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        01-19-2011, 11:48 AM
    Hunter O/F critique

    So, I posted a critique here a couple weeks ago of my horse's first show. This weekend she had her second show. I got reserve champion again..which I'm so proud of, but I feel like she could have done better. She was in bit of a mare mood, and was taking off with me while I was schooling. But we got through it pretty well.

    She did excellent in the flat class, probably because she was tired. I thought I was going to get first, but the judge placed her second. Oh well. Unfortunately my sister wasnt able to get the flat class on video.

    Here are two over fences rounds for critiquing. (click the image to view the video)

    This class she stopped at a jump. The flowers on the other side of the jump got knocked over, and her being way too observant, noticed it and could not stop looking at it. Since she went over those jumps about 5 times already, I was kind of on auto it was the perfect storm for a refusal. I was kind of embarrassed about it, but it was only her second show.

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        01-19-2011, 11:58 AM
    So the first thing I notice is that she doesn't seem to impressed by the fences. Also, there are some points where I cannot tell what the next fence is in your line, because you're not straight to it! As your fences get higher, you don't want to be buying space/strides by diving right or left!
        01-19-2011, 12:20 PM
    Green Broke
    You did not give your mare a very nice ride at all! On the wrong lead at times, breaking into a trot three strides out from a fence, zig zagging on entry and exit....

    I am glad the fences are only small. Your mount did a wonderful job by not knocking more rails despite your best efforts to give her the toughest possible set up at most fences. Many other horses would have refused more jumps than just one, but that is the benefit of riding a schoolmaster I suppose.

    Sorry, sounds harsh I know. Work on strong entries and crisp exits, nice even lines towards the fence and maintain an even pace throughout.
        01-19-2011, 12:34 PM
    Thanks for being honest. After seeing the videos I noticed how wiggly she was in-between the lines. But this horse is in no way a school master. If you read, this was only her second show, and she's only been jumping for about 7-8 months. So that would explain the breaking. Plus she was in a good mood and was rushing and taking off before and after the fences. Hence why I was holding her back.

    Thanks for the critique
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        01-19-2011, 12:39 PM
    Erika, I do not want to be harsh or mean at all. Please don't be personally offended by my honest thoughts. I don't like it when a rider blames the horse for a bad round. In your opening post you listed several things your mare did wrong, and her attitude that day that caused her to do poorly. I see a nice mare in the videos that does need direction. You need to give her clear aids and very clear directions. Going on auto-pilot at your horse's second show when she is so new to jumping is not a good thing. Your mare looks like a lovely prospect. Sloppy riding on a green horse is in no way the horse's fault. In a schooling show with a green horse, I'd much rather see a rider take the time to set her horse up with balance and confidence than pushing her to win. I.e. When she comes off a fence on the wrong lead, bring her through a well balalnced simple change rather than running her through the corner on the wrong lead, hoping or pushing for a flying change. I would suspect that the refusal was due to the fact that she didn't know where she was supposed to be going and less about being distracted. She looks happy to have a job to do, but needs a strong leader so she can do her best.
        01-19-2011, 12:46 PM
    Im not offended, but I thought she did really well. I wasn't expecting a refusal. The flowers were knocked down on the ground and she just kept staring at them. I just kept riding like nothing was wrong. Then she stopped. I should have known she was going to stop, but like I said she jumped over that fence a few times so I thought she would ignore the flowers being on the ground and just jump it. And I wasn't pushing for a lead change neither. My trainer was yelling to just let her go. So I did what he said. Oh and trotting in corners was allowed on that division. It was a division for beginner horses.

    I didn't know I looked that sloppy. Now I know for next time.
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        01-19-2011, 12:51 PM
    Sorry Erika, I don't mean sloppy as in position or anything like that. Your position is lovely in the saddle. I just meant sloppy as in not setting her up for the best chance of success.
        01-19-2011, 12:58 PM
    Green Broke
    OK I take back the schoolmaster comment. She is an angel for trying at all those fences despite inadequate and unbalanced entries.

    Well done on taking reserve champion and also for taking these critiques on the chin. With more training you two could make a nice team and I wish you both well.
        01-19-2011, 01:12 PM
    I really do appreciated everyone's honesty, and I'm going to take it as a complaint that you guys think she looks like an honest horse, a schoolmaster even, in the videos. Because it took a ton of work to get her to even to jump at all. It makes me happy, because I put was the one that got her to where she is now in the videos. I know our rounds weren't wonderful, and I was hesitant to put these videos up to be critiqued.

    I'm just glad she looks like a nice horse. I don't want to make excuses but...she was having a bit of an attitude that day, she is a mare, and you know their moods aren't always consistent. I was just consentrating on keeping her from taking off, and I think I was too worried about my striding, then anything else.

    Thanks again, and I will definitely work on coming up to the fences more straight, and keeping her at an even pace...but now I know for next time, and I have things to work on when I'm schooling at home.
        01-19-2011, 03:01 PM
    Can't wait to see her next set of videos!

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