Originally Posted by Allison Finch
Overall, I really like what I see. You have a nice leg, you are using a deep seat to help regulate the horse. What I would like to see you work on has already been addressed....your hands/arms.
By riding with flat hands (piano hands) you allow your elbows to bow out. Your hands often drop a little low as well. This all breaks the ability to flow your horse's movements with a reliable contact. As a result of the inconsistent contact, the horse often hollows and braces against your hands. This is a very common problem, by the way.
Bring your thumbs up, allow your elbows to stay along your ribs, follow every move the horse's head makes without changing the contact (unless you mean to). Try to fuss a lttle less, too.
I respectfully disagree with jumpriders idea of the "perfect release". Crest releases are for beginner riders who need a "prop" and need to use the horse's neck for support. All riders should, at least, attempt to learn an automatic release, which is what it looks like you are attempting. It is what I am using on my avatar.
Yes, I agree you need to allow more freedom of the horse's head/neck over fences. Don't set your hands over the jump...allow more give.
I think you are quite talented and wish you were closer to me so I could get my hands on you ;)
This! Agreed! Especially crest vs. auto. I use a crest release on easy horses, auto on more difficult. While I think your auto needs a little more independence of hand (you vary between a short and an auto) I think that it's a good start.
The only other thing that I saw that hasn't been addressed is that you seem to be pumping a little with your upper body, but I think that goes back to your hands/arms. Get those fixed and you shouldn't feel a need to follow with your upper body so much. :)
I'm pretty new around here so I haven't seen your older stuff, but I do think that you're a lovely rider. Keep up the good work!