Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
The first thing I see is that you ride with your hands down on the withers and don't have much bend in your elbow. Even with small jumps, you still need to be softening with your hands when you go over the jump. Also, your hands are flat, instead of having thumb on top. Once you get to the bigger jumps at the end, you actually end up being in your horses face and pulling back on the reins on the downside of the jump.
It never fails, when someone is wanting to get the correct leads over a jump, but isnt understanding why they arent getting them....you just have to go back and look at how they approach the fence. Were they straight? They got the lead. Came in crooked? Wrong lead. Look at your video around the 2:45 mark. You came into the diagonal one stride straight, and he came out with the correct lead. You go around the corner, and come in crooked to the next fence, and because you were crooked, didnt get the right lead. There are several other times in the video that this occurs.
Yes, single verticles can be taken at an angle, but the horse has to be straight coming into it with no bulges.
Sometimes after a jump, you turn pretty suddenly and sharp instead of trying to flow around the arena. Especially when you were going over the raised pole, you could have taken a stride or two further out and then turned, supporting him more with some leg, and opening your rein up just a tad to help get around the turn.
Just wanted to add, that I am glad you tried getting off your horses back for the lead changes. Some horse will find it easier if you free up their back a little bit. They can also move forward a bit better as well....
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
Last edited by VelvetsAB; 03-12-2011 at 10:52 AM.