Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Northern Michigan, USA
• Horses: 0
Good for you! My first show with a new horse I actually held on to the front of the saddle (and it was English, mind you) the entire time cantering. Looks like this went well!
-You are looking up and where you want to go!
-You have very good legs, and are sitting very nicely in the saddle (though the first one looks funky to me...were you posting the trot or anything? It just seems like you're standing up or some how raised up. That's the only photo I see it in.)
-Your horse looks fantastic! Especially that trot!
- HELMET!! YAY!!
The big thing is that you do look nervous. In the first and third photo, you look to be bracing on your hands, as a result it looks like you are pulling on the horse's mouth. In the third photo, you look really tense. I think once you get used to showing (if you continue to) all of these problems will go away.
Some things to consider if you plan on showing more, past schooling shows:
- Your horse's bit and the way you hold your reins. If the horse is over the age of 5, you can't use that bit. You would have to switch to a curb bit and teach the horse to neck rein; when you show, you only can use one hand if the horse is over that age. (Unless of course you switch to English!) If you're interested in learning to neck rein, people on the forum (myself included!) would be more than willing to give you the basics.
- Look into a pad more suitable for showing. For what you're doing here, what you guys are wearing is great. But if you were to do a bigger show, you may want to look into something else. Just a plain black pad will do; it doesn't need to be fancy, but it helps smooth out the overall picture.
I don't want to stress you out with the tack issues, especially if you are just sticking to schooling shows you are doing great!! Just some insight. :)