This was my first big horse show out of state with Dublin and we have only had him since October. Please critique my riding and Dublin's jumping. Be as harsh as needed!
you look a little left behind on the first pic, but other then that drop your sturrips by a hole or 2, just wondering in the first pic your ridding with a elevator bit but in the last few pic's your in a full cheak snaffle
Oh yeah...sorry I didn't explain this ... my trainer brought me her horses bridle and told me to use it on him for my jumper classes. She thought that since he is part percheron I needed the extra control and such to make the roll-backs a bit easier,but I used my regular bridle (Full cheek bit-Dewsbury Waterford) on him for my Equitiation classes..
Dublin is quite beautiful!
Please correct me if I don't seem to make sense with your situation...In a couple of the equitation photos, you/Dublin appear to be jumping off to your right side of the jump. For equitation, shouldn't your be coming in and out pretty straight through the center of the jump??
Also, in a couple of the photos, when you are in between jumps, you appear to be leaning just a bit to one side, or a bit forward...again, I am not sure where these photos are taken (approach, just after landing, etc.), and how appropriate/inappropriate your leaning is for the situation.
In your last photo, while you are over the jump, you appear to be looking in another direction (possibly to the next jump)? Just curious? Is this okay in equitation classes? Or should you begin your landing before looking? (I myself have not jumped in a long while, and am going off general knowledge and the critiques given to the rider of my gelding).
Again, I don't know the situation of you and your horse, but is Dublin wanting to stretch out his neck at all over the jumps? Is your contact in the position that his head/neck is taking over the jumps or is he being restricted? I am mostly referring to the first photo - possibly this appearance is related to being left behind as Kansas_Twister suggested?
You are a lovely pair :)
totally agree AKPaintLover
Ah yes my all dreaded leaning habit it is a habit that was taught to me by my dressage/wannabe jumper teacher...which is a habit I am still trying to break.(grrr to my dressage teacher) On my equitation courses.. again he is a very big bulky guy so it tried to get him more torwards the middle but that was the one jump we never seemed to get exactly our striding was right and all but he drifted in that picture. Also the day before my tranier had schooled me in a completely new bridle w/ double reins and a elevator bit , but on the show day she took off one rein which confused me a bit at first ... the first picture was our first jump and yes I did accidently hit him in the mouth.... :cry: ....
Thanks for all the comments guys!
it is confusing ridding with a curb rain too, it took me a while to get use to it on my last mare, ( abby my 3 year old rides on a hackamore), the other thing i've notice and i know it's another hard habit to brake, but it's seem's that you mouth is open in all the pic's....i had a teacher that i drove nuts every time i did that....
Ahhh...... :lol: that is definately my worst habit... I HAVE To break that...lol
Your horse is beautiful!
Best of luck!
Thank for the advice everyone!
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