But shhhhhh, don't tell Zierra that, she hasn't figured it out yet. Any commentary is welcome on her style, I always enjoy hearing what she's doing right and wrong from different people. Also, critiques for me! I'm going for an unbiased opinion here, and I have feelings made of iron, so jab away!
I will say that in most pics I'm jumping in a Dressage saddle because she's a cow to fit and it was all I had. We don't show, we just have fun. I HAVE taken quite a lot of professional lessons throughout the course of my life, so I do "know" what I'm doing, it's just hard to get that good position when you haven't had a coach yelling at you for 4 years. I have a personal rule of not jumping higher then about 2'6" without a coach, moreso for the safety of my horse. She's well trained to jump and can scramble herself out of any "mess" at that height if I screw up.
And no, I don't wear a helmet. You can comment on it all you like, I'm a 23 year old adult and it's my own choice. I have my reasons, and if it makes you feel better to attack me for it, go right ahead, but I'll ignore you.
Anyway, critique away!
Zierra's first time free jumping as a four year old
Zierra as a 5 year old learning how to jump, and me when I had a somewhat regular coach
Flat for fun, critique me
Flat pic from last summer (no coach for 4 years now)
Jumping last summer (yeah yeah, I know our jumps aren't "normal", but they work)
Bareback in a halter, LOL, long spot!
More jumping bareback, can't really critique this one much, but it's one of my favs so you get to see it
More jumping last summer, my position is off in this one but I can't tell how - jumping ahead?
She likes to take off long, we need more work on striding
Hmm...I think I need a better release??
Haha, when I'm off, I'm REALLY off. This was our first time jumping together in about four months, she was off with an injury. She didn't lose a thing, I lost EVERYthing!
Little better? I always get left behind on landing, any tips would be great but I think I just need a stronger leg.
So yeah, that's me and my girl! She absolutely LOVES to jump, you show her a jump and she immediately gets excited. I think my worst habit with her is she won't refuse - if a jump is scary, she'll slide to a stop and then catleap over it. So I often trot her up to a fence and ask her to whoa on purpose so she can take a look! She's as honest as they come, which is nice, when people give me critiques I can work on fixing myself because I don't have to worry about her much (just not letting her gallop at it, her other love!)
I've also finally got an all purpose saddle that fits her, so hopefully that will be a big improvement this summer! Thanks for reading!