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Okay so this is me jumping I stopped riding for about a month due to cold weather and time change. I also changed barn facilitys because my previous trainer was teaching me all wrong so I requested my new trainer to get me back to basics. Here is what I have learned so far wait for the motion of the horse of course I knew that all along but my previous trainer would have me reach way up the horses neck yayadayada. I was in one dangerous situation and I can show you videos to show you it was not good.
Anyways I have only taken two lessons with this new trainer since switching my lessons to Monday nights to Saturday mornings, the trainer I had ridden with on Mondays requested her due a time change,weather change and my work scedule that I go with this trainer and I must say shes fab.
Now onto my riding history I started when I was 7 riding camps, western riding then started taking english lessons about a year later after taking lessons I got my first horse. Shes now my pasture retired beasty who I love so much and wish she did not have to be retired but thats a horse for ya:wink: My trainer I had when I first started riding with was amazing and I loved her but it was some issues that I had to stop riding with her, I went to another barn for about 3 years until I realized that trainer was just the biggest biotch and I couldn't stay another day without grunging and getting upset. so now here I am with this new trainer and amazing horse.
I will say that I see some major changes in my riding since being with this new barn, and with two trainers they have shown me a lot. the trainner I rode with on Mondays I rode with since the end of September of last year so I have been riding this mare I am on for quit sometime. She does have a head toss issue but thats due to attitude and the cold weather and me not having as soft hands as I should have.
Anyways have at it on my jumping video I see lots of things that need to be fixed, heels need to be more down, I need to wait for the motion of the horse I see myself getting a head 1-2 strides to soon.
If anyone else sees anything please feel free :) Don't critique the mare just me.
Ok here is what I see:
Your hands look like they are clasped in front of you and not loose and moving. Due to that, your reins don't remain in contact with your horse and go from loose to tight to loose. I'd move your elbows back a few inches so they rest near your ribs and tighten the reins. Move your hands with the rhythm of the horse's mouth. forward, back, forward, back, to keep the contact with him.
Also I realize that the jumps are super low (which is good, you are re-learning so always start low) but regardless, you always, always want to give your your a release over the jump. You don't need your hands way up by his ears, but just enough so that he can have his head over the jump. You'll need this when jumping bigger jumps. For now, just do a small crest release and move your hands maybe up an inch or two over the jump. That inch or two will increase up more as the jumps get bigger.
Keep your heels down more. This is going to help you with bigger jumps too. When your two-point, think "Butt back, hands forward, heels down" and balance your weight in your heels.
Your transitions are really good, up until like the last 5 seconds of the video. Your trot to canter to trot very smoothly. Looks good. But in the last one you almost fall onto your horse's neck. Maybe it was to abrupt. When transitioning down, Keep your back straight and up. use your lower body to stay on-thighs and calves in contact, sitting deep in the saddle.
good job knowing your old trainer was bad for you! I know what that is like, been there! I commend you! Keep up the riding and happy trails!
I don't have a detailed critique as the above person did. But, in concordance with what she said, you think that in order for you to do these things, you need to have a more solid lower leg. I can see it moveing all over the saddle flap. Does you instructor have you work on that? Lower leg stability?
Don't lean at your fence. It's the #1 way to get thrown into the dirt when your horse slams on the breaks.
As said before, its the completely stiff hands, that are not with the horse and arent keeping any contact with the horse - which it needs to work better.
You are posting on the wrong leg in trot, a thing to keep in mind,
Your heels need to go down, the leg didnt look that bad to me, i suppose if you get your heels down it will stay more still.
Jewels- you take critque really well! I know you posted asking for help, but it is really hard to listen to people telling you you are doing alot wrong. I've seen people get really offended. Good job!
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