Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Unfortunately the angle of the pictures makes for a really bad critique. Mostly I see that you have a very weak base - you seem to be letting your lower legs just flop wherever they please and overworking your thighs and knees. I do like your release - a lot of people with a weak base have a tendency to hang on their horses face, and yet you seem to have a decent upper body with nice hands. However, because of the weak base, you're either over jumping (standing in your stirrups) or getting left behind because you haven't created your centre of balance with a solid base. I suggest lots of riding in two point, and also getting someone to lunge while you ride with no hands. No hands work (both flat and over jumps) is AMAZING for getting those legs working as they should because you're forced to use them.
With height though - it has NOTHING to do with how long you've been riding for. I've been in the saddle since I was born, off and on again jumping lessons since I was 10, been jumping every summer for the last few years without a coach. I'm 24 years old, and I'm nowhere near ready to go higher then 2'6", and even that's a bit of a long shot as I don't have great position yet. Oh sure, I know I could hang on and hurl a horse over a 4'0" fence and stay on, I may even be able to make it look like I know what I'm doing, but how is it beneficial to me at all? So just keep up the hard work and try not to worry about height!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.