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HorseCrazyKat 05-29-2012 01:16 AM

Jumping Form Critic
Hey everybody!

Love reading reviewing the critics people give on equ. Usually it seems super friendly and genuinely helpful. So, I decided to post some pictures and see the advice and tips I get.

I've been riding for more then half my life and jumping for at least half of that. Trained my haflinger to jump, then started jumping a leased Arab. He had crazy hind end spring and it was really hard to correctly fold my hip angle, now I have a big TB and have been trying to improve my equ. Cal, my TB, has a really smooth jump which is really easy to ride! Any constructive criticism is welcomed.

Also while I love my TB to death we have a bit of a refusal problem. It's mostly solid fences and it's getting better. We think he had ulcers, we treated him and it got about 110 times better. Now it's mostly a behevioral thing. When he's on he's a dream. When he's naughty, well I'm thankful I can ride a buck! :). Any advice?

One last thing, posting a pic of him free jumping. How's his form?

Thanks so much!

RunSlideStop 05-29-2012 01:43 AM

My two notes would be: I would suggest a greater release. It is good how it is, and I think that giving a bit more can help him stretch out like he needs to. Secondly would be your leg. This could cause problems with your hip, as well. Your leg seems inconsistent; I would work on some bareback jumps with the easy jumper until you feel really solid.

Your boy has a goofy jump. ETA: I think actually he looks a bit lazy. I would like to see his knees up instead of hanging. Do you school him in boots or open legged? He could stand to learn to bring his legs up, IMO.

Overall I think you look pretty great. Fairly balanced and tight. Keep up the good work!


Oxer 05-29-2012 10:38 PM

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- I see some knee pinching on your part.
- Your horse jumps pretty flat.

I would do a ton of grids. Get his confidence up, his athleticism, and your position just that much more refined.

I like his look. And i like the strength you exude in your pictures.

MudPaint 06-02-2012 12:30 AM

I think you are still having issues with the folding of the hip. Your balance is up over the pommel of your saddle in each picture and you lay on your hands, allowing them to balance you instead of wrapping your leg down around your horse. Essentially you are still jumping ahead. If you are doing this on approach, it could also be the underlying cause of your refusals. He's thinking ... "ehh I don't like those" and you are not there to support and drive him forward.

Work on riding in your halfseat, sinking your weight down and around. Once you feel comfortable that your leg wont move, add pole and eventually a grid, allowing your hand to follow your horse's mouth over fences and letting his effort close your hip down.

Your horse jumps a little flat and is lazy with his front end. He really isn't using his shoulder, just folding his legs. It's not a big deal now, but when the fences go up it will cause him to put in extra effort or start hitting rails with his knees (very dangerous). You can encourage proper jumping form with bounces that make him stretch to use his shoulder and making sure he is approaching fences in an active gate working on his hind end.

LittleBitofSpunk 06-09-2012 09:51 AM

You look awesome! I would say push your heels down a tad bit more and give a little bit of a greater release to help your horse over the jump ! :)

ElvenAngel81 06-14-2012 11:41 AM

3rd photo it looks like you're looking down, but I'm not sure I'm seeing it correctly. But yes, you should do grid work like Oxer said

ElvenAngel81 06-14-2012 11:41 AM

Double post o accident haha

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