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    hey!! ok, Jake's first show was this weekend! he was very very good!! i showed in a few hunter classes (3') not to be judged, and i did 3' jumpers. other than being a bit concerned with the in and out *having never done one before i was ok with that* and i completely forgot where i was going one time, we still managed to pull out with a 4th! i was very proud of him... and i am here to post some pics of us! they are kind of blurry b/c they were taken from a video! hope you can kind of see us!! feel free to critique the hacking pics! i know my jumping position is not the best...but the flat work is improving!!

    PONY PICS!!

    [This message was edited by *!*SunkistBaby4*!* on Mar. 24, 2003 at 07:17 PM.]

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    hey!! ok, Jake's first show was this weekend! he was very very good!! i showed in a few hunter classes (3') not to be judged, and i did 3' jumpers. other than being a bit concerned with the in and out *having never done one before i was ok with that* and i completely forgot where i was going one time, we still managed to pull out with a 4th! i was very proud of him... and i am here to post some pics of us! they are kind of blurry b/c they were taken from a video! hope you can kind of see us!! feel free to critique the hacking pics! i know my jumping position is not the best...but the flat work is improving!!

    PONY PICS!!

    [This message was edited by *!*SunkistBaby4*!* on Mar. 24, 2003 at 07:17 PM.]

    [This message was edited by *!*SunkistBaby4*!* on Mar. 25, 2003 at 10:49 PM.]

    [This message was edited by *!*SunkistBaby4*!* on Mar. 31, 2003 at 08:19 PM.]
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    • #3
      Hes a cutie!!

      Is your Helmet not approved?

      "It is the difficult horses that have the most to give you."

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        #4
        thanks!! yes, its approved!! i dont trust us enough to go w/o one!! its an international, the one made to look like the charles owen...

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          #5
          BIG JUMP!! we left JUST A LITTLE long for that one!

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            #6
            here is another trotting if it helps with the critiqueing... i need to pull my shoulders back, what else??

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            • #7
              Well, that last trot picture looks VERY nice!

              That's the good part.
              Please, PLEASE don't take offense to what I'm about to say...you asked for a critique, and this is my honest and constructive criticism:

              The bad part is that your horse, your riding, and your position in almost all of the jumping shots is kind of scary to me. I see several pics where your reins are a mile long, several in which your leg is VERY loose, several in which you are ducking your upper body and/or rounding your back, and one in which your knee is way, way off the saddle. In many of the pics, your horse is jumping like a deer, or else looks to be running away with you...despite the strong tack on him. Neither of you looks very safe or secure at what you're doing.

              Now, the way your horse jumps may just be *his* style, and some jumpers are super forward no matter what (my trainer has two of these...she could tie their heads to their chests, and it wouldn't slow them any! They just want to jump, jump, jump!!! ). So I know that it may not be lack of schooling on his part.

              You, however, are different. You can make a conscious effort to improve yourself. The hands in your lap, the roached back, and the loose leg are ALL things you can fix! What I see in the jumping pictures is that, due to your horse's forward nature, you are kind of holding your calf away from his side. That alone is enough to destabilize an otherwise strong, educated leg. You should be able to rest your calf against his side without him bolting. If you can't, he needs to be schooled and taught to accept your leg (trust me, this was how my horse was when I first bought her. If my leg touched her, she flew! So I held my calves away from her sides, and really jeopardized my security. When I switched trainers, it got fixed.)

              Again, I hope you aren't offended by all this. I certainly don't mean to make you feel bad at all...you look like a very gutsy, athletic rider who has the beginnings of a really great position (judging by that last flat pic), and a super-cute horse. My honest opinion is that there are several things that could be lots better...and that you look more than capable of fixing them!

              ~Sara
              *Member of the Dirt Divers 78th Airborne Unit, ATH Squadron*
              *T-Minus 4 Weeks Until My Beval Devon Arrives!*

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                #8
                ok thanks!! im not making excuses here, but my left leg has this CRAZY WEIRD habit of my left toe giong out, and my whole left leg is ALWAYS away from teh saddle!! that ones not the horse's fault...if i could make my leg stay down, he would let me ALL DAY! haha...this is mostly b/c my saddle is a 15' and its way way way too small!! haah.. but i dont know how to fix that otherwise, but thanks for the other critiques!! that was just our first show and it was a "schooling show" so it was prettymuch a test to see how the horse and i would react! but he was a good boy!! thanks again! and for the jumping position..i totally agree, i have a bad ducking habit, and i was totally freaked out and so that didnt help the matter very much!
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                • #9
                  I TOTALLY understand the crazy habit thing. I have several of my own! And I think we all have one leg that's stronger than the other...at least I do!

