Ok background info: she is 14.1hh.. just turned 9 this year.. I got her when she was 2 and had 3 rides on her.. I know im only 17 but I think she has come along very nicely even tho I didnt really know what I was doing.. but she she has turned into the best pony ever! she has never been to a trainers I have done everything. I know there are things for me to clean up in my riding and im workin on that.. please tear me and my pretty pony apart! Confo, o/f, u/s
Her lovely trot (when she was like 3)(not a western pony)
I like her very much. Confo wise she's a well put together, correct individual who will be athletic enough to do pretty much whatever you want.
The photos of her moving aren't great for critique, but it looks like she has nice length of stride and moves under herself well. (I can't really tell if she tracks up or overtracks from these photos) She moves much more like a hunter than a western horse, so I'm glad to see that's the direction you're going with her.
In the over fences photo, she's showing quite spectacular form with her front end, with her forearm well above horizontal. She's not quite even in front, but I would bet you could correct that with some gymnastics. She's jumping round, and with a lovely, ideal, hunter expression - alert but calm. She has engaged and pushed off her hind end absolutely evenly, which you don't often see in a green pony.
I would like to see you tweak your form over fences. You have dramatically over released, which has pulled your whole upper body forward and down. You are executing your crest release well otherwise. I would much prefer to see a rider overrelease than under release, but I would like to see your hands between 1/3 and 1/2 the way up the neck (instead of the 2/3 shown here.) just a little in front of the martingale strap. Then you can lift your upper body up and away from her neck. Your crotch is still over the center of your saddle and your back is flat and relaxed with your eye up, all terrific.
You look a little loose in the tack - lower leg has come off and slid back, and there's some daylight between the saddle and your knee and thigh. Work without stirrups is the fix here, and perhaps riding with your stirrups tied to girth to recreate a correct muscle memory.
Overall, my impression is of an athletic, sympathetic self taught rider. I would love to have you as a student, with a little more polish, you could go far.
Your pony is adorable and has a lot of potential for the hunters or even perhaps jumpers.
Two final notes - why the pelham, and why the martingale? Looks like a lot of tack for what appears to be a willing and cooperative pony.
You are jumping this little fence backward of the way it's set, you should be jumping so the groundline is towards you. Doesn't appear to have bothered your pony at all, but it can be a problem for a greener horse. Best to put a ground line on both sides of the fence if you're going to jump it in both directions.
Thank you guys soo much! Maura.. I thank you on ur critique.. I don't use a martingle... I was my reins.. and I was using a pelham because she doesnt have good breaks when I jump her... but I have a new bit that I have been using.. im trying to get away from the pelham...thank you so much! This pony is def one in a million.. Hoofprints she actually is a grade pony believe it or not.. im going to register her paint pont and maybe pinto... but the show name I use is Kiss My Color