Preparing for first competition.
I can not believe we have come so far since January next month will see Armas entered in to his first local SJ club competition. We are entering it to see how he will perform and its smaller jumps than he is currently capable of.
Yesterday was a lousy day pouring with rain this is a video of yesterdays action and preparation for the upcoming competition. I think given the wind & rain he performed very well.
Not sure what you are looking for. Are you working for a critique on the video? I don't know where you were in Jan so I dont have anything to compare it to.
However I will say you are much braver that I am riding a light colored horse in the mud. I would not want to deal with that after math. And having to clean tack afterwards, pfft leave me out. :wink:
I watch all of your videos here and even follow you on Facebook. I didn't realize you were looking for feedback, since your trainer seems to be doing a good job with you and Armas. Good luck at next month's competition and I hope you post your rounds on youtube and share them here.
I will post an up date on the competition. I am so excited :-)
I don't have any direct critiques of your horse, but I would like to see you with QUIET hands (with your hands flopping all over the place you are giving lots of mixed signals and yanking on his mouth), and really stepping into your outside leg through your corners and circles, so you aren't leaning to the inside. That will help him balance, the quiet hands will help him soften and become more responsive. When you approach a few of the jumps you get tense and hunch over in your saddle, relax and try not to get ahead of the motion, perhaps try staying a bit lighter in the saddle rather than sitting down too hard on his back. Get your outside leg on after the jump (especially the verticals) to keep him from bulging out, and get a smoother corner.
I know you were mostly looking for feedback on your horse, but everything you do as a rider has a direct effect on your mount.
I think the horse is a great little jumper-so willing! I, too see very busy hands, posting a bit exaggerated, & nearly hitting the back of the saddle after one of the jumps. Do not envy you the cleaning job you had after this session! You have time to work on these issues-good luck at the show!
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