As usual, please don't critique the horses as they're not mine.
I rode Brooke in my lesson Friday. The first little course has all jumps set at 2'3", the second one has a mixture of 2'3" and 2'6".
What I see:
-Shoulders are rounded [working on this. *sigh*]
-Bracing on my stirrups
-Could be quieter with my upper body at the canter?
-Hands could be lower, thumbs should be higher
-in the first clip I'm leaning back a lot [my trainer was yelling to use more leg and hand and I took that to mean lean back, bahahahaha]
*grumble* On the flat with her I REALLY tried to focus on lifting my ribcage and fixing my hands...but of course once we started jumping it all went out the window.
Oh - and a quick word on all the awkward distances: I wasn't really focusing on seeing the distances [bad I know] because my trainer was seeing if we could shorten/lengthen their stride to get a set number of strides in the line. So I had to try and get 5 in the first, 7 in the second, and 6 in the third. Of course we'd jump in and then halfway down the line I'd try and shorten her up So then in order to fit in the strides and avoid getting yelled at we'd have an awkward distance, haha. I also have a habit of letting her get all strung out around the corners, which led to awkward distances into the lines. Although she (she being my trainer) did want a shorter distance into the final line, I could have made it fit better. I'm horrible at planning ahead. Thing usually go better when I just play it by ear, hehehe. [so much for quick, eh?]
Pictures [one is from last week]
After my lesson I was given the chance to ride Chopper, who is big and beautiful and amazing. Of course...I kind of failed at trotting with him -_- His trot was much...loftier than Brookes, so I kept flying out of the saddle when I tried to sit it and waaaay over posting when I tried to post. I will say, this was my first time ever riding him so I wasn't sure what to expect. I just kinda let him do his own thing, especially at the canter.
Things I see:
-Shoulders are rounded [big surprise, eh?]
-I think I let my heels come up a little, probably cause I was trying to use the spurs
OH. And for the jumping...I've been riding with this trainer for a year, and this is what she had to work with when I started with her...I was basically pointed and jumps and told to go without any knowledge of proper form: