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    12-22-2011, 08:48 PM
Smile Critique my equitation on flat and over fences

Bay horse "Tessa" I have owned for 8 months now. She was not broke when I bought her she is 100% trained by myself with classical dressage methods.
I am in love with classical dressage, however there are not any trainers in my area that follow such methods so I am self taught. She is worked 6 days a week and is showing A rated show jumpers this year.

The other horse is "Trouble", I have had him for 8 years. Also 100% trained by myself. He does not look it but he is actually a solid 3'3" show jumper with a very long successful show record. This year he has taken a break from showing. He is out to pasture and gets exercised regularly but not rode often. A very fun pony, he has allot of buttons.

Tell me what you think. Personally I think I look quite awkward on horses their sizes.
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    12-22-2011, 09:16 PM
Green Broke
You have flat, low hands. Pick them up just a bit, and turn them slightly up.

You are coming back in the saddle way too soon. At :34 seconds, you can see that your butt is already in the saddle. If you were jumping higher, you could cause rail dropping.
    12-22-2011, 09:44 PM
I think you look good, apart from what was already said about sitting too early. You seem nice and secure. I am not really a jumper yet, but from advice I have gotten and from other posts you leg may be coming too far back over the fence, will see what the experienced jumpers say
What do you mean you look ackward on their sizes? I think you fit them both quite well
I love your paint btw
    12-22-2011, 09:53 PM
I'm just hard on myself I guess. I always think I look sloppy. I can definitively work on my hands and holding my position longer.

What about the bay horse? I know this is the first time you all have seen her but this week has been the most balanced she has ever been at the canter.
    12-22-2011, 11:26 PM
Your seat on Trouble is amazing!! Ahh! I love it, and you look fab on both horses!

The only thing I'd say (I am not a jumper..) so more about the flat work. At the canter your horse Tessa was resisting and bracing a little bit against that bit. Try working it a little more inside her mouth so she gives and releases while driving with your seat and leg. It'll make her canter even more scrumptious.

Also one last thing, when you were side passing on Trouble.. I didn't really see a driving helping seat. It was blocking his shoulder from moving forward and sideways.

But otherwise, beautiful riding! :) You should be proud of yourself and your horses!
    12-23-2011, 09:39 AM
You look good, and so does your horses. Its a great feeling when you train your own horse. What you need to work on is making your hands independent from your legs. Now you are relying too much on your hands for balance...and your legs are very loose, your heels are up with is hindering your balance too. You also plant your hands on the horses withers and just leave them there.

Practice your 2-point, ride without stirrups, jump with no hands. All those things will help build your legs so you can have better balance.

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