Originally Posted by Hunterjumper7654 View Post
Ok, So I got some new pictures for you all. They are not the greatest, he was tired from the day before and decided that he was going to jump flat so he did. I know I still have things to fix, I was really tired that day too. My position was over all sloppy but Mitch took care of me. It was really hot that day and it was the end of are lesson but i'm open for all opinions and critiques. Him and I are really starting to click.
In this picture, I see that you need more weight in your heels and need to make your leg perpendicular to the ground. I would like to see a slightly more open shoulder instead of looking like you are tring to touch your shoulders together in front of you, creating a rounding in your upper back. I like your hip angle and you are looking up and ahead. I also think you need a little bit more of a release.
Here it looks like you got left behind some but you are making a good effort to stay with your horse. It looks like your right hand has grabbed a chunk of mane but your left hand is floating and hanging on your horse's mouth. Again here I would like to see a little bit of a better release, giving your horse more freedom with his head. Again you need to sink into your heels and make your leg perpendicular to the ground. I also see in this picture that you are wearing your spurs incorrectly. A lot of people wear them really low like that because they say their horse reacts to the spur too much. It is ineffective down there on the sole of your boot. You look like a skilled enough rider to know how to ride correctly with a spur, knowing how to turn your spur on and off when needed. Gut your spur back up on your spur rest where it belongs. If your horse overreacts to the spur, use a smaller one.
Here it looks like you got left slightly again. I would like to see your hands a few more inches up your horse's neck and more of a closed angle in your hips. You are rounding your shoulders here again and you also need to sink more weight into your heel making your leg perpendicular to the ground.
Here you are slightly ahead of the motion. This jump looks a little bigger than the ones you posted previously and it looks like you anticipated it. Wait for your horse's thrust to push you up out of the saddle. You aren't too bad, you just need to bring your butt a little closer to the saddle. Because you are so far up his neck, your arms are folded akwardly beneath you. Again, you need to open up your shoulder and sink weight into your heels.
The thing that stands out to me the most is your hands. I can see space between your fingers. Close your fingers around the reins, turn your thumbs up more, and straighten out your wrist. You also need to open up your chest and sink a little more weight into your heels.
My comments on the previous flatting picture are basically the same for this picture as well. Fix your broken wrists, close your fingers around the reins, open up your chest, and sink weight into your heels.