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alexischristina 10-29-2012 01:53 AM

then and now - 2'9 critique
 
We still have a ways to go before nailing that perfect position, but I think the improvement is great. The 'then' pictures are from late spring, after I fell and shattered my confidence, the now pictures are from today. I haven't posted any REALLY recent pictures lately so I thought I'd get some opinions.

My coach ran a 2'3 - 2'6 clinic today that turned into a 2'6 - 2'9, mostly 2'9 clinic because all the horses and riders were doing SO well. Its the first time we've run through a course at that height without issue, I was super proud of myself and my horse. Looking at him now I'm AMAZED at how HIS form has improved more than my own.

Please critique both of us, tell me what you like and what needs to be worked on.

THEN
http://i45.tinypic.com/qvis.jpg

http://i48.tinypic.com/2ljmfyx.jpg

NOW
http://i49.tinypic.com/315kg75.jpg

http://i49.tinypic.com/k2bi2w.jpg

http://i46.tinypic.com/27zmb7r.jpg

Klassic Superstar 10-29-2012 02:38 AM

Looking fantaboulus!
I can see bow hard you have work on your position! It really shows! Looks like you had a blast out there and sound slime you learned a lot, got you and your horses confidence up! That's so great! You must be on a high fro that ride! I would be!

Things I see to work on, bring your lower leg under you just a tad more, this will help you sink into your heels more, straighten out your hip angle just a tad so you flow better and get your chest up a smidge.

You guys look great!
Make me want to work all the harder to get back out jumping my boy!
Keep up the great hard work!
Post more pictures ASAP!

alexischristina 10-29-2012 04:02 AM

You honestly have no idea how happy I was with that ride today. My horse has the type of 'dig your feet in and POWER over it' jump, so I'm really amazed I'm managing to get my position back! My lower leg is my biggest weakness, especially my right ankle after falling and screwing up my tendons, but my coach has recently started me doing simple stretches in the saddle to strengthen my calves and ankles, to make it easier to get my leg under me- plus two point at the flat, which I've always been lazy and avoided ;D. So I totally see what you mean.

Thanks so much for the critique, I'll definitely put up more pictures soon! I wish I had pictures on my computer from when I first got him, he was a mess with his form over fences (and a bit of a fat blob), he's come SO far.

Klassic Superstar 10-29-2012 04:33 AM

I know how it is coming back from injuries and falls.
Iv had two major concussions, blown out knee (now no nurses sacks in my right knee) a broken ankle that healed wrong and have arthitis in it now, dislocated my back and necks nf tweaked my hips (one of the worst concussions out of two) from a car accident this last march. I have huge mind jet body issues to still over come and retrain my body to work correctly and do good after care and stretches in tr saddle! Horses and riding are the best therapy for it all though!
Good job, keep up the great work! Keep is poste with pictures as maybe some video next time?!

Oxer 10-29-2012 02:34 PM

picture 4 is my favorite. Flat back, solid leg. And your pony, nice and square in front over that airy oxer. I love it. You guys are doing quite well. Only thing i'd say is eeeeeeeasy on that grand prix release! Don't be afraid to keep a feel of your horses mouth, even over fences. When the fences get big and you gotta' make that nasty roll back to your next fence, you're going to want to have a feel of his face to make sure he's listening for the next question. Did they measure some of these fences?? Your last picture looks bigger in back to me than 2'9"... are they 5 foot standards?

alexischristina 10-29-2012 04:19 PM

I was definitely overdoing it with the release, I had been getting left behind lately and was nervous about catching him in the mouth, but I definitely see what you mean. I'm not sure the heigh of the standards, the girl taking pictures sai they were more 3 feet, my coach said 2'9.
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AllisonMarie 11-01-2012 06:25 PM

head up, heels down. other than that looks great! keep up the good work (:


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