Originally Posted by missy06
I have to say, I'm a little surprised. LacyLove did post the video asking for constructive criticism. MIEventer provided that, in explicit detail, explaining why certain functions of riding and the body need to be working together to achieve a certain goal. Nowhere did she say anything that appeared rude or dismissive to the OP's riding.
Personally, if I posted something I wanted critiqued, I would be thrilled and appreciative to get a post as detailed and thoughtful as that. I know MIEventer was aiming to give some solid advice to Lacy and not to cut her down; the post makes that clear.
Just my two cents.
Agreed. Now with that, let's move on.
First, ponies are inherently evil and almost everyone has there "bad pony experience". She's pretty cute but she's trying to get out of working and getting away with it.
I agree with that other poster that your trainer should have been a little more proactive in this lesson. How many times had your pony refused or run to the side of the fence before your trainer made you go over it anyway? And then after that she seemed to jump it much better. Now I don't feel that her refusals were in a dangerous form, they were her way of getting out of work. She slowed down quite a bit at the approach and so maybe you just need to give her a little more leg and keep your seat as you approach to encourage her to keep her pace.
Also, typically when a horse runs to the side of a fence, you know it's coming and you can correct it. If you feel her start to head to the left, you close your left leg and your left rein and bring her back to the middle of the jump.
It all comes with practice and riding in two-point or without stirrups to help build a stronger leg and your confidence. Everyone has cruddy lessons. Just take what you can from this one and apply it to your next one. Good luck!