First off, thank you. I asked for honesty, and that's what I got!
I know my release is bad, she only goes in a hackamore and the chain is somewhat loose on her chin so although it may LOOK like I'm reefing on her in a couple of the pics, I promise I'm not. For the release, are you guys refering to a crest release? Kinda pick a spot on her neck, place my hands there, and stay there til she lands? My release is better with a snaffle but this mare refuses any bit, behaves with the hack...
I'm having more issues with this horse moreso than the other mare because she's so compact with such a short neck that by the time I'm even a little out of the saddle, I'm smelling her ears...I'm not too BIG per se so much as too tall. If I shorten my stirups, I end up WAY in front of her...a 42" leg is hard to comprimise with...thinking I should just stick to the other mare! I'll try raising them and working on my leg a bit though...and we DO go over ground poles and such, only they're fenceposts laying down instead of actual caveletti!
As for Flika...I know she's not "neat". She's a trail horse...which is why we're sticking to crossrails and low jumps. Not planning to go 3' hunters with her, just a little fun in the yard. And the chairs, they tip over if the horse sneezes on them, nevermind bumping them...sorry if I sound rude but I asked for critiques on myself, not the horse.