Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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I agree mayfieldk. This horse is a trooper. CharliBum, you and your horse do need to take a step back and really look at what's going on in that video. First, the horse is rushing - this can be solved with more dressage work (half halts) and going back to basics, working on slowing down. Secondly, the horse takes some very scary spots - again, dressage and slow will help fix that. Thirdly, the horse is running through your aids; dressage and slow will help fix that.
If you were my student, you'd be going back to flatwork, and figuring out inside versus outside aids. You'd be learning leg-yields and how to ride the horse's hind end, and become less handsy. Then I'd ask you to start controlling the horse's hind end and ribcage and shoulder with haunches in/out and shoulder in/out. Transitions (within gaits and between gaits), flexion, counterbending, all on the flat would be the name of the game for 6 months. Then I'd introduce trot poles again. Then a crossrail. Then we'd go back to flatting for a while. Then we'd look at jumping again.
You have a lot to work on. You've been given a ton of good advice on all your critique posts. You are not a terrible rider, and your horse is very good - he saved your butt a few times in that video - HOWEVER you need to step back and see what we're seeing. There is a ton of room for improvement on your flatwork. In my humble but very honest opinion, you need 6 months or more of just solid flatwork, no jumping whatsoever, to eventually improve your jumping.
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