Critique and Compare Over Fences
The photo is from our first show this summer, and the video is from tonight. We're only jumping 2' in both photos, because after that show I switched trainers because the one I was with wasnt helping me at all with my position.
Please compare and critique. Only critique the video though please!
Huge improvement in your position from the summer!!! However, two things I saw was your hands in your crotch and your lower leg. Try bringing your hands up so when you 2-point, he has a good release, probably about 3-4 inches. Your lower leg is really swinging when you go around the arena, so try going back to the flat and riding without stirrups! :)
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Very good position improvement!! You got the horse going really nicely over the jumps, good striding :)
Only thing I see is that your body (mainly your lower leg) is quite noisy at the canter, it might be because you're in a bit of a light seat, but practice makes perfect! :)
Yeah, my legs are the first thing i noticed too, and im definitely gonna work a ton on that. And hands up? Will do. Thanks!
I'd also suggest being a little more clear on if you're sitting the canter or in two point, none of that wishy-washy stuff you were doing right there. It will cause "bouncing" at the two point (because your body is used to doing it) and you will bounce on the landing like you do over the jumps I looked for it on. You want to make sure that your butt stays out of the saddle on the landing because that's how you pull rails with the hind end, coming down too fast or bouncing on the horse's back.
I do really enjoy the trainer's comment's though, I'm sure keeping him together is part of the reason why your hands are in your crotch, so just remember to keep your reins short :) (as a trainer we've only got so many things we can tell you at once before you start your course so we pick the most important things and work on the rest lol and as your reins weren't drastically too long she focused on what was probably the purpose of the exercise)
You definitely did yourself a service by switching instructors. Looking good.
You def look so much better. I echo JustJump on getting your hands out of your lap. It's tipping your upper body forward and may be aiding your legs swinging.
You can still keep your horse together with your hands raised, actually I find it easier, especially as the fences go up. Right now your horse looks very pleasant between fences but on the forehand. As you prepare to move up he needs to be working off his butt with his head up to see the fences. Raising your hand gives a true connection and puts your hand in a good place for a crest release.
Switching trainers def was a good job.
Thanks for all the input. I never realized that my hands were so low, but i'll definitely work on it!
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