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post #1 of 13 Old 10-17-2015, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Question Critique (Again With Photos Working)

So I already posted this, but I think I got the pictures working so I'm posting again

Okay so I have been riding this horse three days a week for about 2 months and we have been jumping about 2'3" and 2'6" every lesson. I was never really thrilled with my position over jumps, but in my last lesson my trainer moved me up to 2'9" I know there are some things I definitely need to work on so if anyone could give me tips that would be amazing. I am also needing to improve because we are going to a show next weekend and I'm a bit worried that I'm not prepared enough. The pictures attached are from our last show where we only jumped 2'0" 2'3" but I think you can still get the idea. Thanks in advance!

PS I know I have horrible leg, but I've been working on it a lot so it looks much better now versus in these pictures
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-17-2015, 02:53 PM
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it looks like you are jumping ahead of your horse. your pubic area is in front of the pommel. if horse propped you'd be likely to go over his head.

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post #3 of 13 Old 10-17-2015, 07:28 PM
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The biggest thing that stands out to me is how forced your position is.

Looks like you're jumping hunters and probably focusing on equitation?

I feel like people tend to over focus on that and forget how to ride and while I get that it's part of the package for that I find positions are often forced.

Unfortunately that is where my advice ends lol. I would recommend a more casual approach short term and then polish up before a show but I'm not really qualified to give advice on that.

Agree you're forward. In fact in pretty much all the pics including flat you are forward. If the horse disappeared would you land on your feet? That applies to all riding not just dressage. You may have a different posture but it should still be balanced. Maybe some dressage lessons would help.

I like your horse :) You two are cute. Just try to relax and have fun and oddly enough I think that will help.

You also both look a little out of sync with the direction of travel. It may just be me or I may just be nitpicking but in all pics (the first one highlights) if you saw just the horse you'd say one thing and just the rider you'd say another.

Is he strong? He looks like a cute cross country mount lol.
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You appear to be using your knee as your main contact point. Try and think about using the entire long bone from the inside of your knee to the ankle for a more complete contact. It will take some of the pinch out of your knee and keep you leg from slipping back.

Your position does look forced and you're jumping ahead a bit. Since you're so tight, your hips fail to absorb the motion and go up over the pommel instead of fold underneath your center. Try and relax your hips as you approach the fence and wait for your horse to close your hip angle as he jumps.

If you want to over-correct for the sake of training, try to sit down over the jumps. You'll never get there, so don't worry about sitting on your horse's back in the air and it will re-educate your body to where your hips should be in relation to your legs over the fence.

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post #5 of 13 Old 10-19-2015, 05:26 PM
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You appear to be pivoting at the knee and forcing your heels down and back. Heels down is a great thing but in order to do that you are also pushing your legs back which is not so good.
I notice he doesn't jump much at this height so you are probably feeling like you need to force your position (as Yogiwick said) and I have a bit to add on that. Think about sitting down and waiting for the jump to come to you, once the jump comes to you allow your horse to push you out of the saddle. Every move you make should be in response to something your horse does.
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-19-2015, 10:04 PM
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Yes the heels should be relaxed downwards. I find the overly forced exaggerated heel is common in hunters and while you do want to make a point of having it down even more than usual when jumping it still should not be a forced thing or that exaggerated.
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-21-2015, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone who replied :)

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post #8 of 13 Old 10-24-2015, 12:18 AM
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One of the best tips my trainer gave me was similar to Saddlebred11.
It was to maintain your two point and let the horse come up underneath you (to meet you). That kept things simpler for a novice jumper like me.
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-25-2015, 01:08 PM
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Just a question here.. Your trainer is having this horse jump around 2'6" consistently 3x a week?? Does anyone else jump him too?? That's a lot to ask of a horse every week...

I've always thought 2x a week was more than enough for jumping and that you never school your 'show height' consistently. I was showing 3'3" jumpers with my old mare, but my trainer had me practice at 2' during my lessons, and only once every two weeks did we school our show height..

Not trying to bad mouth or criticize, that's just super bad for their joints!

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post #10 of 13 Old 10-31-2015, 01:34 AM
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I think I'm the only one to bring up that your back is really tense. Don't jump the jump for your horse, let him do his job and stay relaxed and with him. It's all about the core, and sinking into your heels.
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