Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
First of all, I do not ride hunters. I am a jumper rider and eventer. For the most part, I think you are a lovely rider. There are a few things I would tweak if you were a student of mine.
You have really nice leg position. But, you ride on the back of your calves. I would like for you to bring your toes more forward and keep contact more with the inside of your leg. This would make your leg even more secure and stable for when you are going over larger fences. We used to say that you are "breaking" too much at the ankles. This habit will make it difficult or impossible to ever ride with spurs as they will be engaged constantly.
You have a tendency of rotating your hands into a flat position (puppy paws/piano hands). Thumbs up!!
While many hunter trainers are still teaching the crest release that has the rider pressing their knuckles hard onto the top of the crest and resting their upper body weight on them...others train otherwise. Even George Morris hates the fact that he was instrumental in making this release the "norm". This release teaches people to prop themselves, instead of developing an independent seat. Also, if the horse needs rein, that release is unable to give it to them when needed. It can be pretty restrictive.
You are a good enough rider to work toward a more automatic release. Drop your hands a bit onto the sides of the crest, instead of the top. This will make your hands more responsive to the horse's needs.
I hope you realize I am being very nit-picky. You are a very talented rider and can go far.