Jumping Clinic Classics: A Lovely Long Release

Take a trip down memory lane and revisit one of George Morris' classic Jumping Clinic critiques from his November 1989 column in Practical Horseman magazine.

This is a very nice, soft picture. The rider’s leg is quite good, with her heel down (but not exaggerated) and ankle flexed. Her toe is out just a bit, and her lower leg is snug on her horse.


Her base of support is beautiful–out of the saddle just enough. The slight sway in her back is correct, and her eyes and head are up. She’s showing a lot of concentration, with a relaxed and positive expression.

Her long release is very correct, her hands resting on the horse’s crest and supporting her upper body.

Her attractive horse has a lovely, relaxed expression, but he’s a hollow jumper. Instead of dropping his head and lifting his shoulders, he’s dipped down behind the saddle. Over a bigger, solid fence, his form might improve.

Their turnout is adequate, but the rider’s boots aren’t clean.

Reprinted from the November 1989 issue of Practical Horseman magazine. Is this photo of you? Email Practical.Horseman@EquiNetwork.com, and we’ll identify you!

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