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post #11 of 15 Old 09-28-2011, 10:23 PM
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He has fabulous jump, very round and knees up and even!
I think your stirrup needs to be shortened a hole or a half-hole but it's difficult to tell without a side-on picture. In every picture (Except last one) you are looking down. You're laying on his neck very obviously in the last two, and your leg has slipped back a bit. You may also have a tiny roach, but again, hard to tell.
Overall you guys look really nice, and are dressed to win. Lovely braid job too!
Reserve champ. without competing in the last class is fabulous, your scores held you up without it! Congrats
I also want to steal your horse, he's amazing!
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-29-2011, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! Thanks you all for your feedback, I appreciate it so much that you guys take the time to comment on me and Robbie! :)

As for Robbie, we have been working hardcore on gymnastics and getting him to be a bit more "snappy" with his front end. He does however, have textbook hunter knees and I have been told that by multiple judges numerous times. I just want him to be tighter when we cross over to play in jumperland. :) Thanks for all of the overall compliments about him though, he really is a special boy! :)

As for me haha, I was a mess this show...equitationally speaking. I personally did not feel secure in the tack and it clearly showed in the pictures. Robbie was just jumping so huge this show I actually lost my stirrups 4 times during my classes. Thankfully I bought a pair of the "cheese grater" stirrup pads and that helped me stay in the tack a bit better haha. Especially over the oxers, I was fearful I would land on his head because he was so scopey over them haha. So that's why in most of my pictures I am looking down...just wondering where exactly on his neck/head I will land! My leg does need work, I'm definitely going to do a ton of no-stirrup stuff!

VelvetsAB - Thank you for your compliment! And yes I did cheat a little haha. Robbie was having a fit because some guy was putting garbage in a huge garbage bag (he's terrified of bags) so in order to get his attention back, I had to resort to not very nice eq, etc. -hangs head in shame- My trainer was all over me though about that and I'm happy to say that was the only time it happened! He was wonderful in accepting the contact the rest of the show. :)

MudPaint - Haha, yes he is a completely different horse when he is at a show! He likes to show off his personality in the u/s classes but when it comes to jumping, he's very professional. People don't believe it's the same horse half the time. :)

maura - Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! I'm really hoping to do the AO's in the future, glad to hear you see potential in him! So many judges have told me what a "textbook hunter" he is, I'm happy I'm not the only one who thinks he's almost perfect haha. I was having a heck of a time staying in the tack this show. I have no idea why, but his jump was crazy huge and I think he really wanted to show off since he was in the "big grass ring".

Hidalgo13 - Thank you! He's a Dutch Warmblood. :)

newbhj - Thanks so much! I will try and find a side picture of us at this show so you can judge my lower leg. I've always had a problem with it slipping back but lately it's been wonderful! My eq went to crap this show tho haha. Yeah I was pretty surprised we got reserve when we didnt even do the last day! I guess a lot of the riders were having trouble with the courses (they weren't your average line-diagonal-line) so I was happy with how well Robbie did!

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post #13 of 15 Old 09-29-2011, 07:03 PM
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Hidalgo13 - Thank you! He's a Dutch Warmblood. :)

Ouuh that's why I like him so much. I love Dutch walmbloods. My school horse is one as well but he's more chunky in build due to being gelded rather late.

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post #14 of 15 Old 09-29-2011, 07:33 PM
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To help out with the landings and stuff try doing a smaller 2-point. I jump about 3ft also and you are doing a very big 2 point in some of these pictures. your butt shouldn't be that high out of the saddle. if you get a little more wight off his forehand he might be a little snappier with his front end. Also looking down at the fence throws your horse off major is it doesn't show that much he's putting in double the effort then. remember you should be looking at your next fence id you look then it will also help him get his leads right off the bat.

Very nicely put together horse. do you show him in conformation classes? you should. i love dutch warmbloods! very nice front end

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post #15 of 15 Old 10-01-2011, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Hidalgo13 View Post
Ouuh that's why I like him so much. I love Dutch walmbloods. My school horse is one as well but he's more chunky in build due to being gelded rather late.
Haha yeah I am sucker for Dutchie's too. The past 3 horses horses I've ridden seriously are all dutch warmbloods, I'm addicted! I really do wish Robbie was kept a stallion, he would make adorable baby hunters! :)

Me and my trainer are really working on flat work and keeping a "smaller" jumping position right now. I'm finding it so hard since he jumps me out of the saddle most of the time but with my leg strength improving, I feel I can hold up my body a bit better! A reason why I might like to lay on his neck is because I am a bit top heavy (I have larger boobs haha) so it takes a lot more upper strength to keep my body up. ;)
I don't show in conformation classes but I would love to! I've been told Robbie has super confo so I'm sure he'd do wonderful. :)

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