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blush 04-10-2010 11:31 PM

Has My Position Improved??
 
So lately I've been working like *crazy* to improve my jumping position before the show season starts. :] :]
I want to move up into the 3" - 3'3 hunters and I know I need a more solid jumping position in order to stay with Robbie's massive jump haha. So if you could just critique my jumping position (and if you can see an improvement!!) and not so much Robbie that would be muchly appreciated!


This picture was from a show last season, about 8 months ago? haha.
http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._5488474_n.jpg

From a lesson, about 4 months ago?
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._1710557_n.jpg

From another lesson, about 2 months ago.
http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._4951952_n.jpg

Anddddd the most recent one from last week! :]
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._3559658_n.jpg

And just cause he's so cute hehe.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._5499851_n.jpg

Thanks so much for your time guys! :]

sandsarita 04-10-2010 11:37 PM

I would say yes. You are much tighter and more secure to your saddle. great improvement. Now if I can get myself to do the same.

EventersBabe 04-10-2010 11:50 PM

Yes looks really good. :)
Maybe not leaning to much on his neck would help him not pushing his neck down.

StylishK 04-11-2010 10:10 AM

Definitely improved! I was given great advice ... for jumpers that is .... when you jump, think about pushing your butt back rather than getting up and forward. I'd like to see your butt a touch farther back personally. Big improvement though you look much more secure.

Cute horse :)

barnprincess 04-11-2010 04:09 PM

i think soo =D what kind of half pad is that? it looks super dooper comfy !

dantexeventer 04-11-2010 06:06 PM

Huge improvement - you look very secure and your horse's jump appears to have improved as a result.
There are a couple of little things I see that you can work on. First of all, you're jumping ahead very slightly. As we all know from reading GM, there's a number of reasons for that. I've found that work without stirrups and gridwork, though tedious, are the BEST ways to make you wait for your horse's jump (which is especially hard when you're expecting a BIG jump - I feel ya there!).
Your toe is turned out at a pretty extreme angle - as insignificant as it seems, adjusting your stirrup so the outer branch is ahead really does help! It'll make it **** near impossible for your toe to turn out so much.
I think you have a super base of support, you look very focused and confident, and because of that, I think working towards an automatic release would be the next big step. I know it's not super trendy in the hunters but if you school it at home, at least, you will have another big notch in your belt that will allow you to then make those micro-adjustments in the air that will make you more competitive. Your release in the last pic strikes me as just a *tad* restrictive, and I think if you learn the auto release, you'll find your horse's shoulders will come up and his neck will reach down. He's a lovely looking horse and you look fabulous. Good luck with moving up, and congrats on making such an improvement! :)

blush 04-11-2010 09:48 PM

Wow! Thanks for the quick responses guys! I really appreciate it. :] :]

sandsarita -- Thank you! I've taken advice from previous critques I asked for and I'm glad to see I'm improving because of that!

EventersBabe -- :] Not jumping ahead is one of the big things I'm working on. He always jumps huge over tiny jumps so I tend to "over prepare" a lot. But it's definitely something I'm aware of when I ride now! Thanks!

StylishK -- Thanks so much! I do agree with you on pushing my butt back over the saddle rather then in front of it. I'm thinking if I work on not over-jumping then my body will fit naturally into that place over the saddle. I will just be more aware of that over fences and try let Robbie jump the fences rather then me haha. :]

barnprincess -- Hehe, thanks! My half pad is a Mattes. I *love* it, so nice and very comfy haha. It's just too bad they are soooo expensive. Took me forever to save up for it. :]

dantexeventer -- Thank you so much for your detailed reply! :] I learned so much haha. I will definitely work much more on grids, I noticed how much I "jump for him" when I went through one a couple weeks ago! Thanks for mentioning to me about putting the stirrup iron more at an angle in which the outside is further ahead. I definitely tried that today day and it really does work wonders! My heel was much more secure and my toe didn't want to wander haha. :] Me and my trainer have been trying to work on automatic releases much more lately and I think it'll come easier once I get up off Robbie's neck and use my core to hold my position haha. It seems like everythng will fall into place once I get up off his neck! Thanks so much! :] :]

MIEventer 04-11-2010 10:20 PM

I think you are looking great :) I have to whip myself back into shape after Nelson and I took steps backwards since his incidents in January. I have to recondition myself and him.

So I think you look fabulous! Wish I was there physically!

Beautiful horse! I LOVE greys! You both look great together :)

StylishK 04-12-2010 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by blush (Post 602138)

StylishK -- Thanks so much! I do agree with you on pushing my butt back over the saddle rather then in front of it. I'm thinking if I work on not over-jumping then my body will fit naturally into that place over the saddle. I will just be more aware of that over fences and try let Robbie jump the fences rather then me haha. :]

Definitely! And its not an easy thing to do at all, I mean its weird to think they can do it all on their own :-P. I'm hit and miss most of the time, I think its something you just kind of get after awhile of reminding yourself, then one day it just happens without thinking, but until then....I hit and miss lol.

MIEventer 04-12-2010 09:56 AM

It's not just pushing your butt back, you have to sink as well. You have to imagine your knee's and hips are like an accordian closing.


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