Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
You have good flow with your horse.
I see that you are gripping too much with your knees, though. As a result, your lower leg is slipping back and you are unable to sink your weight into your lower leg. You are standing in your stirrups with your heels up. This makes for less security in the saddle.
I would do a lot of trot/canter in your jump position focusing on letting go with your knee and learning to hold the horse with the inside of your upper calf. That way you can really sink your weight into the stirrup. Keep your lower leg at the girth, keep your heel down, hold with the inside of your calf, shake that knee loose and you will see incredible changes in your seat and security.
I love your naturally good hands. Many hunter people might comment on the slight roach in your back, but I like it. A "perched" back, that I so often see, is often unable to allow good use of an effective seat.
Again, your flow is really good. When your leg improves, you will be very effective.
Keep up the good work.
What discipline are you aiming for? I train event and jumpers, so my advice may not be very suitable for the hunter ring.
As for the horse, it is very difficult to tell with those photos. Some are taken at the wrong time of the jump, so don't represent the horse well. Also, it is often very difficult to get a horse to jump such low jumps with much respect. They often won't show much effort over the low jumps. Sorry, little advice other than to say her expression is lovely and she seems to enjoy jumping. That makes a HUGE difference in any future as a jumping horse, IMO.
Last edited by Allison Finch; 01-01-2010 at 02:32 PM.