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MacabreMikolaj 04-27-2013 10:24 PM

Critique my jumping position!
I apologize if the photos are too fuzzy - they are screen shots from videos and I am also posting the video two of them came from. I currently take Dressage lessons once a week and jumping lessons once every two weeks. I am delighted with how me and Jynxy have progressed and wanted the opinions of some of my most respected horse people - fellow HF'ers! I am aware of my weaknesses and I work hard to overcome them and I am perfectly fine with harsh critiques - it's how I learn best! Thanks guys!

Reference - this was me in October with no current jumping lessons. Despite winning the class, I CRIED when I saw these because it was so unacceptable to me. I immediately started jumping lessons:

Poor Jynxy! She's such a good spirit! These are from the last few weeks!
2'0" vertical, slightly long spot, video still from video below
2'6" scary vertical with white picket fence filler, stillshot from video below! Haha you can see in the video she tries to dodge a little so I rode a bit defensive!
3'0" vertical! I love this horse, so athletic. This was a crossrail and then three stride to the vertical and she stayed so calm! Taken from a separate video taken by my instructor! (Not shown)

Video doing a 2'0-2'6" course at home:

Thanks guys! I know we're not great but she's a game little mare and we're working hard! Her partboarder wants to do eventing with her this summer!
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muumi 04-28-2013 06:55 AM

Wow! Great improvement from those first two pictures!

VelvetsAB 04-28-2013 07:45 AM

Wow MM! Sooo much improvement.

Your leg is much more solid in the more recent pictures. You are giving a lot more with your hands and you aren't jumping over the pommel of your saddle.

Keep up the good work!

Stilton 04-28-2013 09:58 AM

The main thing i noticed in the video is that you sit back too early over the jump and this is making you jab your horse in the mouth as you land. Try and stay with the movement for longer and don't start sitting up over the jump.
You need to lift your hands on the flat and bring them back so you have a bend in the elbow. As you're approaching some of the jumps your arms are stuck straight out, then as you're going over the jump you pull them back. It needs to be the other way round. You need to maintain your contact on the approach and give more when your horse takes off as at the moment you are catching your horse in the mouth.
She lands on the wrong lead a few times too, as you're approaching keep her dead straight then when you take off put your inside leg on and open your inside rein slightly to give her some bend and she should land on the correct leg.
Also i think your stirrups could go up a hole.

Fantastic improvement from the first pictures! Well done!

MillieSantana 04-28-2013 01:22 PM

I agree with Stilton, you need to stay with the jump a little longer. Your immediate release is good, but later in the jump you take it back and jab her. Great improvment, keep working on it! And cute horse! Gypsy?

MacabreMikolaj 04-28-2013 06:11 PM

Thank you guys! I agree - I know I tend to plop on her back and jab her. I will work harder on that! Agreed about stirrups, they were put up one hole as you can see in the 3'0" pic and that felt a lot better!

Hahahahaha, nope, she's just a PMU Paint! Her daddy was a registered Paint and her dam was a Draft/Paint type. She's my $800 wonder baby! Jumping 3'0" in her sleep and schools up to 2nd Level Dressage! <3 Best money ever spent on a horse!
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MillieSantana 04-28-2013 07:21 PM

ahhh, draft on the mother's side, no wonder. She's too feathered for a pure paint. Same with Millie, she's a pure QH, but a ant champ for barrels. 500$, a perfect trail horse, and loves to jump, I loves her!:-)

Oxer 04-28-2013 08:19 PM

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If you were my student, you would not be coursing around. You would be doing grid work. Learning to quiet down your hands, give an appropriate release, keep your mare straight and in front of your leg, getting your heels down, and working on your 2 point.
No looking down. In most of your shots, and in most of the video, you're looking at the dirt.
Know your striding. If you're riding a line, and it's a three stride line, then ride it in three strides. Don't run to the base of your second fence coming out, and expect it to just work itself out.
So while I can appreciate the progression of your jumping position, i don't agree with an unbalanced rider jumping around a 2ft + course without the basics solidly in place.

MyBoyPuck 04-28-2013 11:16 PM

Definitely lots of improvement. Lessons are paying off for you.

MacabreMikolaj 04-29-2013 12:59 AM

I glance down to check my leads after a fence. And the course was not done with my coach present, I was riding with my bestie. While I appreciate your input and shall definitely take certain pointers to heart and know I have several weaknesses, I've been riding for 28 years and I am not a rank novice. I suffer from scoliosis and as a result my position often suffers and I need to compensate, but "unbalanced" is a bit much. I will work on keeping my eyes up and definitely agree my hands/arms need work. I will also work harder on keeping her between my legs as she is newish to jumping and does tend to drift. Thank you for your critique!
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