Originally Posted by maura
Since this is the critique section, I feel I have to mention that he isn't jumping in particulary good form in any of the photos posted. His forearm is consistently below horizontal and he isn't tight below the forearm either.
He does look pleasant, willing and athletic. Does he tighten up over larger fences? What type of competition and what level will you be showing?
I completely agree. While he's pretty cute, it looks like he's got sub-par form over jumps. Now it may just be that he doesn't respect the smaller jumps you're going over, but I'd still like to see him tighter in the front. And same questions as maura; does he tighten up over larger jumps and what kind of competitions are you planning on doing?
Originally Posted by NittanyEquestrian
I agree 100% with Dante. Shore up the lower leg, start giving him a real crest release to keep him happy and I think if you start giving him his head then his dangling legs might improve. I also think that you REALLY need to go back to flatwork and get that taken care of. The trot pictures he was strung out, hollowed and poking his nose out. You need the flat work to improve the jumping and he doesn't have very good flatwork right now. If you would really like to improve and compete on this horse then you should look into taking lessons from a qualified dressage instructor are at the least a hunter/jumper instructor that is good on the flat. I really think you need to concentrate on the flat before you, excuse the pun, jump into jumping. You will run into problems and start some bad training on him if you don't get the basics and fundamentals down first. That being said he's gorgeous, seems like a total sweetie and you seem to have a good seat. Best of luck to you!
To put it bluntly, I think his flatwork is abysmal. Any 5-6 year old should be able to carry themselves in some sort of frame consistently, and he should be doing that before you even consider doing more jumping with him. He needs to develop that self-carriage and suppleness before he'll start jumping superbly. While he clearly has some talent for jumping, talent will not get him very far. Once he's established good rhythm and consistent suppleness and balance I think he'll do very well as a jumper, but you need to get those basics first. And while you're working on his basics, you can correct the imperfections in your own body position. Overall though, I do like him. I'm a sucker for grey horses and he's adorable.