I think I may have as many questions as I do critiques. Firstly, I was happy to see that you're a european rider, because the first thought I had when watching your video was that you had a ride similar (but not entirely like) Michael Jung, who just won the individual gold in eventing @ WEG, (I think he rides a bit harder into a lower frame.) and I was curious just how european your trainer was. :o)
I feel like my critique/question lies in one of the greater dissimilarities between your rides- hip angle. As Maura mentioned, you do tend to stand and maintain more open angles throughout. Also as she stated, I agree on trying a shorter stirrup. My question I think results from your hip angle in particular. (This may get crazy right now, but I'm very interested in how someone's erm..conformation affects their ride.) I had this thought throughout the video, and had it nearly confirmed at the fence where you got left. (I'd give anything for a side-view of that fence! lol) My question is: I wonder if you are not particularly flexible through your hip--tight hamstrings, etc. Particularly, how close you can come to touching your toes while maintaining a flat back. (this isolates your hip joint.)
I had a friend who had a very tight hip joint, so much so that it was hard for her to sit on the floor with her legs at a 90 degree angle to her body. She had a VERY similar ride stylistically. She was also repeatedly told to shorten her stirrups, which led to a bad case of jumping ahead as her hip joint physically couldn't compensate with a tighter angle. It's this lack of an ability to compensate that I'm hypothesizing is, not the reason why
, but the reason you got left behind how
you did--very upright.
So like I said, this may be hyper-focused and more questions than critiques and I could be totally wrong and all of this could be fixed by a stirrup hole. However, I can't help myself but to ask, and to offer that my friend I mentioned above improved greatly with simple stretching.
you can all call me crazy now