Originally Posted by sabandbelle
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
By no means was I trying to imply that your leg is extremely bad because it is not. I apologize if it came across this way. I'm glad the critique helped.
As far as the expression goes, I was basing my critique off the picture shown. In this picture, the horse does not look comfortable or happy due to his ears being back and his awkward jump (this is also due to the close take off point, but also he is not stretching and using his neck)
This does not mean that he hates his job and he doesn't like being ridden. I am glad to hear that he is typically happy to be ridden and I agree with others that his expression could also be due to him not liking the leg being so far back.
Hope this makes more sense!