Critique Me and My Mare?
Personally, I think Vanna and I have gotten so much better since the beginning on summer. I just thought to ask here. I know neither of us are perfect and I'm perfectly okay with that. I just started jumping her for the fun of it. If you want to see older pictures to compare, you can just look through all of them on my Facebook.
Video of us jumping ---> Oct 28, 2012 10:13 AM | Facebook
Drop your stirrups down a hole or 2, roll your shoulder back and sit up straight, and there seems to be too much bend in your arm =) you guys look pretty good together keep it up =)
It looks like you are riding hunt seat in a Western saddle. Which do you wish to be critiqued on? jumping? or riding Western?
A lot of people just told me to shorten my stirrups, so I did. I post the best with them that length. I only lean forward a bit when I post. When I walk and canter without jumping I sit up straight.
I ride half English and half Western, so whichever. I also barrel race her, so it switches on and off.
It is hard to capture "everything" in photos (vs videos), but you seem to ride too forward. From the photos here, I would predict that if your beautiful horse made a hard stop you would be put way out of balance.
And, agian, from photos taken in a split second of time it is hard to know what the "reality" is, but your horse's head carraige does not appear at all collected in the first small photo.
Lengthen your stirrups. Like two holes! You're riding western, girl! ;)
You look well balanced, though. But you look like you're riding English in a western saddle. :lol:
I really wouldn't be jumping a whole lot in a western saddle, but since you said you ride both I assume you usually jump in your English saddle? And with jumps that little you should be fine, but don't go any bigger in that saddle. It really sucks when your horse over jumps and you get a saddle horn to the stomach! (I know from experience)! Plus you can't get a proper two-point in.
I like your horse! I wanna see some more jumping pics too! :)
Yeah i agree drop those stirrups you look like you are leaning forward because your legs are hiked up jockey style pushing you into and unnatural position. :)
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Alright. There's no law that says you can't post or jump in a western saddle. And I like my stirrups on the short side when I ride Western, too. However, you look a bit like not only are they too short, but you might be gripping up wiht your calf and heel. It just looks like you ahve the back of you calf snugged in tight against your horse, and she's a tad irked about it.
I think riding some with a longer stirrup and less lower leg , more riding off your seat , will help you.
I ride in short stirrups western and I post, but jeesh! Stirrups that short hurt my knees just looking at them! One or two holes will benefit you a ton!
You all literally helped so much. Two of my friends that ride at the same barn told me I really needed to shorten them, so I caved in and did. Before that, they were a hole longer. It's easier to post from that length, but it's hard to do anything else. I'll definitely loosen them. I'm only jumping her now for fun and to keep ourselves busy until the spring. In the spring, it's back to barrel racing. II'm moving barns next month and will have a lot more room to practice.
*This is what my stirrups looked like before. My heels could be further down, I'm still working on it. I'm only recently breaking the habit of not having them down.
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