Jumping critique please!
I posted this in the critique page but thought I'd also post in the jumping section also...
So for the past six years I've been working for a couple foxhunts and, needless to say, my nice jumping form has pretty much gone out the window. Out there, it's more about staying on your horse, staying with the hounds, and watching for the game, low branches, and holes in the ground!
So below are a few pictures taken last weekend of my mare and me jumping at the new place we are boarding. Let me know if there is anything you think needs tweaking or correcting, I'm all ears open to suggestions. Any feedback on me or my mare would be helpful!
Sorry this is a little blurry (the photographer was trying to figure out my camera still!)
I already know she took off a bit early on this one (we're still working to get our correct spots still).
Thanks everyone for any input!
Nice release, great leg support. The main thing I see is that you're sitting in the saddle when you should be slightly elevated over it, which is causing you to stretch up with your upper body instead of letting your butt do the work by bringing you closer to the horse's crest.
Putting more weight into your heels would have pushed your lower leg forward, and would look more polished. Your release should be a few inches lower. I would keep an eye on your back because it is starting to sink down which will not allow you to use your core muscles as much as you need to.
You fixed your lower leg in this picture. It looks like you were left behind slightly. Again your release should be a few inches lower. Your back is nice and flat in this picture.
Your leg could be a tad bit more forward. I know I am probably bugging you at this point, but you release should be a few inches lower.
I really like her expression. It looks like she LOVES to jump. Her front end is nice and tight like it should be. All in all, she looks pretty good.
This is all I have. Not any major things, but still things that could be tweaked. I think the both of you make a nice pair. :-)
You and the horse look really nice. What I see is, in the first picture you are jumping ahead just slightly. In the other two pictures you are getting left behind. Practice will help you get the timing right, also if you feel like you are getting left behind, grab the mane it will help you stay with the horse better.
Also to get the correct take off spot, sit and wait. I had a trainer that would say, "wait for the jump to come to you" I always think "wait" when I'm jumping, if I don't my horse will take a scary long spot and I get jolted around and it's not fun. Also when you are sitting and waiting you will be able to see your spot better. It just takes practice.
I do like your position, you have a strong leg and nice release, but your back is a little too hallow. Relax your back and let your horse form your position for you. You don't have to try so hard to get up in your 2-point.
To be a little nit picky, try and bring your elbows closer to your body, it looks like you are trying to do the chicken dance. That really doesn't bother me at all, but if you want to achieve good equitation then that is something you can work on too.
Good luck, your horse is beautiful, I really like his jump.
The way I was taught your leg should be "fixed," but everyone seems to be taught a slightly different way. As for the release, I went back to look at it in picture 2. I think I mistook the type of release. Now that I look at it, I don't know how I saw that the first time. So I apologize for the confusion on that.
That's a short crest release, isn't it? If it were auto, there would be a straight line from elbow to bit, no? I was just looking for clarification on the rest of the body position. I didn't see the part about the release until now. Me brain not work good today.
Yes and yes. Oh I'm sorry. That's ok, my brain doesn't seem to be cooperating either lol. From what I wrote and what I see, I thought you were a bit behind because you were so close to the back of the saddle. While in the other two pictures there was a bit more of gap between you and the saddle.
I am not doing an automatic release in any of these pictures.
Thanks for all the feedback everyone!
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