Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
wow! You taught yourself?? Well done! :)
In the first pic there is something a little funny looking but I can't quite put my finger on it. Oh I got it! Your legs look like they are doing what I call 'chicken winging' with arms. My husband, who is just learning to ride, puts his arms out like chicken wings when he starts trotting. Looks like your legs are doing that. Your knees should be on the saddle. It also looks like your bum is lifted straight up from the saddle rather than having the lean forwards position but this could be influenced by the chicken legging :) sorry, I mean no offence by that term its just a name I have given it. In that pic it also looks like you are leaning a little on his neck but your release seems really good. I would also say that your legs have slipped back and your toes are a little too turned out :)
The main thing I can see from the other pics is the leg slipping back. You seem to have good hands and give him plenty of release which is awesome for a self taught person. I don't know if there is anything else to critique but my boss is going to be back soon so I have to stop playing on the forum and do some work ;)
Keep up the good work and I think with a little more fine tuning you will do really well at some starter showjumping :)
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"