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xJumperx 10-23-2013 06:50 PM

Yet Another Jumper Thread!! Pictures and Video!!
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Hello HorseForum!

I'm back yet again for some critique, mainly on my Thoroughbred, Cowboy.
These clips are from a lesson some weeks back. Overall, it wasn't our best lesson, but I thought it would be good to post critique from it - you are only as good as your worst performance :wink: Cowboy is coming along VERY well, though, and I couldn't be more proud! We are currently jumping 3' courses, but this is only set at a max of 2'6". Probably because we were having a bad day :p

That said, I know my position over the 3' fence with Diamond ... well, sucks. I'm not used to jumping her at that height (we usually keep her at 2'6") but I wanted to see what she could do. I DO still want critique on me over that fence, though I'm aware of many of the problems. The terrible leg being the one smacking me in the face. The video clip of Diamond is in the same video of Cowboy's lesson, at the end.

Fire away! Thank you all very much! :) Anxious to hear responses!

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Oxer 10-26-2013 12:41 PM

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I don't mind most of your ride on Cowboy. I'd like to see you lift your hands off his neck/withers. I don't love the last video with the different horse. You allow the horse to RUSH the fence, throw your body forward, and you lose your leg. A more collected, quieter approach, will allow you to gauge the jump better.

xJumperx 10-27-2013 01:49 PM

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Hands on the neck has always been an issue for me, thanks for your input!

I agree with you on the video with Diamond. It certainly wasn't a good jump, I was surprised she made it over to be honest.
I do have a question for anyone who can answer it - how should I keep Diamond from rushing the higher fences? I feel like she needs impulsion to get over them, and if I hold her too much she just can't do it. Where is the balance between too much run and not enough, and how do I obtain it? Should we just keep the fences low for the sake of her training?
I honestly have no idea why I throw myself forward on Diamond. She's literally the only horse I catch myself doing that on. I can feel myself do it to, and I just can't quit!

CandyCanes 10-27-2013 02:06 PM

What I would do is as soon as she starts to rush, circle her in front of the fence Keep this up until she doesn't rush because she thinks she's going to circle, then quietly pop her over it ;) Your not tricking her exactly... Just changing her way of thinking!

xJumperx 10-28-2013 11:31 AM

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Thank you Candy! I believe we tried that before with the smaller jumps and it worked well enough ... time to revisit some training! :p

Does anyone have more input with me n Cowboy? Any little tiny thing, I'm not sensitive!

MudPaint 11-05-2013 01:53 PM

Cowboy~ I find your riding a little passive. I'm not sure where you are with him, but I feel you need to support him a little more. As mentioned, hands off his neck. By lifting your hands up, they become softer and help lift his shoulder. He's a little on his forehand now, as you go up in height this will be an issue. You can then softly push him into your hands to ask for collection/extension to a fence without speeding up. I think this will help with him backing off and chipping some of the fences. Really these are small fixes that take a 4th place round to a 1st. He seems like a really nice quiet ride.

The same would go for diamond. Lift your hands and teach her to collect her stride while keeping the power. She shouldn't need to fly at fences, it actually makes jumping high harder as they flatten out and go on the forehand.

xJumperx 11-06-2013 06:58 PM

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Thank you SOO much!! That is exactly what I was looking for!!
We have been working on collection and extension, but my trainer asks me to place my hands out and a bit downward when we extend. In collection, she's always badgering me to get my hands off his neck. I know that's a terrible flaw that needs fixing. But what about the extension? What is the significance of going downward rather than upwards with my hands? I know the answer from my trainer's standpoint, but I'd love to hear your opinion if it's no trouble.

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