I thought you and your horse were wonderful! You did a great job of keeping your leg in place, though I feel like your sitting back down too early, but I have a harder time critiquing videos then pictures. Your back is nice and straight from the looks of it and your horse has his knees up high and is lower leg tight. I did notice that you did a simple change it the back, which is fine for lower levels but flying changes get you more points, at least where I show. You could use a longer crest release also. All in all, you guys were pretty darn good! Just work on a few things and you guys will be amazing.
Thank you! He was just some little western pleasure horse that someone was selling and something about him just clicked for me. He's awesome. I love him and he's truly my best friend. He tries his heart out for me in the ring and that's really all I want. :)
And yes, I do sit up too soon! It's just something I'm having trouble nipping in the butt. Oh well... I'll get it next time. I've been working on my release, thank you for pointing that out! :)
I agree, make sure you arent sitting down too soon and taking your hands off the neck before your horse has landed. Also you will be more successful in hunters if you get more good distances, work on his adjustability so you can put him in at a good spot to all the fences. Overall I thought you guys seemed pretty good though. Good luck with him!
Pretty good round !
What I want to ask you, is why did you enter at then canter and then go back down to the trot ?
I do agree with getting a more consistant spot to the fences and making sure to get your leads or to change them if he lands on the wrong lead.
Good distances are important no matter what type of jumping you do. I ride jumpers, partly because we don't have hunters in Australia and partly because my horse is not calm enough for it unless he's lost his love of working.
Canter leads are also important no matter what type of jumping you do, because if your horse isn't balanced he can't jump to the best of his ability. Flying changes are immensely helpful in a jump-off and/or to ensure you make your time and of course they look a lot cleaner than a simple change but they're not essential as such until 3' and higher, at least not in the jumpers ring.
To add my 2c you look a LOT like I did about 6 months ago, except you have a more stable lower leg than I had then. You also have a better release, mine was (and is) almost non-existent.
I am another who doesn't understand why you had that big block of trot in there at the start of your course. Is your horse strong? If not then you have no reason to be trotting parts of your course, trotting into your fences can be done at home as much as you like but there's no reason to do it at shows.
Staying in your two-point with your lower leg strong and your body in balance, for half a stride to a stride, is a great way of making sure you're not coming back too soon - but you want to be in more of a half-seat than a proper two-point. Do you know what I mean? I have a photo that I took of a top rider that illustrates what I'm talking about, excuse the huge feral watermark. That's my old deviantart account. The actual photo's on the old computer which won't turn on.
She's actually too far forward and unbalanced, see how she's at the very front of her saddle and leaning on her horse's neck? If she was more towards the middle of her saddle she would be much better off. It's so long since I took that photo that I can't remember how the horse took the jump, could have been an awkward one. Probably was, considering it was taken at a competition where the entries are invitation-only.
But what I'm trying to illustrate is staying off the horse's back for at least half the getaway stride, and you can gradually bring that back so that you're back in the saddle as soon as all four feet are on the ground, but you're not going to be restricting your horse's hindquarter and causing him to take rails as you move up the heights if you stay forward a little longer. Just as long as you're balanced and not throwing his weight onto his forehand, so that he can take the second element of a combination that might be as little as one stride away.
This is for WAHSET and so when I enter the arena I am required to take the two fences on the far side and I cantered them. I was coming off of them when the video started. Then, I am required to also take the first jump at a trot. That is why I was trotting and why I broke from canter to trot. :) Trust me... I dislike trotting jumps at a show but it is required for the fence.
Thank you blue eyed pony... that was extremely informative. The more I watch the video, the more I understand what you are saying. That really cleared things up for me. I totally get what you are saying about not sitting down so soon. I will definitely work on that. I also understand what you are saying about leads and distances. :)