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post #1 of 8 Old 09-04-2017, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique (video) - sitting down too soon?

Hi everyone,

Thank you very much to those who commented on my last post!

I don't have money to take lessons right now but I really want to improve my riding, so I've decided to periodically post videos on here to get some feedback. I know it's the internet and everyone has different opinions, but I think I can learn a lot from hearing from riders of all different backgrounds! :)

This time I'd like to ask for critique of a clip of me jumping.

My main question is: Do you think I'm sitting down too soon over the jump?

I used to have a big problem with over-jumping and over-releasing, so lately I've been working on keeping my chest up and not throwing myself up the neck. However, looking at this video I now think I might not be staying up in 2pt long enough. What do you think??

Also, do you notice anything else I need to work on?


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post #2 of 8 Old 09-04-2017, 04:35 PM
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Haven't jumped for many years, so you may get better advice from others, the joys of the internet..

I think it isn't that you are sitting down too soon, but you have your butt too far out of the tack over such a small jump. At that size I would like to see you still keeping your seat down, and just folding forward from your hips, and maybe a touch more give with your hands.

Lower leg looks good to me, and it is keeping you in a nice stable position, heels down and looking good. From the uneducated eye more to like than dislike.

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-04-2017, 05:39 PM
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Might just be me, but it looked to me like you didn't give him quite enough of a release so when you leaned back after landing the jump you caught him in the mouth when he wanted to stretch his neck out to canter away. I know you said you tend to over release, but I think you may have tipped the scale a little too far the other way.

I also think you did sit back too early because you did a little bounce when you hit his back while his hind end was still coming over. Wouldn't hurt to arch you back more and pull your shoulders back so your upper body is less forward also.

Your lower leg looks good to me and you had good flow with the horse, so it certainly wasn't bad, just some minor things.

It's hard to tell what the shape of your riding area is, but were you on the wrong lead? It looked like you were going to go to the right when you cantered away, but correct me if I'm not looking at it correctly.

(I don't do much riding critique but thought I would try my hand on it, so I'm sure someone will speak up if they disagree with me since I'm not experienced in giving critique.)

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Wouldn't hurt to arch you back more and pull your shoulders back so your upper body is less forward also.
Arching of back is not a good thing, flat folding from hips is what is wanted...
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-04-2017, 06:19 PM
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I mean arching inward to bring the upper body back (the opposite of slouching? Don't know how else to describe). To keep your weight centered and not up on the horse's neck. That is how I was taught, anyways. Tall upper body, not leaning on the horse's neck.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-05-2017, 01:47 PM
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I am a non-jumper, so I only know what I learn here from other REAL jumpers. However, rewatching your video (which is really good, btw) to me , it looks like you are leaving the saddle a little bit too soon. So, jumping ahead of your horse a tiny bit, which puts you too far forward of the pommel, and means you sort of have to come back down too soon.

maybe try letting the horse's push lift you , delaying if possible?

again, from a non-jumper here, so take it with a big lump of salt.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-05-2017, 02:42 PM
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I was taught to be in two-point when you can no longer see the jump b/c it is blocked by the horse's ears. Of course, with that said, you are looking straight ahead and not looking at the jump itself.

The higher the jump, the farther your booty will be out of the saddle. For a low jump, you may barely need to come out of the saddle at all.

For no lessons, I think you are doing well. You could have a little bit more a crest release for him, but not much. I certainly don't think you are sitting too soon.

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post #8 of 8 Old 09-06-2017, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I'll take some more videos next time I jump trying out some of your suggestions. Yeah, I think I could release a little more, although it is a small jump. Luckily I have her in a bitless bridle, so I won't be catching her in the mouth if I mess up :) Thanks for all the advice!
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