Please critique !!!!
something is wrong right ? i want to know ! haha this is me on my 5 yr old!:D p.s can you see the attatchment ?
You've completely lost the security of your lower leg. See how your heel has swung back? This is due to you pinching with your knee and losing the contact with your lower leg.
What you need to remember is to really sink your weight into your heels. This will help you to develop a stronger base of support. A great way to strengthen your lower legs is to do some no-stirrup work over small jumps, but if possible I suggest doing this with an older, more reliable horse if you have access to one, since I notice you say this is your 5 year-old that you're jumping in the picture.
I quite like your release and that you're looking up over the jump, however I think you need to bring your shoulders back a little bit so you're not looking quite so hunchback-of-Notre-Dame.
I actually like your possy - your legs come back a bit but I think a little more weight in it will solve that (And stop you pivoting at the knee...)
The first thing I notice is your horse does not look happy at all.
I agree with everyone about your leg swinging back, it looks like you have a death grip with your knee. I honestly think, that your seat is not strong enough to be jumping this height. Maybe you are making your horse uncomfortable, that's why he looks so angry. That's just me assuming though.
I suggest a lot of no stirrup work to strengthen up your legs.
Keep your hands up! THey've droped wayyyy to low and it almost could seem like you're trying to frame up instead of release. And, yess I agree with ErikaLynn that your horse looks very unhappy
However, to the OP, I believe if you are going to continue to use the automatic release you need to move your hands forward more. You should feel like you are following you horses mouth (kind like you are pushing a wheelbarrow; down and out). But, personally I believe for how young you horse is and your apparent skill level you should stick to the crest release. Really focus on pushing you hand into the sides of your horses crest (about halfway up the neck) to help your upper body stay stable.
Your lower leg has slipped back significantly. Your stirrups look to be the correct length. (Good job:-)) Now you just need to work on strengthening your lower leg. Think about FLEXING you ankle, sinking your weight into your heels and keeping you inner calf on. Your thigh and inner calf should be on your horse. Use your thigh to lift your body, not your stirrup and knee as you are doing here.
Once you fix your lower leg, this will significantly help your base. Your lower back is rounded, and looks like you are about to fall back into the saddle since you buttocks are too close to the saddle. This may be why your horses ears are pinned and he looks tense. Horses backs are so sensitive and we really need to make sure we do not fall back too soon.
I really like that your eyes are up! This is really important as it conveys determination and confidence as well as helps you make sure you are keeping your horse straight and you'll be ready for the next fence.
I recommend going back to lower fences and really focusing on the basics. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. Set up a small grid or a vertical and work on cantering up to it in your two-point. Really focus on your position and keeping your lower leg solid.
Also, during your flat work do a lot of work in your two point, as well as no stirrups. Make sure your lower leg doesn't swing at all gaits. Another good exercise is going from standing in your stirrups to two-point.
Hope this helps and good luck!
hi thanks for the last reply ! most helpful so far . may i ask how my horse looks unhappy? because he actually seems to LOVE being ridden ? lower leg obviously not strong enough but i dont think its EXTREMELY bad . anyway i in no way shape or form try to frame my horse up over a jump, dont really focus on it that much anyway! hahaha thanks
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