You are doing so great with her. She is a very brave and trusting girl. Of course, having a very brave and trustworthy rider/trainer helps. ;p Yall keep up the good work and keep the pix and vids coming. :)
I totally missed this thread. Great vids! You look like your having fun and Sandie is sure one pure hearted mount. You both are very lucky to have one another.
The Almost Fall Jump - you dropped her a stride away from the fence. You said "ok here, now you do it" and she hesitated because you stopped riding. She didn't have you there for support and encouragement - and you put yourself on her forehand. Then you tried to compensate by going behind her verticle, which caused you to get left behind.
So that was rider error - but you covered it well. It takes moments like that to remind you how you must remain supportive and solid every step you take out on that CC course. It takes moments like that to teach us, so that we can correct our errors, to be that much better the next time around.
Thanks everyone...and thanks for the advice as always, MIEventer Sandie was SO excited for the jumps and I swear, she's advancing in her jumping career far faster than I lol!! I would have done smaller ones that day, but they didn't have the Intro level jumps out, just the next level up, and while they seemed to work for Sandie I think they're just one step too high for me right now, at least in XC!
My trainer and I have been working a lot on our dressage lately, and some small cross rails so that I can work on my form and get used to going over the jumps more, and then maybe I'll go back out at this level after I've had the summer in "intro"
Stormy, I feel really stupid asking this but I've only been riding 2 1/2 years and didn't grow up around horses or anything like that...so once in awhile a term comes across that I have to admit I'm not familiar with What is "riding in a half seat"? Is that the same thing as riding in a 2-pt? If so, then no most of the time I was not (unless I was cantering - I can't canter with that vest on without being in the 2-pt because it comes down a little far on me, I'm so darn short!!). However, when I'm posting on Sandie I can't even tell in most videos, she is honestly THAT smooth of a trotter!!
You are not riding in a 1/2 seat when out on the cc course. You should never be in a 1/2 seat out on the cc course.
What I see though, is that your seat is stiff - which is understandable because you're nervous your first time out - but the more you work on dressage as you said you are, you will learn to relax your pelvis and hips which allows your seat to remain in your saddle, and swoop with your horses canter motion.
Half seat is not the same as two point. Half seat is where your rock onto your crotch, lifting your seat bones off of the tack. You should never ride this way on the cc course.
Most people do a 1/2 seat incorreclty though. They think it is as stated above, but how it really should be is all 3 points remain in your saddle *two seat bones and crotch* and your upper body just moves forward slightly ahead of the verticle.
Your seat must always remain functional - on all 3 points.
Here are pictures to help you HoofPrints.
Top is 2 point. Middle is Full Seat. Bottom is 1/2 seat
When out on the CC course - you always approach every fence in a functional solid seat - now when you are hand galloping between fences, yes you merge into a 2 point to give your horses back a break - but about 5 strides to the fence, you sit deep, wrap those legs around your horses girth and support, encourage and aid your horse to that fence.
In your vids, you never once merge into a 1/2 seat. I would like to see you work on relaxing your seat though, keep it in your tack before and after the fence.