Show Jumping Competition - critique
I just competed in a horse show in the 3'6" class.
Here is my worst round. I think I know what I did wrong but I'm not exactly sure... I think I am holding on to much to the reins when I am jumping and that I need to do a release. I also think my jumping position is to blame.
Do you have any advice/ opinions?
Thank you very much!
You need to give him his face. Do more half halts insted of death griping his mouth.
oops sorry I didnt read your post I just watched the vid.
I like how you noticed your death grip needed changing. I'm not sure if this is always how you ride but to me your hands seem really high above his neck and really spread out. I dunno if it was just this ride but try lowering them a little, not so much that they touch the neck though. I also noticed that you seemed to haul him back so much at some of the jumps he would almost halt and then pop over. very bad. give a few half halts but keep him forwards so he doesn't have that stopping thing going on.
I think your hands look great. Don't lower them...when you lower your hands it sits the bit in the wrong position in the horses mouth, and rewards them for doing nothing. As for your position...you can release more, open up your shoulders and push them back, and your stirrups should could up 2 holes, but lucky for you show jumping does not care about position. But release is important to make your horse comfortable.
The reason you stopped at those 2 jumps was because you didn't sit and wait, you anticipated. You anticipated at all the jumps, but your horse was nice enough to save you, even though it looked like he had the thought to stop.
Also you should work on not making such huge turns you don't need to use the whole arena...and plan better on how to get to your next jump...that's when walking the course comes in handy. Other than that I think you looked fine.
Hey, what a cool horse! I would like to see a more solid lower leg to give you a better base of support. It slides back at various times during your round and is detracting from a good 2 point position. Also, keeping your toes forward will help anchor your heel at the girth.
One other thing and this is my opinion only, I would lose the spurs for a while. It seems that you are unintentionally using them (due to the lower leg position and angle of your toes) at times which is resulting in a very forward horse, too forward at times for a nice clean jump. Because he is so forward you are compensating by holding him back even harder. I feel this may have contributed to the stop that you had at jump 4. Your horse is being told to go forward but being blocked by your hands and then uncertain as to whether to approach the jump or not so he stops. Just my observation.
If it were me, I would not worry about the spurs for a while, just use the crop and only use it when you need. Give him more freedom to move with your hands and practice your release, especially for a class of this height.
One other thing - your horses technique is lacking. Please don't be offended by this but he is lunging over the jumps, his knees are very untidy and his center of balance is off. I would recommend lots of gymnastic excercises to brush up his technique and get him jumping cleanly and accurately before I did too many height classes.
Very cute horse! He is trying but you are stopping him. Put your stirrups up a couple of holes, and give your horse a bit longer rein, he does not look like he has to be held in quite as much as you are holding him. You hand height is good though. Go back to a crest release until you are more secure over the jumps, you are not quite steady enough for an automatic release. You are anticipating the jump too. If you can, try to do a low grid with at least four jumps without reins to help your seat, then try the automatic release again.
Thank you very much for your help!
my advice would be ride more forward, he needs to use his hind end alot more.. next time your practicing try setting up a few bounce jumps make sure you canb fit 3 strides in between. then try cantering through the line and get 3 strides in between first. then the second time through get 2 strides in, learn to collect canter as well as riding forward. will help to learn your distances.
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