How have I improved? - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 12-22-2010, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,014
• Horses: 3
How have I improved?

Hey HF. I've been riding for around 9 years. I have been riding with my coach and doing 3-Day Eventing for just over 2 years. Looking back on my riding I realized that I have learnt and accomplished so much more in the past 2 years then I had in all the other years of riding. I wanted to know what you guys thought. How have I improved over all these photos? I'll post some past and present ones.

October of 2008


October of 2008


August 28, 2009


November 21, 2009 {Note: we were doing 4 jumps on a circle, the whole pic looks wierd to me for some reason}


May 2, 2010


June 6, 2010


August 28, 2010


September 19, 2010


Sadly I have no photos more current then that last one, soon I'll get some more. Personally I feel my leg is better, I used to have a terrible chairseat. I feel my hands are also better. They're less flat then they used to be.
Beau Baby is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 12-22-2010, 06:44 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central Maine
Posts: 671
• Horses: 1
Your leg does look a lot better....it still looks like you're either jumping ahead of your horse or over-jumping, but that is also better than it was before. Good improvements!

A horse is the projection of peoples' views about themselves--strong, powerful, beautiful--and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existance.
Amlalriiee is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 12-22-2010, 06:45 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 11
• Horses: 0
I noticed a lot of progress, especially the latest ones. Though the jumping pictures, lower your body closer to the horse's neck, but keep your diaphragm up. You are far too much out of your seat, if the horse was to stop, you'd go flying.


In this picture you need to release a bit more, you are pulling on his mouth, which will make it harder for him to land properly. Try to stay behind the pommel as well, it looks more professional.

Your seat when you are not jumping is excellent, though.
MysteriousHeart is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 12-22-2010, 06:48 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,441
• Horses: 0
HUGE improvement on the flat. Over fences, you've fixed the main points that stuck out to me but I think you still need to lower your upper body over the horse's neck. Don't quote me on it, though. In the 2008 pictures on the flat you look to be using the reins for leverage, and in the recent pictures I see a huge improvement in finding your own balance and not relying on the reins for that. Good job, and keep up the good work!
equiniphile is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 12-22-2010, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,014
• Horses: 3
Thanks guys. Yes I am very proud of my flat work. My jumping however I really need to work on. I do tend to jump ahead of the horse and come out of the saddle A LOT. Its something I'm working on especially with the young horse I'm now riding.
Beau Baby is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 12-22-2010, 06:53 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: In a hicktown
Posts: 3,489
• Horses: 7
i noticed that your jumping position is an entire body lean waaaay far forward, it shoild be an apper body slight lean and bend you knees,

I was a dreamer
Before you went and let me down.
VanillaBean is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 12-24-2010, 09:50 AM
Ak1
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 368
• Horses: 0
I agroo 100% with mysterious heart- WELL worded too! I think the focus for you know should be staying "natural". Do you try to hard to achieve that jumping seat? A "natural"seat is one that you don't think about doing, you just slightly lean, and release. You butt should barely come 4 inches out of the saddle . That will increase your overall skill as wellthat is needed to reach for the higher fences.
Here in this picture it shows you how neat you can look. Uniform and proffessional. The only thing is, even she is lacking a proper release. Hope that helps!

Ak1 is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 12-24-2010, 10:19 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 137
• Horses: 1
Flat is good, but jumping you look like you are standing in your stirrups, try to keep your hip angle closed and more of yourself over the tack instead of in front and on the neck.

.P e A c E.
EquusPeace is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 12-24-2010, 01:07 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 807
• Horses: 0
overall i think your position on the flat work is pretty good.
and i agree with everyone else about your jumping position, instead of thinking about standing up in the stirrups, think more about pushing your hips back & your hands forward a little. that way you dont end up infront of the pommel, and you give more release with yours hands. you'll find you feel a lot sturdier that was aswell. keep your heels down aswell, it'll help with balance :)
KawaiiCharlie is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 12-28-2010, 12:13 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 47
• Horses: 3
Your flat position looks very nice. Your jumping needs a little work, you look much too far out of the saddle. Try to shape your body so that it is similar to that of the horse when he/she is jumping it will improve your overall appearance and make you much steadier. You might also want to try to center your weight over your horse, this can help with the leaning forward. Your legs look pretty good, they didn't slide back like many riders. But they could still go forward a little more. I also like that you are looking up in all the pictures.
Maggie May is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Has his condition improved? IslandWave Horse Riding Critique 6 04-19-2010 09:51 PM
Has My Position Improved?? blush Horse Riding Critique 9 04-12-2010 09:56 AM
Have i improved? juju Horse Riding Critique 3 11-08-2009 09:09 AM
Has my jumping improved? Flyinghigh12 Horse Riding Critique 10 09-26-2009 08:42 PM
improved jumping? LacyLove Horse Riding Critique 24 06-15-2009 01:25 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome