Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Wow, thanks for all the replies guys! :) I'm kinda sucky at critiquing myself so thanks for helping me out! :)
Gidji -- For my leg position, this has been a problem for me for foreverrr haha. I was trained to stick my toes out when I first started riding so once I moved to my new barn (about 2/3 years ago) I've been trying desperately to correct that! I think I've improved quite a bit but I still know I have a ways to go haha. But now when I jump, I'll really focus on keeping my toes forward and having the side of my calf in contact with Robbie's side. :) Also, I can see what your talknig about regarding how high my body is out of the tack haha. Robbie has a hugeeeee jump and I know he pushes me way further out of the saddle then I need to be so I'll try really hard to understate my two point. :)
KennyRogersPaints -- thanks for your critique! Yes, I think he is just built a bit butt high and I'm pretty sure he always will be haha. It's not nearly as bad as 2 years ago, but I'm glad that's the only flaw he has!
ErikaLynn -- Haha, thank you! He's definitely grown up to be a very handsome boy. :) Yeah, I really need to work on my leg position haha. That will be on the top of my list!
Arksly -- Honestly, the only reason why it looks like he hangs his legs is because the jumps aren't big enough for him haha. He's used to jumping bigger then in the pictures, so when we go back to small stuff he gets super lazy and doesnt think they are worth his energy. ;) I know that's not a good habit for him to have, any suggestions on what I can do to help him snap up a bit better over the small stuff??
hflmusicislife -- Thanks so much for the critique and suggestions! I will definitely try and "over-correct" when I hack and on the flat. :) I can see how this would help me be more stable o/f, somebody also suggested having the outer side of the stirrup iron on my pinky toe and the inside on the ball of my foot, kinda giving a diagonal shape outwards? I haven't tried that yet but do you think it would help? :)
As for the tucking problem, he really only does this over smaller jumps haha. We're used to doing 3'6 and above so when we do anything smaller, he decides to put no effort into it at all haha. When we show he tucks gorgeously and the judge's love him, it's only when he feels the jumps are "good" enough for him that he doesn't tuck haha. ;)
haleylvsshammy -- haha thank you! He really is a special boy, but I definitely could not share him haha. ;)
Anybody else?? :)