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Sarahandlola 01-05-2011 07:54 PM

Crt my horse jumping!
So my TB Lola has only started jumping in the past two months. Can you guys please Critique her? And please don't critique the rider as it is not me. She is the bay horse in the video...

I notice she kind of tucks her head in while jumping...Is that normal?

Uma 01-05-2011 08:10 PM

From the way your horse is jumping, she indicates to me that something is very uncomfortable for her when she does. Either in her back or her mouth. She not only tucks her head as you said, but severely arches her back. She could have a very sensitive back or mouth and one of them was hurt at some point, enough so that she is trying everything not to have it happen again.
I would check her saddle fit and bit and make sure it's not to severe and fits properly.

But her knees are very nice. Up and even in almost every picture.

MyBoyPuck 01-05-2011 08:14 PM

It's possible this horse was popped in the mouth a lot when jumping and is doing that in anticipation of being hit in the mouth again and so not bothering to stretch her neck out. The belly flop thing does seem to indicate a discomfort. Maybe the rider is sitting too soon and smacking down on her back on landing?

Sarahandlola 01-05-2011 08:15 PM

Her saddle didn't fit I just got a new one yesterday and this is her jumping today. I suppose it will take her back a while to recover from the other saddle. She also has a sensitive mouth especially on the left side. But she was not forced to jump that she did it without trying to refuse which she usually does if she doesn't want to so it XD

Sarahandlola 01-05-2011 08:18 PM

She was supposedly never jumped before...Not sure about the rider but I will check that out next time she jumps. I will probably jump her myself tomorrow but only cross poles XD I don't like that height just yet :p

tinyliny 01-05-2011 08:20 PM


You already know that your horse is dealing with pain brought on by a poor saddle fit. Is this jumping done in the new saddle? There is no way you will see her jumping correctly while the saddle is sitting down on her withers!!!
She hollows out her back because for her to jump with her head and neck reaching forward, in a proper bascule (look up that word), would cause her shoulders and back to lift up and put MORE pressure on her wither. She is trying to avoid that. Also, the rider gave her no release , jumped ahead of her , had her feet dangerously too far into the stirrup and her toe pointed down, no base of support whatsoever.
I am not a jumper, but even I can see this.

On a mellower note, have you got your new saddle?

tinyliny 01-05-2011 08:22 PM

Ok, I see that it's the new saddle, so I will cool my jets a bit. In the words of Emily Litella, "Never Mind".

However, she still didn't look comfortable. I think it would be wise to give her some time to erase bad saddle memeories.

MyBoyPuck 01-05-2011 08:24 PM

Is there a second video? I don't see it.

Sarahandlola 01-05-2011 08:25 PM

Yup tinyliny she is in her new saddle and seems to like it so far. She behaved quite good today. Apart from a nice buck but I guess that is just her.

I will see if there is any difference with me tomorrow. Here is a picture of me jumping her a few weeks ago...

Sarahandlola 01-05-2011 08:26 PM

Nope just one video.

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