Really cute horse with pretty good form considering she is green over the jumps. She will jump a lot better if she has more active gaits toward the jump itself. Her knees are not bad for a horse that is still learning and that will improve even more with time and training, I think she will make a great little jumper!
I realise it was the riders first time and we are not to critique however with a horse that is learning to jump it can be easy to make them sour through incorrect riding. The rider is doing her best and I understand that, however for your little horses sake I would look for a rider with more experience over fences, particularly with green horses that are still learning.
ETA: I just noticed that there are quite a few of us with similar comments about the rider so I apologise for that as I know you distinctly stated you didn't want that. The thing is that it is very hard to separate horse and rider in a critique as the horse is simply a reflection of the rider. Therefore the faults that may be seen in the horse are most likely coming from the saddle and are therefore not truly faults of the horse so it becomes hard to critique the horse alone. Hope you are not too offended.
All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.
Last edited by sarahver; 01-03-2011 at 12:02 PM.