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Hey guys!
On Sunday I finally got to jump for the first time this season (only got back from university 2 weeks ago.) NOTE: my horse is much fitter then I am hahaha.
What I'm looking for is a critique on my position, sorry that the video is pretty terrible quality but I slowed it down so you can get a better look.

What I see:
my horse is HOT, as he often is when just getting back into jumping (he has been longed over jumps to get fit.) This is something that I will be working on consistently.
I am actually a fan of my lower leg, but I can attribute that to me wearing full length full grain leather chaps.
I like what I look like at 0:07. However, what my beeeehind does after that, I'm not very impressed with.
I am satisfied with my release, but would like to see my back hollow a little more, but that might be due to the big sweater.

Suggestions?!
I'm posting this because what you guys suggest I'd like to put into action IMMEDIATELY, so I don't develop bad habits that I'll carry because I have a tendency to do that.

Soooo let me try and post a youtube link!

 

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All I can see is that it looks like you sat down too soon after the fence.
 

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It's kind of hard to see in the video, but here are some things I noticed:

1) Your back is hunched. You need to have a good back that is not stiff while riding, but you also can not hunch. Try pushing your shoulders back like you are swimming.

2) You seem to be jumping ahead slightly, and are crawling up your horse's neck. Either that or you are ducking extremely low on his neck.

3) Your reins are tight, and you need to soften your hands (not while jumping, just before the jump). Keep your reins short enough so that you have a feel on your horse's mouth, but not so much that you pull on his mouth.

4) You sat down too quickly after the jump. Wait a little.

Other than that, good job! :) You are a very good rider! Keep at it, and don't take any of what I said to be offensive. Happy riding, and good luck. XD XD XD
 

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Thanks guys!
I really appreciate both of your advice. I'm really trying to be proactive this year, since I've already missed my first two lessons (first because of missing trailer parts, now unfortunately I'm having serious jaw/teeth problems and am confined to bed/couch) so I really want to take a critical look at my riding and try and get into the mindset of "THIS is how to do it."
So I appreciate the advice and trust me I'll be taking it to heart and posting more videos (aka when its not my first time jumping since July of last year.. hahaha) for more critiques!
 

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So I appreciate the advice and trust me I'll be taking it to heart and posting more videos (aka when its not my first time jumping since July of last year.. hahaha) for more critiques!
Wow... since July??? That's quite a long time. You're doing really good if it's your first time jumping since then. :p
 

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Wow... since July??? That's quite a long time. You're doing really good if it's your first time jumping since then. :p
Yep! I rode him from May - July last year but then got busy with 2 jobs and getting ready for a huge move so I had to give up riding :(
But I'm back in the game.
Two things I want to add:
I think my reins are short as a defense mechanism, because I forgot my running martingale at my boyfriend's, and my horse is an Arab and has a trademark Arab head flip. But seeing his head and approach to the jump makes me think that if I was actually actively riding from my seat into my hands I'd be in a MUCH better position to approach that jump. So I'm going to ditch that martingale for a while.
And also, I'm going to have the boyfriend lunge me over some small (1ft) jumps with my eyes closed and arms out. I used to have absolutely beautiful equitation o/f that was carried by the motion of my horse and I'd like to get it back ASAP!
 

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Use ground lines more effectively. Since your horse tends to be a little hot, and in the video, runs up and gets in close to the fence, roll the ground line out a foot or two. Your horse could also probably benefit from canter poles before and after the fence; and you could both also use a lot of grid or gymanstic work on a loose rein. It would give you the freedom to concentrate on your position, and allow him to find his own distances without argument or interference.
 

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Use ground lines more effectively. Since your horse tends to be a little hot, and in the video, runs up and gets in close to the fence, roll the ground line out a foot or two. Your horse could also probably benefit from canter poles before and after the fence; and you could both also use a lot of grid or gymanstic work on a loose rein. It would give you the freedom to concentrate on your position, and allow him to find his own distances without argument or interference.
Thanks Maura!
That's what my coach typically has us do - loads, and loads, and loads of gymnastic work. The summer I tested C, I believe, we had to do gymnastics and ground poles every single lesson because he had to learn to trot into a fence. He loves to rush fences but can typically keep his weight very well on his hind end. It's part of what makes him a terrifying ride and a champion jumper, but its still a source of constant frustration. :-x
 
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