Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Between two places in Canada!
• Horses: 0
I'm not very good at this but I'll give it a go!
1 - unsteady leg. I like my jumpers, and this is most likely a jumper lesson, to have a nice steady leg, especially in the lower levels where riders can't really compensate quickly for their mistakes as the 1.2M + and GP riders can, having a good base of support under you is a great skill to have.
2 - her arms look stiff and at some points it seems like her elbows are "flapping". At times she seems to "fling" the horse over the fence - he's a good boy. He knows his job. A release is sufficient, she doesn't need to throw his face away.
3 - the last jump was actually a BAD landing - she was behind the motion and it looked for a second to me like she was going to come off.
4 - at times it seems like she has no seat - she's just bouncing around up there. Lower leg and relaxing her back will help with this.
5 - PERSONAL OPINION is that I never jump a jump with a ground line on the landing side. It was drilled into my head in pony club, accidents happen, and ground lines are for approaches, not landings.
I used to (and at times still do) have many of these problems. Practice and FLATWORK FLATWORK FLATWORK will correct them. The jumps are only 1/20th of the class, the dressage you ride between them is the other 19/20ths.
Other then that cute little horsie, nice look to him, and your friend for the most part looks good on him. :)