Please critique my horse, Thomas and I! (:
Please judge me and my rescue, Thomas! He has come a very long way, but I definitely know we can improve bunches. Any advice or critiques will be so helpful and don't hold back, let me know how we can improve. Thanks so much! (:
The thing that jumps out most to me about your horse is he hangs his legs dangerously and also that his hind feet are not taking off from the ground evenly. I would set up low grids and get him working where he has to learn to pick up his feet. I love how he has his ears forward and a very willing look on his face.
I am having a bit more trouble seeing you in the pictures (tiny screen mixed with far away pictures is not so good). It looks to me like you have a bit of a chicken wing going on, keep your elbows tucked in and not out to the side also keeping your thumbs on top of your hands will help with this. You are looking up and over the jump which is awesome and your back looks nice and flat. Your release could use a bit of work as it looks pretty inconsistent. In one picture you have no release at all and the other looks like your reins are flapping. Pick a spot on your horse's neck and press your knuckles into the neck so that your release is the same every time.
Yey! Someone who is letting the horse handle the jumping. You're balanced over your feet, your heels could stand to be better anchored and seem more level than down, but shortening your stirrups a hole would fix that. You're upper body is back where it should be, not jumping ahead. Sure the release is a bit inconsistent, but you've got the right idea of pressing your knuckles into the sides of the neck and just softening your elbows instead of throwing your entire upper body at it.
I also think the horse could use some work on his front end. Jumping low square oxers both alone and one vertical to an oxer in a relatively short one stride combination would help a lot.
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