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        01-04-2012, 07:34 AM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by MudPaint    
    You have a great cadence in the the first video... serious envy here. Lol. My only thought is to watch some of your fences that you come off the corner for (like the first one)... you wiggled a little side to side to and from the fence. Be sure to use your corners to your full advantage, bend your horse around them and balance. A couple of times you can see where your horse is counter bent. On this nice course, not such a big issue, but in vid 2 it shows up more.

    Vid 2-- I love ... love ... love this course. You rode it pretty well. However you lost a little of your cadence because of the counter bend on the turns. On your turns (especially the tighter ones), sit back and lift your hands off the withers. Push him through the turn on his butt, rather than allowing him to plow through on his forehand. The rougher turns had you chasing some of the lines to make the striding. Which caused you to have to use your hands more, pinned ears, tossed head... all connected.

    Your first class was spectacular... really nice to watch. Second course was more challenging and brought out your flaws, however, it was still a good round. I wonder what the other rides looked like. You guys look awesome though. I would have killed for courses like that when I showed Hunters.
    Thanks for the tips! My second round he was a lot more fresh and a little less responsive than my first round, but I also got a little complacent in my riding which is something I need to work on. Thank you :)
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        01-04-2012, 12:43 PM
      #12
    Foal
    The only thing I'm going to add are to work on getting the correct lead when he lands from a jump. He has great changes, but it looks cleaner if they land on the correct lead.

    Great job!
         
        01-04-2012, 04:16 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by kcscott85    
    The only thing I'm going to add are to work on getting the correct lead when he lands from a jump. He has great changes, but it looks cleaner if they land on the correct lead.

    Great job!
    Thanks :)!
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        01-04-2012, 04:50 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    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. ;)
         
        01-04-2012, 05:34 PM
      #15
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by blush    
    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. ;)
    Thank you so much!!! It's taken both of us years to get the rhythm and softness down... We are just finally coming together as a team after 4 years! He's super special to me and definietly calls me out on all of my faults. He's like 90% appendix and normally doesnt place well in aqha workin hunter classes because he is totally not the "ideal QH" like some judges really look for, and he's not everyone's cup of tea just because he is abnormally tall for AQHA. They seem to either love him or hate him, But he's a killer eq horse (for aqha standards) and lays down a perfect course 95% of the time (when I don't get in his way of course haha!) but he will be for sale this time next year unfortunately. I really do kind of exaggerate my 2-point which is something I never used to do, so I'm trying to soften my 2-point and let him come to me some. And my hands do need to be picked up! Totally agree with everything you suggested :)

    And my shadbelly is an RJ Classics, that I purchased from the Collection. She has an online website thecollectiononlinestore.com. She always has the best prices that I have seen and is the BEST consultant. She mostly goes to the hunter shows like HITS and shows up in new York and new jersey :) I highly recommend her!!

    PS: the two girls that beat me were picture perfect, with horses that have been very VERY successful on the aqha circuit :) very nice group of riders and horses, for sure!

    Thanks so much, again! :)
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