Jumping Lesson! Critique Me and Robbie! :)
Hey everybody! Me and Robbie have a show coming up at the end of August and we are having some amazing lessons lately - hopefully meaning our show will go well haha.
But I got some video and stills of our latest lesson where we focused on how to ride hunter derbies. :) Robbie was awesome and I got some really good shots of us for you guys to critique! Please tell me what you think of me and of Robbie - and of course what we can improve on before the show!
Me and Robbie are doing the 3'3 and 3'6 hunters, so judge us with that in mind! :) but any tips or advice would be wonderful, thanks guys! :)
Just have one for now - will upload the rest tonight!
wow! looks great(:
All I would say is don't square off your shoulders yet, he jumps so well that even at that height it looks like your jumping a bit to much for him, sit up and push your shoulders back more.
I always love looking at you and Robbie :) Such a great pair you are and great jumpers!
Makes sense to me that you're a hunter rider. Your horse is lovely, clean over fences, and talented. You're a very classic looking rider. Have you two done any equitation? I bet you'd be in the ribbons every time.
Your horse is LOVELY.... an obvious hunter. You have an excellent leg/seat. My only gripe is that your hand is floating a bit in the picture. You certainly look secure enough that your hand wouldn't rotate back and catch him in the mouth, but still... crest release is named as such for a reason. Really though, everything looks lovely and your look secure enough to be doing Hunter Derbies.
Thanks for the feedback guys!! :)
It's good to know my position looks pretty solid, my leg is something I'm constantly working on cause I rotate my leg pretty bad haha.
Oxer - I haven't done any eq classes mainly because Robbie's jump is SO hard to ride haha. 90% of the time he jumps me out of the tack so I'm scared that at a show where the jumps are "scary", my position is gonna turn to crap when I'm clinging on for dear life haha. Maybe since my leg has gotten better I might enter one or two next weekend and see how that goes! :)
MudPaint - Ahhhh yes, I have a bad case of the "floating hand". Haha, I have no idea how to fix it or what to do! However, I never catch him in the mouth and follow him pretty good in the air. My trainer wants to copywrite my hands because they are pretty giving over the fence haha. I'm trying to work on my automatic release...but sometimes my hunter habits override. :(
I do have some new pictures though for you guys to look over!! YAY! :)
Floating hand returns haha.
A nice little flatting picture :)
...and Robbie tries to be a cowboy. ;) I apparently thought it was hilariousssss haha.
I think your lovely boy goes nicely on the bit. As you can see in your flatting picture, he is reaching for the contact and is moving off your leg. However, I am not a fan of riders that ride with their hands wide apart creating a kind of chute that they push their horse through. Hands together. Allow him to reach for the bit, and support him there, without hanging on you.
Just my opinion.
Ackk sorry I kind of abandoned my thread haha. School started and Robbie got hurt so things have been a tad hectic!
Oxer - Thanks for the feedback! I can definitely see what you mean by a wide handed contact. I have super bad habit with that - will consciously try and remember hands up and together. :) I find I do get pulled down quite a bit with him though, he likes to be heavy on the forehand and while he is seeking the contact, he likes to pull. Any suggestions on how I can keep him wanting the contact but not pulling so hard into it?
Roberto looks horrible, you can just send him to me. Even send him in his cowboy hat if you'd like and I will take him to round up the neighbor's cattle :P
No real critique from me.
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Okay first things first... what the heck happened?? How did he get hurt? is he hurt badly?? I'm on a need to know basis here! haha!
What i do with my horse is LOOOOOTS of transitions. Trot to walk, walk to canter, canter to jog, jog to extended posting trot, and so on. This gets him thinking, gets him working, and usually gets him to lighten up on my hands. If i ride the same trot, or the same canter for too long, then he can't hold his frame and will tend to sink in to my hands/the bit for support.
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