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Critique my position o/f please!
I finally have some halfway decent footage of riding to share :)
I will say - this was the first time wearing my paddock boots and while they didn't really hurt, it was a little hard to get my weight in my heels cause they were stiff.
Also - I'm horrible at looking for distances through the corner so the green and white was a little deep. Scooter ate up the strides down the outside line more than my trainer OR I thought so we got pretty close to the last jump there, too. Of course it was better the second time I jumped it but my camera ran out of memory so the footage is off my mom's phone haha.
I also flick my reins around at the beginning and after the first jump...the buckle of the rein was on top of the rein and I like it under, if that makes any sense.
Please don't critique Scooter, he's not mine.
Do you guys think I should shorten my stirrups a hole? They feel fine to me but someone on another board mentioned that they might be a little long for jumping... ?
Here's an older video for comparison:
Feel free to tear me apart in the new videos :D
I just have a few quick comments. In the new videos you seem a bit more active, like you're riding to the fences rather than passively waiting for the fences to approach you. Distances can be hard. The only thing I would suggest is pick a course of action and stick to it. Your uncertainty translated to your horse. It's much better to be confident and just trust that your horse will make it work - if he's a nice lesson horse like yours seems to be. Also, in the new video, I love, love, love how you don't tip forward as you get closer to the fences. You stay back and out of your horse's way. Good job!
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I don't have much to say... I'm not sure what style riding you do (ie. jumpers, hunters etc.) but I tend to find sometimes it better to ride in 3-point (not two point, but not sitting with full contact on the saddle) when you're jumping. It looks smoother, and it's easier to make adjustments. It would also help you keep your leg stiller and more stable under you. For your jumping, it looks like you're sitting back a tad too early on some of the jumps. Try to hold your 2 point a little longer over the jumps. (I do that too ;) ) You could also try working on either a long release, or, when you're ready, an automatic release. The horse is very cute by the way :)
I like the way you ride you sit back before the jumps (the germans ride like that) i personally dont like to sit in 2 point the whole time, if your horse ever falls over the jump or refuses your def gunna come off. Sitting back will de save you. I also didnt thnk your stirrups were too long at all, as long as you can get your body out of the saddle and off his back your ok.
I'm quite happy that I don't tip any more - it used to be a BAAD habit of mine, one that resulted in more than a few falls off Scooter haha.
yea its best to sit back just before the jump and when you ready sit forward. Your a jumper right? not a hunter
Yeah. The barn I ride at is a hunter/jumper barn but I definitely sit more towards the jumper side of things.
Just curious - would anyone have guessed that Scooter is blind in his right eye?
I def like your deeper position. You are riding more to the fences, but it looks less beginner. You can really see it in your turns and more put - togetherness between fences.
In your new vids I wouldn't have guessed there were any eyesight problems, but in the old one where you're less organized, you can see he needs more of a heads up in the one direction.
thank you :) I'm so happy - I used to cut my corners SOOOO bad. I leaned and then didn't correct the horse when he leaned with me...it was bad. Lead to many refusals since we'd come to the jump on a very very tight turn, lol. But it looks like after 7 years, I'm finally starting to put what I know in theory into action! :D
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