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post #11 of 15 Old 06-26-2013, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by InsaneDino View Post
All I'm asking is critique on the horse's form. I'm not asking for critique on myself or my style of riding.
And this is where you learn the phrase "form follows function". It is a principle usually associated with design and architecture, but perfectly fits with riding. Unless you ride correctly (function), your mare will not jump properly (form).

I will not give you any advice because a critique should be on the whole picture, that is, the whole team of horse and rider.
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-26-2013, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by InsaneDino View Post
All I'm asking is critique on the horse's form. I'm not asking for critique on myself or my style of riding.
The way you ride will impact the horse's form. You are not a separate entity from the horse!

Jumping bareback is great fun, I get that, BUT you want to help your green horse improve her form, you need to be PREPARED. This means ride her in a saddle and shoes on your feet.

Do lots of pole work. Lots of grid work, related distances, bounces etc. And just because she CAN just 3'6" doesn't mean that you should. Train for form and technique, not for height. Height will come later.
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-26-2013, 10:42 PM
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She doesn't look happy. Try jumping them on the ground with her and rewarding her when she does a good job. Only jump with her a couple of times a week till she is more comfortable doing them and don't overwork her, but don't take no for an answer.
Hope this helps

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post #14 of 15 Old 06-26-2013, 10:53 PM
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yeah the horse looks next miserable maybe its just this pic maybe it all of them but the point is she looks unhappy in the only picture you gave us so we're going to call you out on it because it's not fair to her if she's doesn't like her job and that fact alone can hold her back from succeeding

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post #15 of 15 Old 06-27-2013, 01:27 AM
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You don't need to ride with shoes...?

You're on a green horse- regardless of whether she has a solid W/T/C, you've said she's green over fences. That means that "stuff" happens. What about a run out, refusal, over jump? You're not in a saddle, so chances are you're going to slide to the ground, and what happens when you're on the ground and your pretty pony is jigging or spooking or just being a brat because she isn't sure of herself and then she steps on your foot. 1 ) You're left with a broken foot (probably ripped right open...) and 2 ) a horse that knows if she runs out / stops / bucks her rider is going to 'get off' and not do a thing about it.

And on another note, bareback days ARE fun! When your horse already knows what they're doing, she looks unsure of herself here which says she needs as much support as possible from you the rider. IE: riding correctly so she can jump correctly.
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