These are just a few pictures of me and Ben show schooling 2'6". It would be great if you could critique me and Ben! I will take any advice you can give me=) Need to know what to work on to move up to showing 2'9" by September! Thank you :D!!!! (Oh and I attached a few different angles. If you would like to see a different angle, I can see what I can do!)
Maybe on the flat, close your elbows a bit more, and sit back a tiny bit?
Either way, I think you look really good. Your leg position looks awesome! Keep doing what you do! haha
On the flat your stirrups look a hair short, more like your jumping length, try dropping them a hole or two for flatwork. Make sure you keep your thumbs on top like your holding 2 ice cream cones & you can't drop them, that will close your elbow more & give you more control, especially in a running away with you situation. I like your flat back & how you open your shoulders where you are looking. Over fences you need to work on pushing your hands a little further up his neck for the release, although I do like how you press into his neck. Your slightly pinching with your knee over the fence as well, this is causing your leg to slip back, open your knee & grip with your calf & make sure you have enough weight in your heel. Besides that it looks pretty good! I like how you have a flat back & look up & forward over the fence-good job & good luck!
Definitely need more release, and your leg is sliding a hair back over the fences. Otherwise, you ride very well. You look confident and determined. I like your posture in the first picture, as well as over fences. You should be doing 2'9" in no time!
Thank you all so much! Deff. will work on it! Ben has a very strong and hard mouth and will take advantage of any room you give him to race away so I have adapted a more stern release with him so I can quickly bring him back(but enough release to not hurt him of course!):) Thanks you guys and I am so excited for September!
I'm no hunter expert, but the only big issue I see is the release.. just work on giving him more reins. other then that i think you guys look great!
I actually think youir horse will show better over larger fences, he appears to just be stepping over these without making a lot of effort.
In term of your equitation, I like kaykat's analysis above.
You don't mention what circuit you're showing, but I have to caution you - kimberwickes are unconventional in USEF hunters, and in a show run according to USEF rules, you'll be penalized for using one. In AQHA shows, they're pretty common and will not be penalized. Even if it's an AQHA show, consider getting him a bit that fits a little better - this one is too large for his mouth, and it calls even more attention to it.
Thank you Maura, and yes for Ben this is nothing! He usually does school MUCH higher but for this show we chose to be on the safe side and just show at 2'6" due to the fact that I rarley do any "realy shows" and he has showing anxiety. For the show, he will not be wearing his kimberwick or be using this bit because they are illigal for my showing circuit.
Overall, your equitation is good. I'd caution you to watch your elbows especially as you move up that they don't stick out. The biggest flaw I see O/F however is your heel. Sink your weight down into your heels which will help prevent your leg from sliding back. Other than that, you appear to be jumping with the horse which is crcuial when determining if someone's ready to move up.
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