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anrz 09-19-2009 09:04 PM

Critique from My Lesson
I had a jumping lesson this morning (8:00 am lol) and I was hoping to get a critique on my position. I rode Thumper (who I'm officially leasing in October and onward YAY!) and he was great. We rode in the outdoor arena and he usually is so interested in the other things (like horses, jump standards, little chipmunks, rabbits, etc.) and there is so much more room than in the indoor arena that he doesn't really cooperate, and I probably also could be supporting him a bit better :S. Anyway he was GREAT today! I've been so happy with him recently! We were able to trot up to the crossrails and only had one stride of canter before the jumps! I was so proud of him. He also had a pretty balanced canter and we weren't all over the place. I'm still trying to bring my leg back under me- it's a work in progress :-).
Anyway here are the pictures...
^^downwards transition- I need to work on those lol^^
^^He looks so handsome here^^
^^Not really the best critiquing picture, but he looks so handsome <3 ^^
Don't critique HIS jumping form- when the jumps are higher than a 1-foot crossrail he is a really nice jumper. We'll have to work on his form over the lower fences :-)^^
^^This is probably the worst picture of them all- my leg is sliding out in front of me and I'm compensating for my poor leg position by leaning forward with my upper body. AND my hands are too low so there's a broken line between my lower arm and the reins...

I like this picture so I couldn't resist posting it...
Thanks in advance! One more thing- does anyone like Thumper's new bridle? I think he looks quite dapper in it :lol:. He might be getting a 'new' saddle, too. They're doing some re-arranging because we just got two new horses in.

anrz 09-20-2009 09:17 AM

bump...? anyone?

Fire Eyes 09-20-2009 09:46 AM

The main thing I notice (apart from your leg in the second last picture) is your hands. You have puppy dog hands, thumbs facing in instead on up, and you look like you're leaning your hands on his neck/wither when you jump. :)

He's a real cutie.

kflannery 09-20-2009 10:16 AM

I think you look really good! Your heels remain in a great position!

AussieDaisyGirl 09-20-2009 11:06 AM

All I can tell is your hand position like FireEyes pointed out. Otherwise your back is straight, shoulders square, heels are great, looking good!

And I love his new bridle! Very nice.

anrz 09-20-2009 11:59 AM

Thanks for the critiques! I'll definitely work on my hand position when I ride next. Yeah, my release pretty horrible right now. I really need to work on a crest release :).

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