Went to my first horse show! How did I do? Feel free to critique anything!
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding Critique

Went to my first horse show! How did I do? Feel free to critique anything!

This is a discussion on Went to my first horse show! How did I do? Feel free to critique anything! within the Horse Riding Critique forums, part of the Riding Horses category

    Like Tree4Likes
    • 1 Post By mac007
    • 2 Post By Weezilla
    • 1 Post By MyBoyPuck

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        07-05-2013, 11:34 AM
      #1
    Foal
    Went to my first horse show! How did I do? Feel free to critique anything!

    We did pre-novice and novice hunters. Did pretty well as most of my classes were out of 11 people and we placed! I've only been riding now for about 4 years so I know I have a lot to work on! Here's the album:

    http://imgur.com/a/XJ99k
    amberly likes this.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        07-05-2013, 11:44 AM
      #2
    Showing
    .

    Congratulations


    .
         
        07-05-2013, 02:22 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Congrats on a successful first show

    First - Your turnout is impeccable, both horse and rider. Beautiful shiny horse and great braids. Your well-fitted bridle with buckles and keepers lined up and saddle and pad all fit well and your boots are nice and shiny. These details show the great respect you have for your horse and your sport

    Second - how great to actually ride hunter classes on a real outside course on glass and not in a sand ring??!! What a nice venue! You're now officially spoiled forever

    Your flat pictures remind me of hunters in the 70s and 80s in the best way. There's nothing so classic as a beautiful plain dark bay TB on an outside hunter course. Your form is nice here on the flat, but shows some tension which shows up in the o/f pics.

    You are jumping ahead of your horse and aren't closing your hip angle over the fences. Notice how your "lady parts" are in front of the pommel in every pic. It should be hovering above the seat, and your elbows went out when you "overjumped" the fences.

    Your horse seems very honest - many horses would quit when the rider consistently drops her horse and jumps ahead. Be aware that as the fences get bigger and correct striding becomes more critical, you can lose your horse's confidence quickly if he isn't presented with a doable stride in front of the fence. Do it enough and you will create a stopper The fences here are too small for your horse to take seriously and I'm guessing that your photographer wasn't a professional show photographer, since all jumping pics show your horse with hind end still on the ground.

    If I were your trainer, I'd have you practice endless hours jumping position, with attention to the transition from galloping position into jumping position, both at large and over trot poles, raised cavaletti, and a simple X. Pay attention to scooting your butt back, keeping your back flat, and elbows in. Remember that when your elbows go East and West, they cannot go forward As the fences get bigger, your horse's mouth will suffer for this. Also, lines of gymnastics are so good for improving your horse's bascule and your jumping position. I would also have you call out striding to fences of varying heights and widths from 2 strides away - "2, 1, GO!" and increase to 3, 4, 5, 6... Its a great exercise for developing your eye for distance.

    I really enjoyed seeing your photos. You should be very proud of yourself and your lovely horse!
         
        07-06-2013, 05:53 PM
      #4
    Trained
    Everything Weezilla said. I don't know how hunter riders are trained to jump, so I don't know if suggesting approaching the fence in full seat or light seat rather than half seat would be worth while. From these pics, I'm thinking you guys ride the whole course in half seat, so I'll comment based on that. If you are approaching in half seat, I know it is tempting to think there is more for you to do when the horse jumps, but that is not the case. There in absolutely nothing that should change with your position. Horse comes up to you and back down while jumping. At most your absorb the motion with your hips and knees as the horse makes his jumping effort.

    A great exercise to perfect this is a series of 3 low bounces set 9' apart. Approach in half seat canter, hands forward, and picture the top of your head is on a zip line and in a fixed position. Absorb the motion on the bounces in your hips and knees. Holding mane helps you hold the position so you can focus on keeping your upper body still. It's a very fun exercise and gets quick results.

    Very nice turnout. You guys are going to be hard to beat once you get your jumping mechanics fixed.
    azarni likes this.
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    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:

    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.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Feel Free to Critique my photos :) Buckcherry Horse Pictures 14 03-13-2011 12:02 PM
    Critique my horses, feel free to be honest BarrelRacer86 Horse Riding Critique 12 07-12-2010 11:20 PM
    Feel free to use my horse and I to practice your skills! =] eventerwannabe Art Requests 8 01-24-2010 01:24 PM
    Feel Free to..... Flojo Horse Artwork 0 06-17-2009 12:42 PM
    Some flat pics feel free to critique huntseat7 Horse Pictures 2 01-14-2009 10:57 AM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:29 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0