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This is from a little schooling show the past weekend. We did very well, but I picked apart everything and want you to do the same!

I have no idea what is going on with my lower back...I need to fill that and be softer. I'm jumping up his neck in the jumping pictures. Also, my hands look...upside down(?) in a lot of the pictures. They weren't so I'm not sure why they look so wonky.

Oh, and this is my lovely little lease horse Sunny. He's around 20 and puts up with all my crap.

Anyway. Constructive Criticism, Ahoy!












(Cant stand that picture but I put it up anyway. I look like I'm trying to leap over his ears)





(Butt is way out of the saddle...no idea what was going on here.)





Thank youuuu! <3
 

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I think you hit a lot of your own faults but it does seem to me in every picture but one, that you are REALLY into his mouth, but it looks like he puts up with it well.
 

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Yeah, Cinny, I feel the same way (even while riding). Everytime I get on, my instructor is telling me to shorten the reins till they're about that length though... It looked to short to me (and feels the same way) so... maybe there is some hole in our communication or something? Hmm
 

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I ride with my hands in my lap too. I have a show on Saturday and have been working so hard on keeping them forward. I'm going to tie a white rubber band around a piece of his mane in the right spot to remind me to keep them there this time! Nice pics. Your horse looks very sweet.
 

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Elbows in!! You look like you're trying to take flight!
You really need to work relentlessly, every day, on and off the horse, to keep your elbows physically on your hips. It takes a while to develop the muscles, but our elbows should be able to touch our hips and when we're riding, they should except over fences when they come FORWARD (read - not out), over the fences as a release. WHat the hand does is a symptom of what the elbow does - fix the elbow and the hand will follow.

Good luck!
 

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Haha thanks so much Anabel! I have such a hard time with my arms...I guess I must have been a chicken in a past life... I didn't even notice it until you pointed it out!
 

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Yeah, anabel! Great explanation.

I'd like to add that riding with shorter reins is not restrictive IF your hand and arm softly follows and you release over fences. Looks like you're in a transition phase in your riding; that you used to ride with long or loose reins and just plant your hands at the withers to release, and that your instructor is trying to transition you to the next level.

As Anabel mentioned, getting your elbow working properly is key. I'd also have your instructor put a rubber band, yarn, tape or some kind of marker where she wants your hands to be normally, and where she wants them to do for your release over fences.
 

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Looks like you're in a transition phase in your riding; that you used to ride with long or loose reins and just plant your hands at the withers to release, and that your instructor is trying to transition you to the next level.
That sounds about right. The last piture where I am a hunchback in a grey sweater was my old rein length. This new rein length is still very weird to me and she tells me to have "sympathetic arms and elbows " which I am still trying to figure out how to do.

The idea about putting a marker in the mane is a great idea, I will bring it up to her. When I am going over the fences I FEEL like I am releasing but my hands are in my lap in these pictures so I think that would be really helpful. Thanks so much!
 

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not really a jumping persooonnn... but if you are going to go to a big show...
just a few things with your clothes
your breeches seem a bit baggy, and in eq, you definitly dont want baggy breeches

also for a show you must wear a jacket/coat.
 

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Thanks :) I do have a coat and need to save up to get some good breeches. Thankfully this was just a little barn fun show, so I wasn't judged on it.
 

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I have been working hard on the same flightless bird elbow problem you are having, as it gets better you will find that your release is much improved. You did mention that you are jumping way up his neck- in the 7th picture you look like where you should be, so at the jump let him close your hip angle, do not do anything with your upper body from that postion.

Also, in the second pic down you are looking ahead to your next jump but I would like to see your right shoulder open a little more, helping get you ready to look through the turn.

I am very novice to jumping but I have lessons 2 times per week so a lot of these things are stuff I am working on too and notice you doing. Over all though, nice work. If I recall correctly I think you're fairly new to jumping as well aren't you? I like your nice low heels (could point your toes a bit more forward though) and the fact that you're looking up and forward through all your jumps!
 

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Thanks.

Yes, this is my first year of jumping or really doing any serious English riding. I absolutely love it.
 

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Yeah, anabel! Great explanation.

I'd like to add that riding with shorter reins is not restrictive IF your hand and arm softly follows and you release over fences. Looks like you're in a transition phase in your riding; that you used to ride with long or loose reins and just plant your hands at the withers to release, and that your instructor is trying to transition you to the next level.

As Anabel mentioned, getting your elbow working properly is key. I'd also have your instructor put a rubber band, yarn, tape or some kind of marker where she wants your hands to be normally, and where she wants them to do for your release over fences.
I have been working hard on the same flightless bird elbow problem you are having, as it gets better you will find that your release is much improved. You did mention that you are jumping way up his neck- in the 7th picture you look like where you should be, so at the jump let him close your hip angle, do not do anything with your upper body from that postion.

Also, in the second pic down you are looking ahead to your next jump but I would like to see your right shoulder open a little more, helping get you ready to look through the turn.

I am very novice to jumping but I have lessons 2 times per week so a lot of these things are stuff I am working on too and notice you doing. Over all though, nice work. If I recall correctly I think you're fairly new to jumping as well aren't you? I like your nice low heels (could point your toes a bit more forward though) and the fact that you're looking up and forward through all your jumps!
I agree with both of the above, especially about that hip angle. In addition to that you're jumping ahead of him in some of those pictures. Remember, he knows when he should jump! After all, he's 20 and seems like he's definitely been around the block a time or two. Just be patient, keep a light seat, and you'll easily go with him over the jumps. :)
 
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