Wow. Just watched the 2 videos posted.
Annette Lewis's video, as far as pure looks
go, looks horrendous. I do see she drops the rein contact over each jump, but I feel like the reins shouldn't have anything to do with holding your body position over a jump? (As you shouldn't brace your body by holding onto the reins.) I guess clearly it works for her and her horse, and I've haven't even gone over one jump yet myself (had my second English riding lesson over the weekend) so I cannot speak from experience. But it certainly looks atypical. Reminds me of a jumping frog.
And off topic ... but I hated that she was smacking her horse with praise at the end of it. Right away I'm thinking: Why is she hitting her horse in the neck?!?! Did he miss a jump?!?! Then I realized she was praising him. If he can feel a fly land on his neck, he certainly can feel it if you simply pat
his neck in praise. Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine.
And Roger Yves's video, he seems to be yanking on his horse's mouth before the jumps towards the end of the video. When he goes over the second to last jump, he yanks before the jump, horse's head shoots up, and then when he makes the sharp right turn after the jump, he's bouncing around on the horse, hanging on the reins. You can see the horse's front legs bounce off the ground in response to his hanging on the reins to get his balance.
Again, I have never ridden a jumping horse period so I can't even imagine how difficult that course is. But ...... I guess being a "beginning English" rider, I would expect more out of a high level jumper who's been doing this a long time. Can anyone expand on his way of riding?
For my English learning purposes.
I know every ride won't be perfect and mistakes will sometimes be made, but I just wonder if he did indeed have a better seat and leg in his jumping, he wouldn't have lost his balance around that last sharp turn in the course, and braced on the horse's mouth.
And is it common practice to jerk on a horse's mouth before a jump, when they are getting excited and ahead of themselves? I don't mean that in a derogatory way at all; I really have no idea and am curious. I understand the horses get pretty hot during a jumping course, but I wonder if there is a better way to get them to rate themselves before a jump instead of jerking.