Please critique !!!! - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 19 Old 12-16-2010, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
Please critique !!!!

something is wrong right ? I want to know ! Haha this is me on my 5 yr old! p.s can you see the attatchment ?
Attachments Pending Approval
File Type:
sabandbelle is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 19 Old 12-16-2010, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
Please critque!!!
sabandbelle is offline  
post #3 of 19 Old 12-16-2010, 10:49 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,268
• Horses: 2
You've completely lost the security of your lower leg. See how your heel has swung back? This is due to you pinching with your knee and losing the contact with your lower leg.

What you need to remember is to really sink your weight into your heels. This will help you to develop a stronger base of support. A great way to strengthen your lower legs is to do some no-stirrup work over small jumps, but if possible I suggest doing this with an older, more reliable horse if you have access to one, since I notice you say this is your 5 year-old that you're jumping in the picture.

I quite like your release and that you're looking up over the jump, however I think you need to bring your shoulders back a little bit so you're not looking quite so hunchback-of-Notre-Dame.

"Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then, always be a unicorn."
Strange is offline  
post #4 of 19 Old 12-17-2010, 03:03 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 611
• Horses: 2
I actually like your possy - your legs come back a bit but I think a little more weight in it will solve that (And stop you pivoting at the knee...)
jody111 is offline  
post #5 of 19 Old 12-17-2010, 09:44 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,276
• Horses: 0
The first thing I notice is your horse does not look happy at all.

I agree with everyone about your leg swinging back, it looks like you have a death grip with your knee. I honestly think, that your seat is not strong enough to be jumping this height. Maybe you are making your horse uncomfortable, that's why he looks so angry. That's just me assuming though.

I suggest a lot of no stirrup work to strengthen up your legs.
ErikaLynn is offline  
post #6 of 19 Old 12-19-2010, 06:46 PM
Ak1
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 368
• Horses: 0
Keep your hands up! THey've droped wayyyy to low and it almost could seem like you're trying to frame up instead of release. And, yess I agree with ErikaLynn that your horse looks very unhappy
Ak1 is offline  
post #7 of 19 Old 12-19-2010, 08:01 PM
Uma
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Too far from the barn
Posts: 102
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ak1 View Post
Keep your hands up! THey've droped wayyyy to low and it almost could seem like you're trying to frame up instead of release. And, yess I agree with ErikaLynn that your horse looks very unhappy
To me it looks like she is attempting an automatic release. If this is true than her hands are not to low. If you look, there is almost a straight line from bit to elbow which is the desired effect.

However, to the OP, I believe if you are going to continue to use the automatic release you need to move your hands forward more. You should feel like you are following you horses mouth (kind like you are pushing a wheelbarrow; down and out). But, personally I believe for how young you horse is and your apparent skill level you should stick to the crest release. Really focus on pushing you hand into the sides of your horses crest (about halfway up the neck) to help your upper body stay stable.

Your lower leg has slipped back significantly. Your stirrups look to be the correct length. (Good job) Now you just need to work on strengthening your lower leg. Think about FLEXING you ankle, sinking your weight into your heels and keeping you inner calf on. Your thigh and inner calf should be on your horse. Use your thigh to lift your body, not your stirrup and knee as you are doing here.

Once you fix your lower leg, this will significantly help your base. Your lower back is rounded, and looks like you are about to fall back into the saddle since you buttocks are too close to the saddle. This may be why your horses ears are pinned and he looks tense. Horses backs are so sensitive and we really need to make sure we do not fall back too soon.

I really like that your eyes are up! This is really important as it conveys determination and confidence as well as helps you make sure you are keeping your horse straight and you'll be ready for the next fence.

I recommend going back to lower fences and really focusing on the basics. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. Set up a small grid or a vertical and work on cantering up to it in your two-point. Really focus on your position and keeping your lower leg solid.

Also, during your flat work do a lot of work in your two point, as well as no stirrups. Make sure your lower leg doesn't swing at all gaits. Another good exercise is going from standing in your stirrups to two-point.

Hope this helps and good luck!
Uma is offline  
post #8 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
hi thanks for the last reply ! Most helpful so far . May I ask how my horse looks unhappy? Because he actually seems to LOVE being ridden ? Lower leg obviously not strong enough but I don't think its EXTREMELY bad . Anyway I in no way shape or form try to frame my horse up over a jump, don't really focus on it that much anyway! Hahaha thanks
sabandbelle is offline  
post #9 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ak1 View Post
Keep your hands up! THey've droped wayyyy to low and it almost could seem like you're trying to frame up instead of release. And, yess I agree with ErikaLynn that your horse looks very unhappy
p.s not trying to frame up
sabandbelle is offline  
post #10 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:15 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,276
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by sabandbelle View Post
hi thanks for the last reply ! Most helpful so far . May I ask how my horse looks unhappy? Because he actually seems to LOVE being ridden ? Lower leg obviously not strong enough but I don't think its EXTREMELY bad . Anyway I in no way shape or form try to frame my horse up over a jump, don't really focus on it that much anyway! Hahaha thanks
Your horse has his ears pinned back and just has an angry face. Usually horses that like to jump or who are comfortable with it have their ears forward and a happy expression.
ErikaLynn is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Western Riding critique and confo critique on Romeo Pidge Horse Riding Critique 19 10-09-2012 02:21 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome