Critique Equitation on the Flat
Equitation Experts! I need tips and advice to improve my equitation for IHSA shows particularly, so any advice on smoothing out transitions, getting the feel for a new horse quickly, get noticed in a large flat class, etc, would be great. I know I need work on my sitting trot, so any advice on how to do a really nice sit trot on bouncy horses would be especially helpful.
These pictures are all from IHSA shows over the past semester. For those who don't know, IHSA is college horse showing where you literally pick a horse from a hat, and when it's your turn you must immediately mount the horse and get in the ring. You have absolutely no warm-up to figure the horse out and you are being judged the moment you step into the ring. In novice flat, they typically ask you to walk, trot, sit trot, and canter both directions.
I actually did win my class on this horse (only time I have ever won an equitation flat class)
I tend to drop to inside shoulder; advice on stopping that?
I placed 4th in this class:
I think these next three may have been sitting trot:
Here is a video of my posting and sitting trot from the show yesterday; I placed third. I'm not sure if the video will work since it's on face book but it's worth a try. I'm on the chestnut draft-type horse, number 331.
I don't know much about eq. All I can see it you drop your left shoulder when traveling in that direction. Overall you look relaxed, your contact is good with a nice straight line to the bit more on the first horse than the second. I have a feeling you like to pull back when the horse starts to fight you looking at those pics on the darker horse. Raise your hands up a hair to that nice straight line, take up that slack and think softer elbows. Love your heels, wish I had them.
must be some stiff competittion, becuase your position is DARN GOOD!
I'm with Tiny. Pretty cute equitation. What I can pick out is that you do drop your shoulder on the turn (you are leaning into it). At the canter your lower leg tends to slide forward a bit, probably the longer you are cantering and you get tired.
Pretty darn cute though...
Thanks for the critiques... not to be arrogant here, but I kind of feel the same way as tiny and farmpony! Looking at the pictures, I'm just not seeing what's so wrong with my equitation. When I tell people I got third or fourth (or did not place, like I did at one show), they are honestly surprised. I do see the dropping shoulder, so any tips on keeping my shoulders even? And I really think it must be my sitting trot that's causing so much trouble. Do you guys have any tips for riding a very nice sitting trot?
I think in the fifth picture is where you get your sloppiest. In that picture you'll see your lower leg has really drifted forward and your shoulder is dropped. You also look a little slouchy.
The thing that you have to remember is the judge may only look at you for a moment. If that was your moment she may have marked you down. Also, you can't see transitions in the photos. Are your upward and downward transitions sloppy or clean? Also, how often do you look down?
My looking at those photos shows me a girl with some cute equation but because they are photos, I don't see every flaw...
I don't know how big the classes you ride in are but where I show... third or fourth would be a pretty good deal for me!
My upward transitions are usually okay, but I think I may get pulled forward sometimes in the downward ones? Tips for smooth transitions would be helpful! I don't look down; I can feel leads and diagonals without having to look :) As for class size... biggest I ever rode in was 8 or 9 (didn't place in that one), but there's usually only 6 or 7.
HALF SEAT!!!! My pet peeve is when people do full seat. Do ur to point or just push the weight in ur heels and stand a bit with your behind skimming the saddle. It looks much better. Your heels are decent. Overall your great !
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