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post #11 of 13 Old 08-26-2014, 06:23 PM
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I would raise your stirrups a bit. other than that you look good!

Pfft. I Didn't pick up a wrong lead. its a counter canter, a very precise movement
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-26-2014, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by brookelovesparelli View Post
So our pony club ran an eventer trial this weekend on Sunday, here's a pic of me and my mare (pretty bad) so critique till your hearts content. Attachment 45859

First, you need to get your lower leg at the girth to keep that lower leg from swinging back the way it has. This topples your upper body forward and makes for a very unstable position. If your horse babbled even a little bit, you would have been off. There are no legs holding you onto the horse.

And, please, do some jumping grids with your horse that incorporates bounce jumps. Your horse is hanging it's knees a lot and that can be a bad thing on XC. Your horse might really improve with some grid training.

WOW!! I just noticed that Bodi reopened and VERY old thread. Oh, well.....
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-26-2014, 11:28 PM
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If your leg was underneath you, your upper body was off you horse's neck, and you had a better release, your position would be almost perfect. Like many people above have said, shorten your stirrups. Also, if you sink down into your heels, it will help keep your lower leg solid and your stirrup leather perpendicular to the ground. Although your adorable horse is dropping her knees a lot, she's clearing the jump with plenty of room. Push your hands forward as she takes off to give her a nice release over the fence. Overall, I think you need to strengthen your position. But nice job, and good luck to you in the future. :)

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