11-16-2009, 06:28 PM
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You look great, but there is inconsitancy and no rhythm established for your horse.
Ok, first thing, you really want to work on shortening your reins. I just had to work on this with a student at the barn because she continued to loose her reins while attempting to jump.
So, before you even ask for the trot pick up your reins. Short enough so that your hands are 1/2 way up the neck of your horse. What is happening, is that you are trying to control Pheobe with your long reins, and you end up in an arguement between the fences.
You are also riding hands first, and bracing against her, I especially see this at 4:51.
How much dressage do you work on with Pheobe?
Your seat is great, and I love that you aren't jumping ahead - but there is no established rhythm, control, tempo or fluidity between the two of you at all. You are riding hands first, and you both are argueing between the fences.
I say, go back to the flat for now - I mean you can still jump, but really go back to focusing on the importancies of Dressage. Balance, Seat into Legs into Hands to Soften, rhytm, control, fludity - getting your horse off of her forehand and onto her hind end - and you focus on riding with your seat first, and hands last.