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wren 09-18-2011 09:07 PM

critique jumper/xc
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Ok, never actually done one of these be kinda nice. :wink:

This is Cappella, my 5 yr old ottb. He's technically been off track for a year and a half, but only in any kind of training program since last Jan. So far he's been really nice, if not a little stubborn. He loves to jump, does ok with dressage, and lives for trail rides.

Let me know how we're doing. I know my bad habits tend towards a too high heel, over jumping some, and a too tight release (he's faster and stronger than my last horse and i am learning to deal)...but anything look horrible or ok?

a variety of xc (hunter paces and schooling) and stadium type jumps

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Eliz 09-18-2011 09:12 PM

Hey I have that helmet :D

wren 09-19-2011 06:51 AM

i love that helmet! :-)

gypsygirl 09-19-2011 07:45 AM

hes cute !! i actually like your release a lot, you dont need to give them a loopy rein, contact over the fence is just fine.

the only think i didnt like is how you jumped some of the sj fences backwards, thats not fair to a green horse.

wren 09-20-2011 02:22 PM

Thanks Gypsy!
I actually never even thought about jumping the stadium ones backwards...I was just trying to get him over them all from both directions to get him used to everything. But what you are saying makes sense.

Corporal 09-20-2011 03:03 PM

First I really like you AND your horse.
RE the horse: Boy, he looks like he could handle higher and wider. He's not trying that hard. I am SURE that makes you feel pretty safe, so I'm not gonna suggest, BUT, if you practiced some oxers I think he'd tuck more. ...just MHO...
I, too, like your release. Regarding your heels, if you can spend extra time sitting that big trot of his and let your ankles "spring" with every stride, that will both strengthen and lengthen your ankles. Also, if you a friend who has taken classical dance (ballet or tap or jazz), have her teach you to point, flex, do a plie and rise to demi-point. Ankles seem to be the ONE part of our rider's bodies that we ignore.

Endiku 09-20-2011 06:28 PM

That's one scopey horse! I'm no jumping expert so I won't critique, but his jump is very clean and absolutely beautiful, as is he.

MudPaint 09-20-2011 06:40 PM

I actually have no issue with your heels. Your base support looks really stable and consistent across all the pics. It's not like they are up and your toes are down. You only have one photo where it's different and that's a really awkward jump for both of you. Your release is in the right place, but remember... hand on the neck, not in the air. Even though your pretty stable and don't look like the rider that falls back, you want your hand lightly resting or pressing into the neck. Not only will it give you support (and possible mane if he does jump way big), it will create a less broken connection from the bit to elbow. When you feel comfortable you could move to an auto release. I find that I feel more control with an auto release over the fence as I always have light contact. Otherwise you look pretty darn good. I really love your tight leg.

I jump show jumps from both sides... as long as it's a square oxer it shouldn't matter. The only thing I'd caution against is be sure to put a ground line down for him so he doesn't learn to climb the fences. In some of the s/j shots he's a little close. He def looks like he has some scope! Use some bounce grids to tighten up those knees and you'll be good to go.

I really like him and will try not to steal him. No promises.

tinyliny 09-20-2011 10:05 PM

I know very little about jumping. I can tell bad jump form, and your's is not it! I think you look very capable, balanced, and well matched to your horse.
I like the way you keep your core close to the saddle , not in front of it.

wren 09-21-2011 10:24 AM

Thanks everybody! I am just so pleased with how Cappella is doing, and all the nice compliments on him! He really loves to jump. I plan on taking our time and bringing him up right, but i have a feeling he is going to be able to do the big classes in a couple of years. That free jump picture, he just trotted up to the jump all casual-like, then hopped right over. Ha!
And thanks for the comments on my riding too. I have really tried this year to work hard on my position. Having a greenie, i do want my position flaws to get in his way. So i really try. But i know i have things to work on. I always feel like i am giving on the landing, but once in a while the pics make it look like i am grabbing him right as we land. Do i need to slip reins? Not sit up so quick? when i get home i'll try to post a pic to show you what i mean.

Our first actual ODE is coming up this weekend. Wish up luck!

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