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juniormylove 01-15-2011 11:38 AM

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.


The stop was 100% my fault. I started riding for one distance, second guessed myself, and didn't push him when I felt him start backing off.

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
Thanks!

Romantic Lyric 01-15-2011 11:55 AM

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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hflmusicislife 01-15-2011 01:54 PM

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 :)

xXEventerXx 01-15-2011 02:14 PM

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.

juniormylove 01-15-2011 03:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Romantic Lyric (Post 890834)
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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Yeah I'm working on learning to trust my eye...I see distances but then I'm unsure whether to go for it or not and Scooter's not a horse to cover for me, haha. But when I do ride him right, he'll jump anything. We've leapt from a mile away and from the base of the jump...he'll do it all. He's awesome, haha.

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.

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Originally Posted by hflmusicislife (Post 890900)
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 :)

The next time I'm on a horse that I trust a little more, I'll definitely try a lighter seat; I know mine is quite deep. Scooter likes to stop and he can be quite a dirty stopper too, so I like to have a deeper seat to deal with him. But yes, I will definitely give that a try the next time I'm on Twiggy. And I've actually never been taught anything about a release...the trainer I started jumping with kinda just pointed me and told me to go [didn't learn a proper position until about 18 months ago] so my release is just kinda...whatever I end up doing haha. I think that's on my trainer's list of things to work on with me, though. Thank you!

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Originally Posted by xXEventerXx (Post 890913)
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.

When I first started riding with my current instructor she was convinced that I started out riding dressage because I sat back so much and didn't half seat or 2 point, haha. I feel like if I tried to 2-point through a course on Scooter...I'd be on the ground. He likes to refuse. A lot.

xXEventerXx 01-15-2011 04:10 PM

yea its best to sit back just before the jump and when you ready sit forward. Your a jumper right? not a hunter

juniormylove 01-15-2011 05:20 PM

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?

MudPaint 01-15-2011 07:43 PM

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.

juniormylove 01-26-2011 02:27 PM

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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