Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
I have to stress that I am not a huge fan of the hunter seat, being a dressage and jumper rider. I like a more a fluid seat with a less rigid body.
What I noticed that I would like to see you work on is your lower leg. You are grabbing with your knee way too much. As a result of the tight knee, your lower leg is unable to wrap on the horse. Your lower leg can't make any constructive contact and the leg is swinging around. You need to relax the knee, wrap your lower leg enough to be able to make light contact with the inside of your upper calf. This will help keep your lower leg still and in the correct place on the horse's side.
Over fences, the lower leg is slipping back over the fence, for the same grabbing with the knee. This will tend to cause the upper body to be a little too unbalanced and will tend to topple around a bit too much.
I think it is a bit too early to use the automatic release you are using. Your upper body isn;t balanced enough to keep your hands able to follow the horse. I would have you use a crest release on either side of the horse's neck (not up on the crest) until you can fix the knee/lower leg....which will help fix the balance of the upper body. THEN you can use the auto release well.
So, you may be thinking...DANG, can;t she say something nice?
Why, yes I can. Now for the good stuff. I really think you have a lot of talent, and I LOVE your horse!! You are trying a bit too hard to look still and quiet and, if you were relaxed, would probably have looked a lot better. I think that the pair of you can go a LONG way! You both have what it takes.
Good luck and keep up the good work. Too bad you aren't near me (or maybe you are??) I would love to get my hands on you two. I might ruin you though....you might end up jumping or...GASP....eventing!!