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Well, there are some good moments, and many bad moments! Critique them all, please! My riding in some of the bad moments did contribute to the messiness of them, I'm not going to place all of the blame on my baby boy :). Yesterday's lesson was hard on him- he doesn't usually have to do poles, so he really had to pick up his feet. Also, because he's usually on the forehand after the last jump, it was hard for him with the pole afterwards :). It's good for him, though, to have to work this hard! He's been looking a little chunky recently :D.
Thanks in advance!
 

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I didn't watch the whole thing because my computer is being SLOOOOOOW but from the parts that did work: I did notice that you're sitting down too early over some of the jumps. That might be interfering with him and causing him to pull them with his back legs.

Also make sure you have your leg on the whole way through the combos to support him and to keep him from getting so sticky.

I commend you on your ability to stay on at the end!
 

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First of all i'd like to say good work, I know how hard it can be to get the hang of poles, I'm in the process of teaching my boy how to actually do them - he jumps them like a spread!
A lot of the time your hands are down quite low, if you pick them up a little, you'll be able to pick him up more. This is also contributing to you getting inot a bit of a chair seat over the jumps which in turn is confusing him as to whether you really want him to go over the jumps or not.
That's all I can think of for now, and GREAT job on staying on when he stopped - are you sticky taped to that saddle or something??? lol
 

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He has a great speed at the canter, but you need to sit a little deeper in your seat during it. I prefer to have my horse rounded most of the time, not necassarily fully collected, but rounded. It helps them use their butt more so when they go over things they push with their back end instead of straining their front. At 00:50 he gets pretty racey, and having a longer gait helps them go over even the small jumps cleanly. Your leg and arm position is great! :)
 

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What really stuck out at me is how much he is rushing towards the jumps, poles, cavaletti's, whatever he's being aimed at. If you can get him to slow down and round up a bit, he'll have an easier time getting through those combos.
 

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Thank you guys so much! I'll definitely work on staying in my two-point over the jumps. I think part of it may be that my legs are really weak right now- would two-point on the flat help me with that at all? I'll also sit down more in my canter- I'm riding Tuesday so I'll definitely work on all of these things :).
 

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That's all I can think of for now, and GREAT job on staying on when he stopped - are you sticky taped to that saddle or something??? lol
haha thanks :). I actually remember thinking, "Should I just let myself drop or try and get back up" as I stared at the pole :D.
 

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haha great job staying on at the end !! sorry that part just made me laugh =]

you guys look pretty good over all ! the biggest critique i have would be to make sure to keep your leg under you so you arent in a chair seat. also when you are jumping, dont sit back on your seat bones so much. if you have a little more weight on your pubis you wont have to fling your body forward so much before the jump and end up sitting in the tack to early on landing. =]
 

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Not comments on your riding other than nice save on that last refusal. That was awesome.
 

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haha great job staying on at the end !! sorry that part just made me laugh =]

you guys look pretty good over all ! the biggest critique i have would be to make sure to keep your leg under you so you arent in a chair seat. also when you are jumping, dont sit back on your seat bones so much. if you have a little more weight on your pubis you wont have to fling your body forward so much before the jump and end up sitting in the tack to early on landing. =]
Thanks! I'm riding today, so do you think that working on my two-point on the flat would help with not sitting back so early? And don't apologize for laughing, I sat up and was grinning, and whenever I watch that part, it makes me laugh :D.
 

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Thanks! I'm riding today, so do you think that working on my two-point on the flat would help with not sitting back so early? And don't apologize for laughing, I sat up and was grinning, and whenever I watch that part, it makes me laugh :D.
gotta laugh or youd cry, right ? haha

have you ever done 3point ? you stay in the tack more than your 2point, but you still close your hip angle as in your 2pt. so that you have more weight on your pubis than your seat bones. if that makes sense ?
 

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I THINK it makes sense- is it a little bit like half-seat? Or am I just completely confused :D. I'm pretty sure it makes sense though.
 

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yes i think so, although i dont use that term because so many people think it means something different !
 

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I always thought that 3 point was the normal riding seat - because you have 3 points of you on the horse. (Your two legs and your butt)
And then 2 point was the jumping position because you have your two legs on.

I understand what you are saying though gypsygirl - it's the seat you use in between jumps in a course, just like normal but with a softer, lighter hip angle.
 

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The only things I really noticed was that when you were cantering your feet went straight out to the side when they should be pointing more to the front. This may be because you are putting to much weight into your stirrups and not holding on with your legs as much as you should be. My other point is that I saw you were sticking your legs/feet forward (chair seat) when you went through one of the jump/pole combo's. Put your legs/feet a bit further back, heels down, and sit deeper into the saddle. Others's have also been saying to round your horse up a bit more, I agree. My first coach was a dressage coach and my first jumping coach was an eventer so she did dressage as well, my current coach is a dressage/jumper coach as well so I am always working on collecting/rounding/bending my horse (flatwork). From what I have seen/learned is that basic dressage is in everything we do when jumping. I am not telling you to do dressage movements/full collection but just round your horse up and he will work a lot better from his bum and have a more powerful but controlable take off/jump/landing. Good job on the last part of the video. I almost fell off my pony like that at a show, though this looked a lot harder to stay on!
 

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I always thought that 3 point was the normal riding seat - because you have 3 points of you on the horse. (Your two legs and your butt)
And then 2 point was the jumping position because you have your two legs on.

I understand what you are saying though gypsygirl - it's the seat you use in between jumps in a course, just like normal but with a softer, lighter hip angle.
people all have different terms it seems ! i do not use 3pt to mean a deep, full seat, but i know some do !
 

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Thanks for the critique, Sophia! A chair seat is definitely one of my biggest problems, partly because of the saddle. I don't get to choose which saddle Thumper is ridden in, and that saddle definitely puts you in a chair seat. I'm not blaming it all on the saddle, I'm sure it's partly me, but it definitely makes the problem bigger. I'll definitely work on asking him to work more from behind! It's one of HIS biggest issues (besides being insanely heavy on his right side). I'll ask my instructor if we can work on this some more at my next lesson!
 

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Just like everyon has said, work on staying in two-point a little after the jump. Other then that good job. and good save :) I know i would of been on the ground lol.
 
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