Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
Yes... I would say your first little pinto pony jumps a bit "odd". What you're feeling is that she doesn't rock back on her hind and push off with a nice round bascule. This mean all she's doing is planting her back hooves into the dirt, and hurling herself over the fence. She's strung out and flat through the entire video. Were you my student, you'd be telling her to whoa.whoa.whoa! She needs to come into the bit and into your hands, and you need to get her in front of your leg with her hind end propelling her forward... instead of the front end dragging the rear! As for the gray pony, while I would pick him over the pinto pony, I dislike that he wrings his tail and is also taking you for a drag. More whoa, and less rushing to the base of the fence. My only major critique for your riding would be to be mindful of when you're sitting back in the saddle. There are quite a few times when you're sitting too soon and grabbing your horse in the mouth.
I rode tons of different horses growing up... and I can sit just about any kind of horse. I am not a pretty rider, by any means. But I am a strong and solid rider. So riding lots of different horses and ponies, will make you quite strong and able to handle all sorts of rides.
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