Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Yeah, that's very true. Oxers are much easier for horses because they don't have to "round" as much as they would over a Verticle.
LOL - When I was walking my course at Honey Run Team Challange, I was walking the course with a 12 year old and a couple other kids in an around that age. I made the comment "Man, there are a TON of oxers on this course" and one answered "That's good, because horses like those better because they don't have to exert themselves as much as they would if they were verticles"
I stopped and look at him, this little 12 year old with a thrilled, but cuirous face asking " How in the world do you know that already?" lol
I totally understand about jumping only so much, and I'm super proud of you for not making your Mr. Willie not jump that much, that's wonderful! I'm in the same boat with Mr. Nelson. While we are preserving our horses legs, we're neglecting ourselves eh....sucks doesn't it.
BUT, you can work on your form when doing flat work, and while hacking as well. You can ride up in your functional two point, and decipher a spot on the groun that you are approaching to be your fence, and when you get to that point, go into your passive two point. Legs around your horses girth, heels deep, close angles, push seat back, release - remember, it's all 1 fluid movement.
Easier said than done unfortunately - but practice does make perfect.
I think that is great that you are able to look back at your pictures, have you tried video footage? I find video's help too. You can watch how your position was on approach to the fence, the rhythm, what your horse was doing under you and then the fence.
Trust me, I've watched my newest video from HRTC umpteen times already. I've torn it apart :P