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Okay so I've gotten brave enough to post the first videos I've ever had of myself riding... So I've never seen myself ride before (never even had pics taken before) so please be kind, though truthful! :)

Sorry for the horrible quality of them :( and the girl recording them was on her horse so that's why it's a bit shaky in some parts. I will be sure to get a better camera out soon to take some more pictures/videos. :)

It was only I think my third time riding the bay mare, Honey. She's very "speedy" and does not like to take it slow, so I was trying to keep her calm.



This is me and my horse, Hunter. A lesson girl was riding him today but he was being lazy and refusing a lot with her, so I got on him for a minute to remind him he had to listen to his rider. I normally ride him with really loose reins but he kept trying to go around the jumps...



I do notice I'm kind of jumping ahead and probably leaning forward while riding a bit too much, but what do yall see that I need to work on?

PS: these are from today, my second day back jumping after a 3 week break after bruising my tailbone/lower back..
 

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It is pretty hard to critique, as the clarity and angles are poor. I would recommend not leaning so forward on the flat and be careful not to sit back down too quickly after the jump. Also, and again I can not tell 100%, but you may need to give a tad bit more release.
 

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Ha yeah... I didn't think she'd jump over it the first time I did it, but the girl video taping was the horse owners daughter and she wanted to see her jump it a few times. I was also thinking I needed more release and to watch how quickly I came down but I didn't know if it was just my perfectionist coming out lol. Thanks! I knows they aren't the best quality to critique, I'll try to get better ones up soon. Figured I'd see what I could get as feedback for right now though. :)
 

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a few better pics/ video

I talked my bf into going to the barn with me today, so he took a bunch of pictures and a video of my riding. The more I look at them the more I cringe- I know I can ride better than that! So please give me some tips as to what exactly I should focus on working on! :)

As said in the OP, I'm still getting "back in shape" from my fall a few weeks ago since I've taken it easy on my back. I am soo stiff!

First four are stills from the video, last 6 are pictures.

 

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I actually like your position between fences. It is a tad forward but you look balanced over your horse. If you can assume that same position without touching your horse's neck for balance, it's the right spot. On approach to fences, maybe assume a more full or light seat. Just get a little closer to the tack and open your chest to give your horse a little balancing half halt before he has to jump. I like that you do very little with your upper body over the fences. Release could be a tad more, but it's adequate for what you're jumping.
 

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I agree with Myboypuck. Keep a little closer to the saddle over the fences to ensure you don't fall into the habit of overjumping. That will also help to make sure your leg does not slip back either, as long as you keep your weight in your stirrups. Your release looks okay, but I personally would give just a tad bit more. You do look a little stiff in the video, but I know you already mentioned that. Good job though!
 

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I am trying to loosen back up a bit, so I know I'm a bit "tight" going over the jumps and I need to be closer down to the seat and back a tad. Should I be sitting deeper into the saddle at all or no? I feel like I'm almost standing up at the canter between jumps (and I didn't look quite like that before I bruised my tailbone/lower back).

Releasing more is something I'm trying to work on, but some of the horses I ride, if you give too much release they take advantage of it so it's been a balancing act learning when is enough or too much.

Do you think I'm jumping ahead at all?
 

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You are standing up kinda cross country style. If that's not your intent, than yes, sit down more.

I don't think you're jumping ahead. It's more like you just assumed one position and never altered it at all. Your horse jumps a little on his forehand most likely because you're already up there in jumping position over his shoulders long before he leaves the ground. About 4 or 5 strides out, just sit up for the remaining strides before the fence. It will serve as an automatic half halt and help your horse jump better.
 

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Alright, thanks! My guy isn't really a jumper, either, more of just "I'll go along with whatever you want me to do" lol. I ride others who are jumpers, and I will try to get a video of me on one of them soon to see if I ride any differently on them.

I didn't realize standing up was more of a cross country style, but I am hoping on getting into showing either Hunters or Jumpers this year (not sure what the trainer at my barn is wanting me to do yet).. Which style would fit H/J better?

I think I'm going to start doing more stretches to help loosen my back up to see if that helps. It's like I lost all the muscle in my back over the 3 weeks of babying it after falling off :(
 

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With my horse when jumping, I need to stay back in my saddle, especially when approaching the fences, to keep him going steadily and to keep him confident over the fences. If I stood up like you do, he would never jump anything and I would be flying over his shoulder. Haha! I would recommend sitting back in your saddle a little more, especially upon approach. This is just a good thing to keep in mind too if you ride new horses often, to help be prepared just in case they stop.
 

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I used to ride Hunters, so was more "perched" forward in the saddle. I do Eventing now, which has really gotten me to learn to sit back and drive him forward. I know some horses don't need that extra consideration as much, but it has definately helped me and my horse, in terms of him being more honest over fences. He used to have issues with rushing the fences too... which obviously doesn't go well with refusing. :wink:
 

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Oohh yeah I can believe that. I rode our "fun pony" today, who decided he wanted to refuse as much as not, but try to rush and take off at every opportunity :/ not a fun ride. Definitely sat back a lot more on him today than normal just to keep my balance on him trying to go in every direction but where I wanted him to go.
 

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I also agree that you need to sit back in your saddle. The horses seem to be running a bit and I think if you sat back and used your seat more effectivly that may help slow them down and give them direction. I am by no means a great jumper, but those dirty ponies that will run out on fences everytime have taught me that you better keep your but it that saddle! It will also help your horse become more balanced to the fence and improve your approach.
 

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Thanks, lacey123, I will work on it:) I'm gonna try to get better videos of me riding different horses to see if I always lean that far forward or if it's just with hunter...
 
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