We just did a few jumps today to practice on the hard, slick ground. Please critique horse and rider. For anyone who doesnt know us, gypsy is a 6yo hanoverian/tb and we do beginner novice level eventing. Thanks !
Your horse is cute!!! But he is reaching in some photos...long spots maybe??
Your base of support is outstanding. Sometimes it looks a little unnatural the way you put your chin up though...like it's forcing your upper body up with it...particularly in the second photo. But your seat is nice and low and staying right with your horse.
You should start thinking about the automatic release and being able to utilize that. It would help a lot in eventing too!
Yeah we did get some long spots lol my jumping yesterday was a little prep for doing xc today so we were going pretty forward. The ground is super hard and slippery here because we havent had rain in over two months so I wanted to get a little feel of the ground as I have only been riding on sand. I am also going to be schooling the next level up so I wanted to make sure she was confident on the footing as I can't put studs on her. These few jumps were literally the only jumps I did. [but I also flatted for 40 minutes then trail rode for about 30]
Thank you for the critique =] I sometimes do an automatic release but not always, it does help when the jumps go up though, I find it much harder to do with lower jumps.
Does she feel like she twists a little when she jumps? I can't tell if it's you crooked over the jumps or if she is jumping crooked. In the 3rd from the bottom picture you can really see it. Your butt is not centered over the saddle.
There is a great trick I learned from a friend to help you get balanced in the saddle. YOu take your stirrups off of your saddle, connect the two stirrups and then lay them across the front of your saddle and use them like they were attached. You have to stay centered!
Haha not going to happen its a really new saddle !! [thanks for the tip though I will try it sometime] I will probably just ride w/o stirrups for awhile every day. Its funny bc I thought about it when I was riding today and I felt like I had a little more weight in my left stirrup....