Ok everyone, figured I'd throw myself out there to see myself through other people's eyes. The 2 videos are of me riding my lease horse, Nichols, a 9yr old, 17.2h, Belgian Warmblood. I just started leasing him last month, and he has been getting back into shape with me as his owner is a truck driver so Mr. Nichols sat around for quite a bit just being a pasture puff and getting ridden quite irregularly. This is the flat work from my lesson yesterday. As well as our first attempt at a full course together :) Nichols can jump 4'6"+, but I have only been jumping about 5 months total, and before him my own horse was a rehab case so there wasn't any serious jumping going on. I would love to get some constructive criticism on my Equitation and whatnot. I do notice that I have a hard time 'lengthening' my arms, I did saddleseat and the Morgan circuit for so long that I am undoing 20 years of everything I've ever learned lol.
Our goals are to do as schooling show next month in the 2ft division and then when the next circuit starts in November we are hoping to go for the 2ft division with ending in the 2'3" towards the end if all goes as planned. We will be showing him in the hunter ring. Yes, he is bred to be a jumper, but he has slight issues with his right hind that prevent him from doing those hard rollbacks sometimes required in the Jumper ring. We are working on finding a good bit for the hunter ring, here he is just in his regular work waterford 3-ring. I am hoping to do a few medal classes in the equitation division later next year or next season, I know I am not going to be the skinniest girl in there, but I feel it would be a good experience.
In the jumping video first thing I notice is that the last diagonal line I don't have a good release, he tends to turn into a "freight train" on the home run so we're actively working on that lol.
I would love to hear any and all thoughts from you guys :)