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post #1 of 11 Old 07-14-2009, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Horse Show Critique please

Sunday I had a horse show. I got to ride in the indoor ring. This indoor is awesome to ride in. Anyways..it was me and two other riders. So i got a 2nd place and three 3rd places. Here are 2 pics of me and Kalypso. What do you think?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-14-2009, 05:46 PM
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what disapline were you showing in? jumping and were you doing pleasure? or something else?
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-14-2009, 05:48 PM
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You look nice! I understand in the first picture you're probably trying to get your horse moving (is he slow?) so your leg is farther back than usual. Next time, try sitting up taller - You're not necessarily slouching (well, maybe, but at least you have a nicely postured slouch!) but making your upper body taller will get you noticed.
Your posture looks good for a jump of that height, all you need is practice, really. Seeing your leg again here, maybe you do ride with your leg back a little. I'm not sure if he's just a really lazy or slow horse, but try to keep your leg a little more forward. Try carrying a crop with you over fences so you don't have to lose the support of your leg when you're trying to kick him over fences.

OH! And try keeping your shoulders back - Practice "over doing it" - You might feel silly, but you really don't.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-14-2009, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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To Just leave it... I was showing Beginner Rider.... walk trot,walk trot canter and cross rails.


To Barefoot.... Thank you for your comments... We were having a bad day at the show. He would not move forword at all. I did have a crop with me. It was on the othe side. I am temping to try spurs. .. He was being lazy.
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If you are in the beginner classes, it looks like you are doing pretty well. On the flat, work on keeping your heel down even when you are cuing the horse. Also, your back looks flat, but you need to roll your shoulders back some (I do the exact same thing).

Over fences, work on your base of support, mainly from your lower legs. You are rotating/pinching on your knees - once again work on deepening that heel and keeping your calves on him. Also, let him lift you up into position going over the jump, as it looks like you are jumping for him. Nice job on keeping your eyes up and you have a nice release for this height of jump and where you are at on your learning curve.

Best of luck to you. Any other shows coming up?
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-14-2009, 08:15 PM
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Your horse looks like he has a weak looking neck.
When you were jumping your leg slid back when it should be forward(good job with keeping your heels down tho)
The horse definatly needs more muscle

Overall you look fine and so does you horse(he is gorgeous by the way)
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-15-2009, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your comments. :o) I did find a horse show thats close to home thats at the end of auguest. I have to ask my trainer if we can go to that show. :)

P.S. Does the square white pad look good on my horse? Or should i go back to the shaped saddle pad?

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-15-2009, 06:33 PM
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I always show with a fitted pad. I find it looks more professional in the hunter ring. But it looks like you can get away with the square if you'd like. I keep my square one for Dressage and use the fitted for everything else.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-16-2009, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Oh okay... Thank you. :)
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-16-2009, 08:37 PM
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He's very pretty, but he does need a little more muscle. But considering the level that you're riding at, this is not such a big issue. You have a really strong position over the fence, apart from your leg sliding back a little bit, but I suspect you were trying to drive him into the fence. Is he lazy?

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