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post #1 of 7 Old 10-21-2012, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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Star jumping - critiques of horse welcome :-)

I got some photos of Star today, including this one of her jumping 40cm. She's still learning (only 6 and has been brought on nice and slow), this was her first time over a straight rail, but I thought she was looking pretty good. Not me in the saddle so no rider critique, but we're all keen for HFers to tell us how she looks. She seems to be tucking her legs up nicely from what I can see but I'm really not a jumps person so I have no clue.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-22-2012, 01:35 AM
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hmm... i'd love to see this horse jump with a rider that would allow her to use herself. The rider buried her hands, thus hindering her from using her neck and head. I love her expression and that she's nice and square in front.
What are your plans for this little mare?

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She's currently up for sale. Think the rider was a bit stronger with her hands because Star is very forward and also still pretty unbalanced at the canter - she's still building herself so falls onto the forehand if she's not offered a bit of a "wall" up front - she's trotting and walking nicely on a loose rein though (taken a fair amount of time to get that far). The original plans before her owner had to sell were for lower level cross-country eventually.

Yeah, I was really pleased with her being so squared up (about all I know about jumping myself! I used to ride her in flatwork only). She's always got that eager face on, even when she gets her approach wrong. Don't think she's ever refused a jump but we have been careful not to ask too much of her in anything because she's a sensitive little thing.

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-23-2012, 11:57 PM
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I agree with oxer, she is jumping a bit hollow but could be a fantastic jumper with a proper rider.

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Sooo wish I could view the "critique" didn't come up for me! :0( *Hmmphh* maybe it will later...I'll check back in again! :0)
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ETA: Oh my gosh! Right after I entered my post, the pic popped right up AFTER the page loaded again to include the new (my) post! Spoookyyy!!! Cool! ***(grin)***!

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Okay, now that the pic loaded here's my (very NOVICE) assessment:

1) She's ADORABLE.
2) She is SO PERFECTLY squared up that it's amazing...can't even see the right foreleg!!
3) Her expression is beautiful and she has her ears perked, happily doing something she very clearly enjoys, despite the rider perhaps not providing the most perfect hand position for her to be able to truly get that neck extended as she might have with a better release harm meant toward the happens...!
4) I realize this is essentially nothing new than what then others offered but it never hurts to emphasize a point and all were correct to my mind (& level of understanding)...
5) I'd LOVE to see more pictures!! She looks smart and like she'll make a really super little jumper!

Best to you...B2H

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-04-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you casey and B2H!

B2H - isn't she just the cutest thang? She's hilarious when you go to get her out of her paddock, just gallops up to you and is like "OMG YAAAY! IT'S THE PEOPLE!" then gallops up and down her hill in excitement, then comes back over to you and is like "OMG THEY'RE STILL HERE! YAAAY!" *gallop gallop* then comes back and is like "OK, time for work?". Makes me laugh so much. She'd go all day too if you asked her, she's just such a willing horse.

I agree that she's hollowing out on this one - to be honest if I were riding her (which I'm not anymore because Brock takes all my riding time) I'd be doing lots of flatwork and getting her canter more controlled and less on the forehand (see pic below for what she's like in canter) so she can be given more freedom over the jumps without worrying about her losing her balance.

Star at the canter - without a fair bit of "holding her up in front" it's like riding a horse downhill...

And just being a cutie pie...

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