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9 year old Pinto gelding. Showing in 3ft show jumpers,team penning, barrel racing and walk trot classes with my lesson students. Most level headed,smart, hearted horse i have ever had. He was my first horse when i was 11 years old, I broke him when i was 11. He had only been rode 3 times before me at time of purchase. He is my life.

(this video is a joke) but you can see i ride him bareback and bridle less. doing that stupid redneck "stand on the horse" thing


 

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Wow, what a COOL COOL horse!!!! What a partnership you two have!
 

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What exactly are we critiquing?

You appear to be the type who does jumpers going nine million miles an hour and forgoing any finesse. Actually getting better spots and leads will help your time even though you are going slower (because you are more flowing and more balanced).
 

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And wins at nine million miles an hour, tell you what no matter what lead he takes hes still the happiest pony walking out of the arena at schooling shows. And if hes not balanced than I'm the president of the united states he totally saves himself when i cant in tight situations. 5th leg, im telling you.

but what are you guys critiquing? nothing i guess. call me crazy but i thought i thought you could post videos of a horse and rider partnership and feel good about it on here. maybe critique a specific approach to a fence...i know there was a few close ups in the video
 

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she didn't critique one specific thing.
I didn't?

Saying you are running around a course instead of navigating it is a critique of your riding and training.

Running like crazy is rampant in the lower level jumper classes. It may win. But it is not the correct way to do a jumper course and it will not work at the higher levels.

You need to slow down and go back to basics so you can regulate your horses pace to the jumps. Setting the horse up properly for the jump allows you to clear the jump and move forward with out stuttering and knocking down poles.



(That is a critique of the video you posted, in case you were not sure.)
 

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but what are you guys critiquing? nothing i guess. call me crazy but i thought i thought you could post videos of a horse and rider partnership and feel good about it on here. maybe critique a specific approach to a fence...i know there was a few close ups in the video

Your title of this thread is asking for a critique, and ABs point of your speed is a valid one.

If you didn't want a critique it would probably have been better to not ask for one, and have posted this in the video section rather than the critique section of the board.
 

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Lovely horse and you can see the connection you guys have in the first video, I would like to see a little more of a partnership in the second video.

First, your lower leg could use some solidifying, it is often too far infront of your hip, putting you almost in a chair seat. This is somewhat related to you using your leg to brace back against your horse as he is travelling quite quick around the course of jumps. This results in your being left behind in a couple and returning to the saddle too soon after the jump.

Speed can be OK in SJ, provided it isn't flat. Your horse certainly has the quicks to get around a course and he is a bold jumper but he is compensating the flat movement with long, flat jumps. Right now over small jumps it won't pose too much of a problem unless you really misjudge an approach in which case the consequences may be severe. Additionally, you will do much better over combinations with an energetic but engaged canter in between.

Perfect practice makes perfect. Get everything right over a small course and it will serve you well when the courses are higher and more complicated.

Good luck!
 
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