Originally Posted by Romantic Lyric View Post
I just have a few quick comments. In the new videos you seem a bit more active, like you're riding to the fences rather than passively waiting for the fences to approach you. Distances can be hard. The only thing I would suggest is pick a course of action and stick to it. Your uncertainty translated to your horse. It's much better to be confident and just trust that your horse will make it work - if he's a nice lesson horse like yours seems to be. Also, in the new video, I love, love, love how you don't tip forward as you get closer to the fences. You stay back and out of your horse's way. Good job!
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Yeah I'm working on learning to trust my eye...I see distances but then I'm unsure whether to go for it or not and Scooter's not a horse to cover for me, haha. But when I do ride him right, he'll jump anything. We've leapt from a mile away and from the base of the jump...he'll do it all. He's awesome, haha.
I'm quite happy that I don't tip any more - it used to be a BAAD habit of mine, one that resulted in more than a few falls off Scooter haha.
Originally Posted by hflmusicislife View Post
I don't have much to say... I'm not sure what style riding you do (ie. Jumpers, hunters etc.) but I tend to find sometimes it better to ride in 3-point (not two point, but not sitting with full contact on the saddle) when you're jumping. It looks smoother, and it's easier to make adjustments. It would also help you keep your leg stiller and more stable under you. For your jumping, it looks like you're sitting back a tad too early on some of the jumps. Try to hold your 2 point a little longer over the jumps. (I do that too ;) ) You could also try working on either a long release, or, when you're ready, an automatic release. The horse is very cute by the way :)
The next time I'm on a horse that I trust a little more, I'll definitely try a lighter seat; I know mine is quite deep. Scooter likes to stop and he can be quite a dirty stopper too, so I like to have a deeper seat to deal with him. But yes, I will definitely give that a try the next time I'm on Twiggy. And I've actually never been taught anything about a release...the trainer I started jumping with kinda just pointed me and told me to go [didn't learn a proper position until about 18 months ago] so my release is just kinda...whatever I end up doing haha. I think that's on my trainer's list of things to work on with me, though. Thank you!
I like the way you ride you sit back before the jumps (the germans ride like that) I personally don't like to sit in 2 point the whole time, if your horse ever falls over the jump or refuses your def going to come off. Sitting back will de save you. I also didnt thnk your stirrups were too long at all, as long as you can get your body out of the saddle and off his back your ok.
When I first started riding with my current instructor she was convinced that I started out riding dressage because I sat back so much and didn't half seat or 2 point, haha. I feel like if I tried to 2-point through a course on Scooter...I'd be on the ground. He likes to refuse. A lot.