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post #1 of 5 Old 07-15-2014, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Show Pictures Critique

So these are pics from my first show at 2'9"! I posted them in Pictures but I also want them critiqued. If this isn't okay I apologize. But I guess the link to the pics is here: but I want them critiqued here since technically they aren't supposed to be critiqued in the pictures thread and I didn't want to repost them.

As I said in the other thread, I know I got a little lost over the oxer because he kept jumping it very hard. Other than that, I notice my feet turning out a little. Anything else?

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-15-2014, 12:37 PM
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I read what a few others noted on the other forum post, so I won't touch on that, but you seem to be looking down quite a bit. I'm not an expert so maybe someone can correct me, but it will really help solve the 'jumping ahead' issue if you look ahead of your jump and towards your next one. With me, if I look at my jump, I will subconsciously anticipate it, then I jump ahead.

Practice getting your eyes up and looking at your next jump. I bet that will help with whole sitting back and waiting for the jump thing.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-15-2014, 01:47 PM
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First of all, I"ll point out the good things about your ride. Your horse is adorable, and he looks like an enthusiastic jumper. You have a nice release and your heels stay down most of the time. Now for some of the minor issues I see: your leg tends to lip backwards over the fence. To try to combat this, really think about sinking own into your heels and keeping your toes pointed forward. That will help you stay balanced. I would shorten your stirrups a hole too- that could help. Try to ride with a bit of a shorter rein, so you stay in a elasticized contact with the horse's mouth over the fence. There are two more things I notice that have already been pointed out: looking down at the fence and laying on your horse's neck. Keeping your head and eyes up and looking at your next fence (not the current one) will help you stay balanced and with the horse's motion. Laying on your horse's neck is a symptom of jumping ahead. Try to stay a bit off your horse's neck, while still keeping a flat back. Otherwise, great job. Good luck to you in the future! Hope I helped.

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I don't know much about jumping. to me, you looked great, and your horse is yummy. this photo, from the flat part, shows your hands and arms as locked and downward angled. looks a bit like you are either trying to pull his head down, or are just a bit tipping forward and balancing on the rein. I bet this is just one of those moments where things aren't put together so well. we all have lots of those, interrrupted by occasional moments of brilliance.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-16-2014, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone so much for the critiques and the compliments on Carlyle. He is really the best and he takes such good care of me :)

hornedfrog: I absolutely anticipate and throw myself at the jump. It is something I have been working on a lot with my trainer and actually its something I've had an issue with my entire horse-riding "career." I usually am pretty good about having my eyes up because I used to ride a really bad stopper that would take the slightest downward tilt as an excuse, but maybe I've slipped since my horse is really reliable. I will definitely keep that in mind, want to nip any forming bad habits in the bud

quarterhorsegirl: I definitely need to sit back until my horse jumps, I think that is why my leg is going back and i am laying on his neck. I go up too early then I get pushed forward again when he jumps. Def need to work on that.

tinyliny: I have recently been trying to ride with more contact to encourage my horse into a frame and obviously I don't know what I am doing yet haha. My old horse hated his mouth touched so I am working on riding with more contact but I haven't yet finessed that. He was being very up and bending the wrong way in the flat class so I think I was trying to fix that. I took a dressage lesson on Monday after this show to learn how to do this more effectively.

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