Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I think you have some good potential, and good on you for trying! How tall is your horse? I noticed you seem a little tall for him (not big, just tall) which makes your job about twice as difficult (rofl, you should see my 5'10" friend jumping her 14hh pony, she's a good rider, but finding the centre of balance is darn near impossible!).
You pretty much already know you need more release, and I'd say a stronger lower leg. But I like that you're almost always off his back, and aside from your release, don't seem to be hindering him (you're not throwing yourself onto his neck, which I think is worse then sitting back more). I do agree I think the coach put the jumps a little high for you guys, but you were having fun, and that's the important thing! I don't see anything in your riding one could call "dangerous", so no harm was done, and you guys learned that you could!
However, if you're serious about jumping, I'd definitely advise lots of low grid work. Looks like your stirrups could be quite a bit shorter to. Keep on practicing, you guys look good!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.