Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Well, the first thing I see - no safety vest. Nothing - at all. This is a sport that demands respect, 100% of the time - these fences are not forgiving...and a Certified and Approved Vest is a definate must.
I've been out on the CC course without - and I learnt my lesson. You wont find me out on any course without, because not only do I value my safety, but I respect these fences and know very well what they can do to me.
Also, for a rider who has only gone over cc fences twice, this is quite an advanced movement - that isn't required until Training Level Eventing. You wont ever, be asked to do a drop into water at Beginner Novice or Novice.
A rider has to learn how to do the drop position - because they can impede the horses movement and want, over the obsticle.
The approach was alright. A stride out, the rider dropped her horse by dropping her hands and dropping her shoulders. On approach, especially to drops, the rider should be supportive and lifting.
All that horse had to do, was stop - and the rider would of flung forward and down.
Regardless of the obsticle, the rider must always support her horse.
She got a bit ahead when her horse rocked back to drop down, and her hands went directly back and towards her crotch.
She needs to learn how to keep her shoulders back, allow the reins to slip through her hands *because she caught her horse in the mouth* to allow her horse to have the freedom to go down without getting caught in the mouth, while the rider remains over her horses center of gravity - without getting ahead, or left behind.
I also noticed her heels - no base of support at all. Her knees must open up, allow the weight from her upper body to flow down through her seat, down through her legs and into her heels. Her heels must beable to do their job, which is anchoring her into her tack.
Her legs should be wrapped around her horses girth, again - this will not only support her horse, but herself.
Other than that, she looks good.