Simple Line--Please critique me!!
Hey everyone! This is from a show a while back and I'm not sure if I've posted this video from a while back so I'm sorry if its a repeat! :)
If you can please critique my position and how the horse is traveling? Thank you!
Let me know if the video doesn't work!
You look good to the first fence. It looks like you may have jumped ahead on the second fence or were riding in 2-point to it. When you're hand galloping (I'm saying this assuming it's a normal Hunter Hack pattern), you want to be in your half seat with your hands a bit up on the neck (like you would when galloping). In the vid it looks like your pinching with your knees through the hand gallop and pitched a bit forward because your hands are down.
Half-halts are your friend in a hunter hack class. Prepare your horse for the stop and back.
Very nice horse, your jumps were beautiful. You definately need to work on your halt, though :) I didn't expect that after the horse had traveled around so nicely (to be honest). Everything else was nice.
Your overall design of position is good, but what I really noticed in your opening circle is that your lower leg moves a little, and that you need to work on *softly* following the canter with your seat. It looks like you understand the motion and how to follow, but that you're a little too active, driving or pushing with your seat rather than just following. That may also contribute to the lower leg moving. I suspect if you figured out the softer seat, your leg would stay quiet. Your horse looks like he's probably bumpy/difficult to sit.
Your position in the air over the first fence looked quite good, couldn't tell about the second.
Cute horse, but he looks like he can get a little strong. Really resisted the aids at the halt at the end. I'm not a huge fan of Kimberwicke bits, but understand they're fairly common at QH shows. I'd rather see a pelham than a Kimberwicke, because at least then you have the discretion of how much curb to use.
Thank you everybody for your comments!
MudPaint--Yes, we had to do a hand gallop after the line of fences. I'll keep in mind putting my hands farther up the neck. I just thought you had to get into two point!
ImagineThat--Thank you! Yeah, I also didn't think she would do that. She normally does beautiful stops! Must of been my nerves. It was my first time showing jumping!
Maura--Yes, I had to spend a lot of time working on her canter. Before I rode her, she was ridden western and had a very short, choppy, back-killing "lope". I had to spend a lot of time opening her up and let her legs go. That is part of the reason I moved around a lot. I was also very nervous about my ride and I think nerves made me very stiff. :( Thank you for the comment about my position over the jump. I used to jump ahead horribly! Also I had a question. My trainer had said that I had "cheated" to win the class by sitting on her back. I guess referring that I should of stayed in two point the entire time?? I thought that didn't matter?
Sorry, I am not familiar with the judging conventions for QH shows, so I really can't comment on your trainer's "cheating" reference.
As far as USEF hunters, the ideal is that a rider stay in two point while the horse maintains a relaxed forward pace with only minimal adjustments; but you'll see lots of hunter riders sit down in a line to either ****** the stride or open it up to make the distance work; you'll also see a lot of hunter riders sit in the corners to rebalance for the flying change or for the next line.
Ahh. Okay. Thank you though! I guess I'll have to keep that in mind when it comes to hunters!
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