Originally Posted by saint3meg3rlfc
The first bit. I wouldn't recommend doing that on a horse. June may be pretty bombproof but it only takes one fly. We had out school master paint (worked with disabled children) kick out violently with his back leg (luckily no one was behind him) because there was a rather pesky fly bothering him. But ultimately it's your choice I'm not going to preach it.
In the trotting vids, the diagonal has already been pointed out, but you need to pick up your hands slightly and remember thumbs on top. I'd like to see a bend in your elbow.
Canter. I think you need to improve your seat a bit more. You're pretty much just planting your hands into your horse's neck. No stirrup work would do great things for your seat and help you keep that bum in the saddle. I've been looking at your horses canter for the longest time and something doesn't look right. Anyone care to explain it? Or am I just going insane?
Jumping. If you're going to canter a fence I suggest you start your canter about half way around the ring before your jump. If your horse cantered on his own I would question his listening skills. You're over jumping by a bit. Sit and wait for your horse to come to you. You're gripping with your knee which is causing your lower leg to slip back. Think about sinking those heals down. You should be able to control your speed. If you feel your horse likes to take off after fences. Go back to basics. You seem to be getting popped out of the saddle a lot. I suggest really going back to basics on the flat to strengthen your two point and your seat. You seem a little insecure.
In some bits you bump your horse in the mouth. If you're afraid of him going too speedy, try trotting into the jumps. You also stay in two point for a bit too long.
I hope I don't sound too rude, but honestly with a few touchups you'll both be doing great
Hope this made sence
Thanks for the critique, I am working on it :]
His canter was off it isn't just you going crazy :] He had a tiny pebble bruise on one of his frogs. We checked him before and after the ride and pushed on it. He showed no signs of pain at all. His hooves don't do well coming out of winter cause of the sudden climate change, we are working on them, same thing happened last year. He is really hard to shoe so we keep him barefoot for now. But yeah it wasn't hurting him, he shows pain when he is in pain :]
I am going to stop riding with those reins because they make my hands horrid lol. They are roping/gaming reins. They are just really soft so I like them but they aren't meant for what I am using them for. I will work on remembering to keep my hands up.
Thank you for the jumping critique as well. I have never had a formal lesson for it in my life. I just started jumping last june and had to take the whole winter off haha [dang thoroughbred can't hold weight
]. I will definetly try what you suggested. Also not trying to make excuses but he really does horrible trotting into fences which is why we don't do it. He was trained to a high level eventer, when he tries to trot into them we can't get his striding correct at all. It is too late to retrain him, he is twenty :] I am hoping as we get back into riding regulary after him having such a long break he will fall back into listening more and not taking off.
Oh yeah, I was told before that I didn't stay in two point long enough so I changed my riding and stay in it longer. I think it is a matter of personal training and opinion. It is strange, people never agree on things haha. I don't want to sound like I am ignoring that bit of advice but I try to stay off his back as much as I can because of his age and the fact that he lost about 100 pounds over the winter, we are working really hard to get all the weight back [we go most of it back YAY] and the muscle that he lost as well. But I do thank you again for taking the time to critique! I appreciate it!
It will all take time, I really do appreciate your advice and will apply it to my riding!