11-04-2013, 03:40 PM
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You didn't say how you've placed this season, but I'm guessing that you'd like to do better, else you would have been using these pictures for bragging rights. =b
I see several little things that you can easily change. First, your turnout is clean, but I'd like to see your horse's mane and tail braided, unless, of COURSE, if the show tells you NOT to. Also, your horse should GLEAM, so do a little bit better at show grooming.
I see that your helmet moved in the photos. I read that George Morris suggests that you not put your excess hair in your helmet before adjusting it. I do it routinely bc of habit, but I've been rethinking this. One year CW reenacting, (where I supposed to be a "guy"), I cut my hair really short so putting it up under a Kepi wasn't a problem.
Certainly your DON'T want your helmet to obscure your vision, or to be too loose.
I agree about your back. Spend the winter months doing the basic BORING stuff:
--riding without stirrups
--riding in 2-point, all gaits for an hour at a time, as if you were at a Hunt
Get your horse to do Quality lateral work. Perfect it at the walk, then move on to the trot and canter. ALL of the flatwork really pays off. Your horse becomes physically stronger and much more responsive.
KEEP YOUR EYES UP!!! I constantly remind MYSELF to do this.
Practice jumping this winter ONLY on very short verticals and cross rails. Commit your horse to the small jumps before tackoff and do NOTHING as your horse jumps, so you do not interfere. Try jumping these small jumps from the walk.
I see that you are riding with a Pelham, but no contact over some jumps. Can you jump him with a snaffle? IMHO, it shows off your horse better. We all know that more bit signals a hot horse that is harder to control, and Hunter is supposed to show off a talented Working horse, not a race horse.
I like your conservative choice of tack and your show clothes. Good luck next year! =D