These are just a couple of video's of me and my boy at our 2nd Horse Trials yesterday. They were taken while we were warming up for Cross Country.
No serious critique please, I was going to post them for critique, but then I slowed the videos' down to watch myself and my form is hideous! I'm so far out of the saddle and my leg has fallen back - which I think is due to my stirrups being too long - and I need to improve on just about everything *sigh* So don't look at me, look at the preeettty horse!
We are both quite green at jumping and at this stage all competitions are just for fun and experience. Up until recently the only time we got to jump was once a month at Pony Club, but over the past month we have been practising weekly at our Pony Club's XC course, and although we still look pretty shabby, we have improved.
First vid is our first attempt at the warm-up jump, lol. Shea is not so brave when it comes to new jumps, which makes jumping a course rather difficult. He will typically shy away on first approach and then take it the 2nd time.
A later attempt, much better.
I know he has his head in the air, but I wasn't really worrying about where his head was at that point. He gets a little wired when it comes to jumping and I focusing mainly on keeping him steady and relaxed.
After our warm up I was worried that we were going to have to attempt every jump twice, but although he tried to run out on the 1st I got him over after that I could feel his confidence increase with every jump. It was a blast!
We're not so crash hot now, but I think he has some potential with more practise and training (and better riding from me ). What do you think?