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  • Video - any thoughts?

    This is me tentatively asking for comments on our first ever stadium round, and I know the intro jumps might look super boring to you event studs and stud-ettes who have been there/done that, but it was SUPER FUN FUN FUN and UBER EXCITING for us.

    I am always interested to hear what comments and advice others have so that we may continue to improve - so shoot away!

    I know the bulge to the (my) left coming down the last line was my fault, and I should have kept that door closed, but I did my best to remedy that for the second fence.

    Little Jacob - First time out! Stadium - Intro

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    Lovely horse, quiet ride, good pace! I thought you guys looked like a team and had real partnership out there!

    If I was to look at ways to improve, your pony needs to change from left canter lead to right canter lead either automatically (based on being in balance) or you need to help him. Your reins are a leeetle long, and I would like to see your stirrups leathers up one hole.

    Kick On!!
    Inese

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    • #3
      And you are welcome to critique my Eventing Derby ride as well!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_JGdVAfgks
      Inese

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      • #4
        Looks fine for the level. I agree with shortening your reins a bit, but I am not worried about the canter lead. You bring him back to the trot and pick up the correct lead, which is fine for this level of eventing. Stirrup length is OK for this height.

        There is no requirement to salute before start of show jumping. You are welcome to do it if you want, but it is not required or, in most cases, expected.

        In some cases you seem to be taking "the scenic route" between fences, going all the way to the rail when it isn't needed. This one probably wasn't timed, but you need to be preparing for timed rounds. No need for "jumper turns", but you do want to look for the most direct route between the fences.

        Nice horse, nice ride.
        Janet

        chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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          #5
          Originally posted by Inese View Post
          Lovely horse, quiet ride, good pace! I thought you guys looked like a team and had real partnership out there!

          If I was to look at ways to improve, your pony needs to change from left canter lead to right canter lead either automatically (based on being in balance) or you need to help him. Your reins are a leeetle long, and I would like to see your stirrups leathers up one hole.

          Kick On!!
          Originally posted by Inese View Post
          And you are welcome to critique my Eventing Derby ride as well!!

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_JGdVAfgks

          Thank you! I was more than happy with that for our first round ever away from home!

          At 1:03 you can see he actually swaps his lead for me in the middle of the bending line.. I had no idea. He's off the track and has a flying change - that is my fault, we have not reached a point in our lessons where I've begun to learn how to ask him for it. I totally agree with you - but I was so focused on just getting OVER all the jumps I didn't care if we went on the right lead, left lead, or backwards!

          Your round was BEAUTIFUL! What a cool customer he was, was that his 100th time jumping that awesome and super fun-looking course, cause it sure looked like it!?

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          • #6
            Since you ask-

            There are several places where he is bulging through the outside shoulder. It is most noticable on left turns, but it is also there on right turns. Concentrrate on using your OUTSIDE aids for the turn.

            There are some places where your lower leg is very still, and other places where it is swinging. I would recommend lots of work in 2-point, concentrating on keeping you lower leg still, so you can to it all the time.

            But again a nice horse and a nice ride.



            Originally posted by Inese View Post
            And you are welcome to critique my Eventing Derby ride as well!!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_JGdVAfgks
            Janet

            chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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              #7
              Originally posted by Janet View Post
              Looks fine for the level. I agree with shortening your reins a bit, but I am not worried about the canter lead. You bring him back to the trot and pick up the correct lead, which is fine for this level of eventing. Stirrup length is OK for this height.

              There is no requirement to salute before start of show jumping. You are welcome to do it if you want, but it is not required or, in most cases, expected.

              In some cases you seem to be taking "the scenic route" between fences, going all the way to the rail when it isn't needed. This one probably wasn't timed, but you need to be preparing for timed rounds. No need for "jumper turns", but you do want to look for the most direct route between the fences.

              Nice horse, nice ride.

              When you both suggest shortening the reins, I am wondering: arms longer and more forward, or arms longer and up higher? Getting my hands out of my lap and learning how to maintain contact after coming from H/J last year has probably been my biggest challenge, even harder than getting rid of my hunter perch!

              The majority of riders had been saluting, my trainer told me to: I know better than to question her, so I saluted. And.. it felt cool. But thank you for the info; I noticed not every single rider saluted and was wondering about that.

              Completely agree, with your take on the "scenic route" (you're right, it was not timed), I went in thinking of it being ridden like a slow, rhythmic hunter round. After this round I schooled a BN course and got too fixated on it being timed, and got too fast, causing him to get strung out, unbalanced, and jump flat. So I figured our first round could be slow and scenic, and I'll start working on not letting the fact that a round is time effect me.

              Also, thank you very much for the compliments.

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              • #8
                ake987, I love his knees! And his canter! And his expression! And...everything else pretty much.
                Well I'm no pro, so I can't really critique, but he's super cute! Looks like you had a blast!!!
                Please visit the Donate page!

                https://justworldeventer.squarespace.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ake987 View Post
                  When you both suggest shortening the reins, I am wondering: arms longer and more forward, or arms longer and up higher?
                  Both, but make sure you don't lose the bend in your elbow.



                  Completely agree, with your take on the "scenic route" (you're right, it was not timed), I went in thinking of it being ridden like a slow, rhythmic hunter round. After this round I schooled a BN course and got too fixated on it being timed, and got too fast, causing him to get strung out, unbalanced, and jump flat. So I figured our first round could be slow and scenic, and I'll start working on not letting the fact that a round is time effect me.
                  You definitely don't need to go any FASTER, and trotting to rebalance is fine. To make time you just need to follow a shorter track. I know it is hard when you have been showing hunters and taught to "use the whole ring".
                  Janet

                  chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                  • #10
                    What a cutie! He looks fairly balanced so I would start to think about gathering the canter together a bit more so that you are able to come to a deeper distance and create a rounder jump. He wants to jump a bit long and flat maybe just because the jumps are small and he isn't that impressed.
                    http://www.benchmarksporthorses.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Janet View Post
                      There is no requirement to salute before start of show jumping. You are welcome to do it if you want, but it is not required or, in most cases, expected.

                      Nice horse, nice ride.
                      At this particular show this judge actually chided my friend in the training division for not halting and saluting (she said "okay, halt and salute" even though she had already nodded at the judge although not from a halt). Most of the venues around here will wait for you to halt and/or give some semblance of a salute, unless they would like to hurry on or you are wondering around for too long then they just blow the whistle.

                      But I agree, nice ride!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by EventingJ View Post
                        At this particular show this judge actually chided my friend in the training division for not halting and saluting (she said "okay, halt and salute" even though she had already nodded at the judge although not from a halt). Most of the venues around here will wait for you to halt and/or give some semblance of a salute, unless they would like to hurry on or you are wondering around for too long then they just blow the whistle.
                        Maybe it is regional (not the rule, but the expectation). Around here they definitely prefer that you NOT salute, as it adds extra time.
                        Janet

                        chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Jleegriffith View Post
                          What a cutie! He looks fairly balanced so I would start to think about gathering the canter together a bit more so that you are able to come to a deeper distance and create a rounder jump. He wants to jump a bit long and flat maybe just because the jumps are small and he isn't that impressed.
                          Thank you! That is exactly our plan, our trot has come together really nicely over the past few months, so we are just about to begin focusing more on the canter in my lessons - plus I have a lesson with Mara DePuy next week!!!

                          And hopefully.. more jumping, and bigger jumping..

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