Can you critique my horse's jump form?
I have had this new horse for about 5 months now and I am teaching him to jump. The first photo is him jumping after a month of training, the second is now. I have been doing lots of gridwork, gymnastic exercises and confidence building.
I was just wondering if you see an improvement and whether he is jumping well now. I was used to a horse with fantastic jumping form so I think I might be too hard on him.
(ps, I know I am too forward with my seat, its a habit I am trying to break hahah)
I like him. I like how he uses his neck for balance. I bet he really cracks his back over the bigger stuff. His right leg is a bit lower than his left in both pics. He's a little loose up front, but he might be thinking those fences are easy. I'm not a good judge of that. Maybe try some gymnastics with him to get him really snapping his knees up over fences.
I would prefer to see him free jump over some bigger stuff, to be able to truly comment on scope. However; he's got a fabulously keen look, a bascule to die for, and his chrome sure will make him look fancy in the show ring (should you decide to compete with him!). I am a Paint, jumper rider myself... so i might be a little bias. ha!
He's really nice!!! I love that scope!!! Like the others said, work more gymnastics to get him to lift that front end a bit more. Other than that, great job training him. You've got a wonderful show prospect! Maybe you could come train my mare ;).
Thank you! Thats so nice!
Late to ad, but I second the gymnastics. He's adorable, looks super eager and ready to please, but he needs to tidy up his form if he's going to be able to jump bigger, courses, etc. Even lots of bounce poles to get him rocking back, little grids, bigger grids, related distances if you haven't been. Single fences are nice, but they're next to useless when you're training.
Like people have said, he has a great bascule. However, he is sloppy with his legs (which is probably why he jumps so round!). Fortunately, gymnastics can help quite a bit with that. I know you said you've done a lot with that, I'd keep doing it! Lots and lots of bounces. Lots of variety.
(xbar)(xbar) (one stride) (vertical) (one or two strides) (oxer)
(xbar)(xbar)(xbar) (one stride, or two strides) (xbar)(xbar)(xbar) <-- lots of these types in particular
(xbar)(xbar) (one stride) (xbar)(xbar)
(vertical)(onestride)(oxer) (two strides) (oxer)(one stride)(vertical)
etc etc etc. Make sure you have good properly spaced groundlines to help him out and of course a good base of solid flatwork (aka dressage).
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