I can't see anything "wrong" with the pictures. =]

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-10-2009, 02:29 PM
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Nice pix!!

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I think you both look great, you have a good position and good release. I don't think you need to lean any more forward. Many people want to over-release on smaller crossrails like that, but you really just need to get your weight out of the saddle and release your horse's mouth so she can stretch. You should only be leaning forward enough for that, no more. You look good!!!

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post #6 of 11 Old 04-10-2009, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I really needed some positive feedback. The whole taking off thing wasn't exactly fun, and I didn't get any support from anyone after the matter so my confidence is pretty low right now. ;/ I'm not mad or afraid of Gracie or anything, I just feel a little shot down I guess. You guys know how it is. xD

Thanks riccil0ve, that's what I've been doing. And yes, people do over do the small jumps, so it was hard for me to find a correct picture to compare myself with.

Thanks again everyone! ;D
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-10-2009, 10:28 PM
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You have a stunning base of support. I think its awesome that you look so great over crossrails, it shows that you will exceed in jumping higher. Your leg looks great, the only thing I notice (correct me if I'm wrong) is that your fingers might be a bit loose on the reins? I can't tell though.

Low confidence is something you shouldn't have right now, cause you look amazing!
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nice pitures lol
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-10-2009, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks phonix and jumpwhat! I appreciate it. ;)

Jumpwhat, yes, I do ride with clenched fingers rather than closed hands. I've been working on that problem. xD It's just one of those faults where it's not such a big deal, so usually fixing it gets overridden by another problem. I need to buy gloves though. Between Gracie and a pushy project pony, the sides of my ring fingers are getting torn up. Maybe the gloves would be a constant reminded to close my hands too- I'll have to experiment with that!

And thanks for the comment about my support! That's the one thing I pride myself in. My old horse, Lena, started bolting to jumps and whipping herself over them in the last 2 months that I had her, (picture really really fast and violent deer jumping) and I thought that it was my position's fault so I taught myself to ride it. I later learned that it wasn't my fault she was bolting... but I learned something out of it anyway. xD

Thanks again everyone.
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you guys look great! I would invest in some jumping boots, because jumping in polos could get dangourus eventually. I would highly recomend Woof Wear boots, they are the best on the market IMO

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