Cross Country Critique

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding Critique

Cross Country Critique

This is a discussion on Cross Country Critique within the Horse Riding Critique forums, part of the Riding Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    08-23-2011, 01:19 PM
Cross Country Critique

Last time, everyone said that my saddle was too big. I think the problem was that it was new and I was still getting used to it. This photo is from a week or two ago. Let me know what you think.

Sponsored Links
    08-23-2011, 09:11 PM
I don't jump cross country, but you and your horse look great! The saddle doesn't look to big to me! The only thing that I could critique is you just need to release a little more! I have that problem but I've gotten better! Like I said im a jumper and I have not ridden cross country, but that's all that is see that needs a little fix! Good luck!
    08-26-2011, 09:52 PM
Roll your knees in a little more and that'll bring your toes forward. And release a little more. Gorgeous horse and great riding.
    08-26-2011, 10:35 PM
Ooh what breed is your horsey? Do I see some arab in there?

It is hard to tell from the photo, I think it look OK, the flap may be a tad big.
    08-27-2011, 12:16 AM
Thanks, ZaneyZebra. I've noticed that I do that a bit...and it drives me NUTS.

Eliz, she is a Morgan/Arab cross....absolutely LOVE the cross.
    08-27-2011, 03:38 PM
Heels down, bend at the hip to lower your body more. Hands in front of your helmet. Bring your toe inward a little more as well. This will all tie into a better balance, and nicer realease.
    08-27-2011, 05:39 PM
Super Moderator
Overall, I really like what I see here.

I worry that the horse may have a little more contact than he might need (that he "pulled" you over the jump with his mouth). However, it is hard to know how much you had to hold a bold horse back here.

As for the lower leg, I agree you need to rotate your lower leg to allow your foot to go more along the sides of the horse and point forward. This is important for two reasons.

#1. Although you don't feel the need to use spurs on this horse, you may, sometime in the future, need to use them on a horse. You are learning to ride off the back of your leg. This is a hard habit to break.

#2. You are riding XC. Sometime, if you go to the higher levels, you may be jumping VERY narrow fences and corners. These jumps usually have light, very breakable poles for the flags. However, some have very strong vertical elements. If you hook a toe that is sticking out, it can pull your foot around backwards. That can equal time in a big cast.

Learn to ride with toes forward....always. If you need to turn your toe out to engage spur or a stronger leg, turn it out, use it, and turn it back forward.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cross country critique PintoTess Horse Riding Critique 11 04-04-2011 03:37 AM
Critique! Cross Country hollybygolly22 Horse Riding Critique 12 03-28-2011 07:30 PM
Cross Country critique? StormyBlues Horse Riding Critique 11 10-19-2010 10:11 PM
Critique my cross country!! futolympeventer327 Horse Riding Critique 12 09-18-2007 10:42 PM
Critique Cross country pic Jumpit007 Horse Riding Critique 6 08-04-2007 07:08 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:04 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0