Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
I'm really only going to say what I think about picture #2.
If you look at picture #1 you can see that, although you're looking to your next fence, you haven't telegraphed your next move too loudly to your horse. You're simply hinting that there's going to be a quick turn, and you're going to need him to land on the correct lead for you. I can appreciate that.
However, in picture #2, you're riding his head and leaning in to your anticipation. Gotta' be careful with that in your roll backs. The communication doesn't need to be that loud between you and your horse, especially in mid air of the jump.
Post script: How do you get his mane to plate that way?! Do you keep it banded??? Do you have it professionally done? I'm on a very serious quest to get my horses mane to look like that!
Beautiful pictures. Beautiful horse. Beautiful riding. You guys are champions.
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