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post #1 of 4 Old 06-21-2014, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Posted in English Riding, but would like a critique here :)

As said in the other thread, this was my second ever jump class and second jump show. There was another round but my husband didn't film it right. I had fallen off Wednesday because I looked down and then so did the horse and well, off I went! I don't jump all the time, so I would like any feed back please! Good or bad! Thanks!!

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Nicely done!!

If I were to offer critique at this stage of your training it would be to not have your hands so wide. Bring them together so that they are around 4-6 inches apart. Also, I would work on getting the horse more responsive to your leg so that you don't have to drop all of your contact to give the horse a smack with the crop before the jump.

While doing flat work, carry a longer dressage whip. Apply your leg in a small squeeze. If the horse ignores (and he likely will) squeeze harder (don't kick). If he ignores that, give him a smart tap with the whip behind your leg. When he reacts to that, give him LOTS of praise. Keep doing that and you will see him start to react sooner, to avoid the tap AND to get praised.

You should never have to KICK to get the horse to move off of your leg. He needs to learn to listen and respect.

I like that you are doing a crest release over the jump. As a result, you don't get in the horse's mouth over the jump. Your next lesson is to be able to transition from the crest release to keeping a consistent contact after the jump.
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Thank you for responding! I did not realize my hands were so far apart until I saw the video. He is young, 5 I think, and is veeerrryyy slow going.
We actually had to canter in the warm up to get him going.
And I feel like I need to keep my back more flat. My shoulders hunch over a bit too much, even when I'm not riding. :-/
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First thing is I would more on getting him to respond to your leg and seat more than starting the trot with a few smacks to the backside. Honestly, that makes me cringe, he wasn't even given the chance to get moving forward from your leg and seat.

I would also work on keeping your hands steady and closer together.
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