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Sea To Sky 01-11-2010 11:03 PM

Cross country crit
 
We did some XC at camp this morning before we left so we could get some pics =D Be nice to my pony haha

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1..._1/camp057.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1..._1/camp040.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1..._1/camp097.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1..._1/camp013.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1..._1/camp075.jpg

MyBoyPuck 01-11-2010 11:23 PM

Okay, New Zealand just has amazing XC riders! That horse is absolutely flying in that first pic! Your position is fantastic. Deep in the tack, but enough out of the saddle to let him do his job. Your leg is back a little on that last one coming out of the ditch, but I'm in no position to pick on your form. I could never jump that stuff, at least not yet!

kitten_Val 01-12-2010 07:01 AM

No critique from me. I just wish I could have a horse like yours! :)

maura 01-12-2010 07:52 AM

Ditto, ditto, ditto.

Your horse is a spectacular athlete, and you do a wonderful job of staying with him while staying out of his way.

The only change I would suggest is to work on dropping your hand down gradually and working towards a longer release and eventually an automatic. I think I can see your right hand over the top of his neck in the first pic. If you're using a short crest release so you can grab a little mane in the air to keep up of his back, never mind what I just said. (I would most certainly be doing the same thing with that horse's jump.)

Skutterbotch 01-12-2010 07:52 AM

No critique here, but that first pic is amazing!!

OdinsOwn 01-12-2010 08:36 AM

I'm jealous- very nice pics!

Sea To Sky 01-12-2010 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maura (Post 519802)
Ditto, ditto, ditto.

Your horse is a spectacular athlete, and you do a wonderful job of staying with him while staying out of his way.

The only change I would suggest is to work on dropping your hand down gradually and working towards a longer release and eventually an automatic. I think I can see your right hand over the top of his neck in the first pic. If you're using a short crest release so you can grab a little mane in the air to keep up of his back, never mind what I just said. (I would most certainly be doing the same thing with that horse's jump.)


Just looked at a bigger version of the pic but thats just his wild mane not my hand haha. Why do you say i need a longer release just curious? I used to have a problem of over releasing and it seems i am slowly getting better though i didnt think it was interfering??
*runs to find pic of my old release....*
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...botscup048.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...jumping051.jpg

Or is this better (i think its longer than the XC one)
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...553524053l.jpg




Thanks to everyone who likes my pony =D

maura 01-12-2010 05:35 PM

Yup in the old pics you were definitely over releasing!

When I say longer release, I actually mean bring your hand down slightly and an equal amount closer to the saddle, not such an exaggerated broken line. You're such a tight, capable rider; I don't think you need a true crest release

Short release = hands half way up the neck. Long release = hands closer to the withers.

Sea To Sky 01-13-2010 12:18 AM

Heres some more my mate took
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...42252_3064.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...42252_3064.jpg

mom2pride 01-13-2010 12:38 AM

Holy cats...you look amazing! Keep up the good work! You and your horse look like a great team :D


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