Had a superb lesson with Excel today! He was a tad on the lazy side (though he's an absolute cross country machine out in the fields), so my trainer lent me her small rowel spurs, which perked him up. Crazy what a difference it made! The last few oxers were set at 3', I believe, and he just ate it up. I love this horse!! This is my fourth lesson with this trainer. She got on him today to help him with his right lead (favors the left) and even she found it difficult to get the right one all the time. I wish I got her ride on tape; he looked so great in frame!
For some reason I thought he looked slightly off trotting in the second video. Jumping, you seem to come back to him a little fast, hitting his back. To fix this, try staying up in two point until all four of his feet are on the ground.
From the stills I can see in some of them, your butt isn't out of the saddle enough. YOu need to bring your hands forward and your chest down a little. It looks like you're leaning forward and supporting your weight on your hands. Also, your leg seems to have slipped back over the fences.
Under saddle, I give your form an A+. I really like how your shoulders are back, your arms and hands look great, and your leg is nice. Your leg wiggled a little bit in the videos, but I don't think that's anything bad.
Very nice riding overall. Horse has good potential, just get him even with his knees and he'll be stellar :)
Thanks, that helped a lot! Not sure why he looks off; he felt fine and my trainer never mentioned anything when she rode him. Could you be seeing his little hop when he tries to switch to a canter in front instead of working correctly in trot? We still have to fix that.
It seems to me that you are rounding you shoulders over the jumps then straitening back out after the jumps. I like how you are always looking up. To help with not coming back up out of 2-point so soon try and keep you knuckles of your hands buried in his mane over and after the jumps to use your elbows as shock absorbers, Bending them over the jump the straighting them after, but keeping your upper body in 2-point till you hit the ground. Defiantly give him some of his head back over the jumps by relesing more. Fold your hip a smidge bit more over the jumps as well. And keeping you leg still over jumps only take time.(At least it did for me and I am still working on it sometimes!!)
Your flat work looks amazing! You are with the horse and are not posting too much, and your posting looks nice and smooth! You Are a really good rider! And that horse is gorgeous!!
Thanks! This is my 5th lesson ever (self-taught for years) and I brought this guy to where he is from right off the track, so I'm really happy with how he's coming along. I think the shoulder thing will be fixed when I figure out my release; it seems I was overcorrecting when she told me not to make my release so drastic. I can show you pictures that are downright hilarious of my release last year....hands literally 6 inches from his ears.
To help with not coming back up out of 2-point so soon try and keep you knuckles of your hands buried in his mane over and after the jumps
The reason I disagree with this, is that seems like it would create puppy-dog paws over fences. Also, the rider would rely too heavily on her upper body and holding herself up in order to stay in two point. The idea is to have good core balance and strength, that's what ultimately makes a good, strong jumper.
For the nuckles I more mean the part of the finger in between the knuckles so your hand lays flat on there neck. So that way you wrists are sticking out like puppy-dog paws over fences (I love that. Lol) (Picture 1, the black line is where I meant not the red line.)
While she is still gaining the good core balance and strength she still does need to stay in 2-point longer and having her hands on his neck with help staying in 2-point when she is still gaining strength. (Picture 2 show the rider keeping her hands in the horses neck through the jump.) I am sorry I did not explain it better!