Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
I agree with both MudPaint and kcscott85. The first round was LOVELY, you and your horse looked amazing...there must have been some serious competition for you guys to only finish with 3rd. ;)
I'm definitely stealing your horse, he has a wonderful stride and such an easy, flowing canter to all of the jumps. He really seems to love his job too, your rounds look like you guys are having fun and it shows with how nicely executed your courses were. I really like how you rode too, your hand is very soft and forgiving, your eye is up and you seem suepr solid in the saddle. I personally think those fences should be a wee higher so both you and your horse can show off a bit more. ;)
Your turnout is great (love your shadbelly btw haha), I am definitely jealous on how professional you two look.
My only suggestions to you is to keep your hands up and off his neck a bit in between the fences. They are getting a little low and it just creates a broken line from the bit, and your horse therefor gets a tiny bit on the forehand. Not something big but just something to keep in mind when your inbetween fences. :)
Another thing is that you seem to fold a bit too much over the fences and really exaggerate the thrust of the jump. Around here that's known as the "hunter porno star butt" and it's just when the rider sticks thier butt out way too much to show how "scopey" their horse is and how the horse is jumping them out of the saddle. Now I only see this a couple times in your videos and it's not bad at all, but definitely noticable if you look for it haha. Just try to keep your shoulders up and back and not force the jump for your horse, let him naturally push you out of the saddle. :) This will come easier when you two start jumping up a bit because your horse does seem a bit bored with the smaller stuff and will actually give you nice scope over bigger fences.
Overall, super jealous of your amazing rounds, great eq and super cute horse. I'm not usually a fan of AQHA's but I'll take yours any day. ;)