I have ridden horses for about 8 years. For the first 4 years I only ever did trail riding and never had an instructor or anyone take a look at me. I joined a horse forum and started to do more flat work and actual beneficial exercises for me and my horse. It was quite shocking how much was wrong with me lol. But slowly over time I developed a better position.
But then dum dum dum.. I took about a 14 month period off riding as I sorted some things out. Sold all my horses except for my little pony. In February of this year I decided I couldn't live without horse riding so I got back into it and bought another horse. I am sad to say I think I'm back to square one.
Anyway I got some pictures today of me riding in the arena. I've mostly been doing flatwork with him but we did a bit of jumping. Most of the pictures were sooo bad I couldn't post them lol. I have a real problem with jumping! Flatwork I'm fine I'm really confident. But as soon as I see a jump I tense up and so does my horse! I've never had a bad experience I have no idea what it is. Needless to say it's quite frustrating.
Anyway, honest critiques are welcome! And also suggestions for loosening up.
The horse: Nova is a 15.2hh 14 yo Quarab that I've owned since the end of February. He's got a ridiculously sensitive stomach so we've been struggling to find a diet that adds weight and also that he can digest (hence the reason he's a little skinny). Also he's only ever done barrel racing, western and sporting events in his 14 years of life so jumping is a bit foreign to him haha. Critiques on him are also welcome of course but the pics aren't the best conformation ones lol.
^^ He kept turning to follow me hence the reason his back legs look toed out.