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So the other day I finally found someone who could video tape me - I got on my horse to bop around and got this. You can critique if you like :] (i know i got a little chair seaty but thats about it)
My horse is a 16 yr old OTTB and hes improved big time since I got him - still working on his head set. Its there on the flat but disappears when we start jumping hehe

<img src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiHLac0Sik0">
 

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I think your instructor set the one stride too short. The horse took an average stride and barely had room to take off. Do you know how many feet it was set at?
 

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Im not sure how many feet it was - he has a huge size so its hard for me to set them [i dont have a trainer]. In that video he shoved it in, but others he did it comfortably; it may have been too short, but I do gymnastics a lot to get him to figure out how he needs to set himself up and it has helped him gain a lot of confidence.
 

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He could have dumped you and not jumped the last one because the stride was too short. You can count how many feet a jump is apart by just walking it. I use my foot length to measure.
 

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Ya i normally take like the biggest step i can like 4 times or something like that lol but hes pretty honest - when hes gonna go he goes, if hes gonna chicken out he lets me know. I have had him for 4 years and he hasnt thrown me (knock on wood) haha :]
I dont know why on that video he pretty much like chipped cause i remember he kinda just went for it but the others he was okay.


(sorry for the goofing off before & after lol we were all being goofy at the barn that day)
 

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12 feet for each stride, plus 6 feet for landing & 6 feet for take off should do you well. if your horse has a shorter stride just shorten it a couple feet.
 

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Sorry for the off topic-ness... but the barn you're at. Used to be called Cypress Trails? My friend used to own it. I started riding there, was so sad when they had to sell the place. I keep my horse on the same street, ha ha. Gorgeous horse you have, he does have a huge stride!
 

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No way! lol! ya thats my barn - i board with Buckin Bay there. I love it out there. Where do you have your horses at? Thats so funny.

Thanks for the feet measurements gypsygirl! Thats way helpful haha my horse is probably tired of me guessing ;]

Silly bunny - ya I dont like my seat very much afterwards, I like having these videos so I can see stuff I do wrong and these forums for other peoples suggestions. As for my reins, if I give him more he decides its time to go lol were working on that. He has starting giving much better than before, he used to be like a frikkin giraffe when I first got him. :]
 

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No way! lol! ya thats my barn - i board with Buckin Bay there. I love it out there. Where do you have your horses at? Thats so funny.
I keep Zeus at a private barn on Huckaville. I believe it's called Phazon(?) Hunters. If you're coming down Huckaville towards Tyler it's on the left. White fences, white house. I've ridden down the road to Cypress a few times and rode by there. Boy do I miss that big covered ring!
 

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Oh ya i know exactly where that is at. Ya that thing is the best thing about the place haha cause I normally dont go out until after dark so its nice to have it all lit up and stuff and we have the outdoor arena lit up with a bunch of jumps in it.
 
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