I've got nothing as to a critique, but boy does he look fun to ride. It's a nice, happy playful buck, not a "I want to end you" buck. He's so cute! Always good to see another OTTB with a new job. I do like how you just ride through his moments like they're nothing and don't get all up into his face. I really think that's the way to go with most TBs.
I agree with Puck. I really liked how you handled Zepplin's little... spazz's shall we call them. You just continued your ride like nothing was going on, and surely enough he calmed down. People don't seem to get that pulling on a horses face- espcially an OTTB- will achieve nothing productive, unless you consider them leaning and running productive....
That is one insane gymnastic setup in the 3rd video!
In the first and second vids, it didnt look like you were releasing at all with your hands, although your upper body was in a good position. The third one your right hand is further ahead over the jumps then the left is. The last video its harder to tell because it is slightly fuzzy, but it looks like upper body release and no hand release again.
Haley: Thanks! Yeah, he had ones of those things out cross country excepts for 10x bigger and with big bucks and it hard but with him fighting with him makes him angrier... : P I have learned the hard way!
Puck: LOL he is interesting to ride. Shockingly enough he can be super lazy and stuff but when he wants to he is gone! I was out cross country with him and he took off with huge bucks and yeah... I was not expecting that out of him. And even though he is only 5 he is coming off from an injury for 2 years so he has only been really started after racing for 3-4 months so it adds some fun challenge to him! Oh and I don't know what his racing name is as he is my trainer's client's horses.
Velvet: Yeah, im not really good on my release yet especially with him because its really hard to stay balanced on him so I go back to my habit of balancing on the reins and then I don't release because he can get supper strong over fences... Yup the last pole in the 3rd video was there just to slow him down, needless to say it didn't really work lol
I agree that you handled his little spazz's really well. I also really like that your back is flat and your eyes are up and looking where you are going.
There is only a couple things I noticed. Even though these are small jumps, you want to make sure you aren't just standing up in your stirrups. Just stay in two-point and over the jumps slightly fold your hips. I like that your heels stay down but your lower leg swings a little bit. Try to keep that steady and your calf on but not squeezing.
My boy used to buck after jumps like this too bc it felt good.. something I can suggest trying is about two strides after the jump sit in ur saddle deep and sit back and this well help bring him back and encourage him not to jump.. after doing it for a while it teaches them to come back automatically and sit more on their haunches which is excellent and helpful when you start doing more courses.
I agree, you need to start releasing. The reason a lot of horses pull or run off after fences is because they are anticipating getting their mouth pulled on. When he's about to take off give him a big release with your hands pushed down on his neck. You can practice this just cantering/trotting over a pole or line of poles so you get the feel for it.