Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie View Post
As you're clearly confident over these heights, I would say that now's the time to bring the height of the jumps DOWN and work on the horses technique, and your technique.
Any fit and healthy rider/horse combo can get over jumps - but only well schooled ones can get round a tricky course speedily and safely for both.
Have you done much grid work? This is great for both you and your horse to get both thinking about placing, timing and rhythm.
Okay, I brought them down to crossrails last time I rode and put up a mini course for us to do. Threw in a barrel as well to jump over since I wanted to introduce him to something else. ;)
To me it kinda looks like you are just leaning into the neck... I would rather see you do more of a crest release and sit up a bit more coming into the jumps... You need to get you stirrup into the ball of your foot (Its not really safe where it is) and then that will allow you to stretch you heels down and put your weight through your heels and this in turn will help with you sitting up..
What I do like is you are looking up with a nice flat back just try thinkinking about the jump coming to you more than you going to the jump
Okay that's quite helpful thanks :)
Originally Posted by Woodland Eventer View Post
I'm just wondering here... but, is that a running martingale or what? I can't clearly see, but it looks to be holding your reins down a severe amount(which would make it uncomfortable for you both if you were to release), and if it is a running martingale, it's not adjusted correctly.
I believe it is a running. I have another thread about my hand position and people were also mentioning the martingale. I'm not very familiar with them but Maverick's owner said to put it on him for now. Anyway people in the other thread were mentioning it as well so I'm going to talk to the owner about it. I got the lecture in the other thread don't worry haha
I will throw in my two sense :)
I think you need to give a bit bigger realease. I know that when training a spunky horse, especially an arab, you need hold - but I also recognize an uncomfortable hold on Cheyenne. Also, your running martingale is way too tight. Loosen it up.
HEELS DOWN!! Big pet peeve of mine... on top of that, your stirrups are hitting your heel. If Maverick spooks and unseats you, he could drag you easily with those sturrups and heel. I don't want to scare you, but at the same time, you need to be aware. I would take your stirrups up just a bit, to help you develop this heel, and so your irons don't run up on you like they are.
Don't be afraid to grab mane! This helps so much when learning a new horse. It forces you to give, it gets you up out of the saddle ... It's just safe :)
I would work on low gymnastics. It would really help the both of you :)
Thank-you :) brought up my stirrups one more notch the other day which makes it up two notches higher than normal. (The pictures were one notch higherl I think I could even bring them up another notch because my stirrups are usually fairly long when I ride on the flat (I'm a western rider as well as english). Anyway, as for my hands, okay, I'll see about that release and try to bring my hands farther up next time. I started with grabbing the mane because he had this huge refusal problem where he'd canter up to it and get faster and 3 inches away from the jump he'd stop. So I held his mane for that but we've mostly gotten over that now as long as I'm paying attention and cuing him for the jump. So I'm a lot more confident with that now and I only sometimes hold his mane, but I'll start up again and see if it helps bring me and my hands up his neck :) thanks a lot!