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    02-14-2011, 04:02 PM
Going up a level and need your opinion! :)

Hey y'all,

My horse and I have been eventing BN for about 9 months now. We're going to our first Novice show this next month. However this won't be MY first novice -Just my horse's. I'd love your opinion about my riding and see if I can fix it before the show. Thanks and greatly appreciated!

(Also, here's a video from one of our latest shows. We were 3rd, then refused the water jump, and moved to 11th or 9th...can't remember!)

Before you critique, I have scoliosis (25 degrees going right, and 34 degrees going left) and a severe shoulder issue on my right shoulder. Working both of them out in physical therapy right now, but still kickin! So if my shoulders look hunched and different heights...that's why! :/
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    02-14-2011, 04:21 PM
I think you have a very nice athletic horse. Your form is nice over the fences. What I noticed is I think you should lengthen your stirrup a hole for the dressage portion. Also I think your hands are too low maybe try carrying them a little bit more. And it seems like your horse is build downhill, which takes a lot more effort to get him to use his hind end to collect.

Another thing for the show jumping, your horse throws his head around a lot, have you thought about try a martingale on him?

Obviously your strong point is cross country...I think you looked the best in this portion. You seemed relaxed and confident. Just try bringing some of that confidence in the dressage and show jumping.

Good luck showing!
    02-14-2011, 04:24 PM
Your position is fabulous in the third picture IMO! I have nothing else to say because I'm not yet at that level :p
    02-14-2011, 04:32 PM
Thank guys!

@ErikaLynn- I changed his stadium and cross country bit to a hackamore after that show, and I think it's improved his head throwing alot...I'll try and find some video of us recently with it... :)
    02-14-2011, 07:53 PM
Looks great. You have an actual release too! Go figure, an eventer who releases! Good luck at your horse's first novice show.
    02-15-2011, 09:05 AM
^^ HEY! *shakes fist in air* I resemble that remark :P

I release.......sometimes........sorta.....ok....I'm working on it! :P

TexasEventer: What are your reasons as to why you want to move to N right now?

I think it's too soon, not that I don't think you can do N, but because I think you need to iron out the wrinkles first - but I hope you proove me wrong. Best of luck! Make sure you let us know how it goes!
    02-15-2011, 08:32 PM
I think the reason the horse looks "better" (for lack of a better word) in the Xcountry is because it has some pace. In the dressage he looks very behind your leg and a bit nappy - in the show jumping he is not maintaining a rhythm because his pace is just not fast enough.
The horse has a big stride - we need to develop a shorter stride through transitions, not holding him back.

In the dressage - make sure he is bending. In some places he is almost counter flexed, if you are working more on seeing that inside eye and pushing him forward - a lot of the kinks will iron themselves out.

Good luck! I think an extra challenge would not phase the horse - but be prepared to ride much more forward.
    02-15-2011, 09:46 PM
If the event is in a month, I think it's a mistake to cram a lot of changes into the next couple weeks. Tweak, maybe, but don't try to cram a lot of change in during these couple weeks. I can recall going to a dressage show a week after going to a clinic and having the clinician change absolutely EVERYTHING and going to the show and thinking, 'I...AM...GOING...To...DIE'. Met a local trainer at the show and she had just done the same thing, so we were yelling at each other, 'I can't halt!' and 'I can't bend!' and LOAO. It's good to have more than a couple weeks to make peace with all those changes, LOL.

After the show, in dressage, I do think you need to drop your stirrups, your knee is up on the knee roll, almost ahead of it at times. You also tend to turn your right toe way out and kind of brace with your legs instead of sinking down into the saddle.

Your horse needs to bend and be more supple so that he can be less resistant through the canter transitions...BUT...I MEAN...SERIOUSLY...the stiffness kind of looks like how he balances, if you went crazy bending excessively, he'd probably find it very hard to balance. That is a very downhill built horse and you do an absolutely incredible job of keeping him together and balanced, all the time, in all the phases. Just Wow. Very good.

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