                  Your horse does look like he tries very hard, and I like that about him. But if you were "totally freaked out," maybe that's a sign that you should back off a little and do some lower jumps and easier courses until you are feeling confident. That's what I'm doing right now. There was a time when I was doing 2'9"-3' stuff, but that was a long time ago and since then I've really lost my nerve. Right now, my trainer has me on a dead-honest, quiet, SAFE schoolie, and we're jumping nothing bigger than 2'3" (usually more along the lines of 18"!). When I do my first show this year (the first in 7 years for me!), it will probably be at a little schooling show with an Adult Crossrail division. Silly for someone who's been riding for 15 years, but I need the confidence boost. Your confidence is always more important than your pride.

                  ~Sara
                  *Member of the Dirt Divers 78th Airborne Unit, ATH Squadron*
                  *T-Minus 4 Weeks Until My Beval Devon Arrives!*

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                    #10
                    very true very true!! i jump 3'6 at home...so really, 3' should not have been that big of a deal... it was just the whole thought of "i hope i dont mess up" more than, my horse is going to kill me kind of fear..you know??

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                      #11
                      here is a pic from at the barn... its appx. 3'3 but you cant really tell b/c the person taking the pic is on a horse, but i guess you can kind of tell that we had it more together for that pic! (0:,'

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                      • #12
                        Ah, yes, the whole performance-anxiety thing. I get that, too. Usually I'm just a little nervous in general, but then, right before I go in the ring, I seem to have this huge rush of adrenaline and absolute DREAD that I am going to screw up. It usually only lasts a minute or two, and is gone by the time I'm actually in the ring riding. Those last few moments are just a KILLER for me. More suspense than I can handle.

                        I like that last pic you posted! You are still ducking , but the overall picture is much nicer. Especially your leg! And I love your horse's happy look through the bridle.

                        ~Sara
                        *Member of the Dirt Divers 78th Airborne Unit, ATH Squadron*
                        *T-Minus 4 Weeks Until My Beval Devon Arrives!*

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                          #13
                          thanks!!
                          haha im ducking...but atleast you can see my head! its usu. hidden down on one side of his neck

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                          • #14
                            No way is that 3'3", even if it was taken from a skyscraper.

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                              #15
                              ok?? i guess i cant challenge that one... but if a class was supposed to be 3'-3'3 id have to assume that all of the jumps met the standard (0:,' no, i did not go out there and measure them all...just going with what the class list told me

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                              • #16
                                I am surprised that your trainer allowed you to show dressed like that. I know the jumpers are casual, but at least a polo shirt is considered "modest".

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                                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Silk:
                                  I am surprised that your trainer allowed you to show dressed like that. I know the jumpers are casual, but at least a polo shirt is considered "modest". <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                  What does your trainer make you wear ? Surely she doesn't sit down and discuss what to wear with her trainer. I think the shirt is fine. It serves it's purpose

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                                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by somer:
                                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Silk:
                                    I am surprised that your trainer allowed you to show dressed like that. I know the jumpers are casual, but at least a polo shirt is considered "modest". <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                    What does your trainer make you wear ? Surely she doesn't sit down and discuss what to wear with her trainer. I think the shirt is fine. It serves it's purpose<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


                                    I agree. Maybe it was just a schooling show. At our local schooling shows, we often ride in half-chaps and tank tops or nice t-shirts. So long as nobody's "parts" are hanging out, no one raises a stink.

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                                      #19
                                      hey~!! that one pic of me with the tank top on was from a lesson a few days ago...teh rest were from the show! it was a schooling show, and i was not judged in 4 classes and the 2 i was judged in was jumpers. i wore a pink/white striped POLO SHIRT, jeans, belt, half chaps, paddock boots, and a velvet helmet.

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                                      • #20
                                        personally I wouldn't wear jeans. I don't ride in jeans regardless, but have you ever worn half chaps over breeches? It looks much more professional than the jeans. Around here even in schooling shows no one wears anything other than boots & breeches (polo shirts are acceptable however). But I come from a conservative crowd.

                                        Laura
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