Originally Posted by Joe4d
to the OP why don't you post some videos of YOU jumping so we can compare.
I would, but none of them are recent. However, I did post a thread a while back ago asking for some critique on my jumping. Feel free to go look for it.
I can tell you a few things, though. I have only been jumping seriously since March. I have just recently popped over 3'6" (last Monday), and I haven't done it since because now that I know I can jump that high, I need to focus on better leg position and counting strides. I've been showing in schooling shows since June or July (can't remember), and I have been beaten by this one girl who is AMAZING almost every time, except for once. Now that I've said a little about what I can do, here's what I don't do: I don't yank on my horse's face approaching a jump. I don't seesaw on the reins. If I feel my butt flopping on the saddle I sit up to collect myself. I don't just charge the jump and hope he makes it over; I try to set him up as best as I can and I always aim for the middle of the fence.
I'm not perfect. Heck, I'm only sixteen. My horse is an amazing jumper and I need to get much better before his potential becomes reality.
My point is, I am not the best rider. But I am a hell of a lot better than those women, and I'm sure you are as well. So, please don't be rude.
Saying something like, "Let's see YOU do it!", or "Oh, yeah? Show us how good of a jumper YOU are" is uncalled for and does not contribute to the conversation. It only gives me the impressions that a) You think I am an awful rider and that I watch other awful riders so that I can feel better about myself. B) You think that you are better than those women, when you may suck just as badly as they do and GOD FORBID you could be even worse than I am.
I am not saying that you suck. It's just the impression that I get from reading a comment like that. So please try not to say things like that anymore. It ticks people off and it's borderline trolling.