Critique flat/jumping please
I've been so busy these last few months that I've barely ridden, but aside from feeling tired more quickly today, I felt as if I never stopped. :D
Basically, I can see that I need to pump less at the canter (working on that) I think it's become a habit and while I was trying to think about it and just let my hips follow, I started loosing my stirrups and not putting my heels down enough and so all my brain power went on fixing that. :lol: I am positive I shall fix this habit quickly enough though once I start riding regularly again. Aside from that I know I need to try and keep artus (school horse I'm riding) strait after the jump and recover more quickly after as well.
So what are your opinions? And thanks for watching. :wink:
Just a little side note. This is my first time actually jumping confidently in quite some time. I fell off twice due to a refusal in the summer at my old barn, and it took me a lot of time to recover. So needless to say I am dang proud of myself. :clap:
You are looking pretty good! I really like your posting trot and your canter; the only thing I noticed was to hold your leg a bit steadier and more solid so it doesn't move as much. I like your jumping, but you look like your going over the pommel with your pelvis a bit instead of pushing your butt back over the saddle in your 2-point. I'm glad you're feeling more confident with jumping, too, falling off is always scary. Good for you for getting back in the saddle and facing your fears =] I've been in that same situation before.
Thank you Just. I'll keep in mind what you said about the 2 point. :)
bumpity bump. :}
I also wanted to say that i went through a spell with a horse that i had previously, whom was what we called a "dirty stopper". I bought my new gelding and it has taken me nearly a year of him being honest, honest, honest, for me to finally believe that he was truly that..... honest!
So good for you, and great job!!! :-)
Hey there :)
I watched the video and from what I saw, you are right about your canter, you need to be more still, but not stiff. just stay with the horse. You also need to place your inner leg more on the horse to tell him, that he should go into working canter - only your leg asks him to move forwards, your body just moves with the movement of the horse. I know it doesnt come easy, but its easier to jump if you can sit a canter as well as possible, because in the jump you have to feel the horse and move with him as well ( i had many bad jumps just because due to stress etc I didnt feel the horse.. )
His canter is a little bit too lazy for jumping, it should be more forwards. Trot - you do a good hunter's seat, however in raising trot you could ease up a bit, not that much effort is needed - again, let the horse throw you up and sit back down.. its hard to explain but putting too much effort into trot means we become robots that just try to raise up and down on the count of two, not following the horse... the more you feel him, the easier it will be. doing changes between raising trot, sitting trot and hunters seat can help :)
The jumps looked alright. ofc there is space for improvement, but thats for everybody - grand prix jumpers dont sit perfect either :P
Dont take this critique negatively, I take into account that you havent ridden for a while, but these are just a few small things to try to keep in mind when riding. And once you get all the things "feel the horse, sit straight, heels down, inside leg, outside reign etc" in your mind at the same time, you will sit very good and succeed. and later on those things will happen automatically :):)
Keep working, dont stop!
I am glad to hear that I can help :)
Im sure that when you ride more often working on different things and combining them you will advance faster than you imagined. Take times just to work on your trot, then work on the canter, dont do all in one riding session, that will just mess up your head if you arent perfectly clear on what you are doing.
Advise is - ride 1 time just working on trot, canter for the horse to move, but dont do too much with canter. the next time your trot work should already be better, once you figured out what you are doing, and then you can start working with canter. It all depends on your learning speed :):)
I'm glad Artus loves to jump. One thing I would keep in mind and practice on him is to have more impulsion, that is, energy and movement. His canter was very, very lazy. Ask him to move out more.
A lot of refusals are due to steering (which you are working on!) and not having enough impulsion. Give your horse leg a few strides before the jump. It keeps the impulsion going.
On a side note, my friend has a dirty stopper! My horse, Rusty, used to be one too, but he grew out of it. She really has to steer and keep her leg on him and make sure she doesn't two point too early!
Hope I helped. I'm not the world's most advanced jumper, but these are a few things you might consider trying.
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