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Hi everyone :)

I have been back in the saddle for a little while longer now after my injury and I have some recent photo's to be critiqued..

Riding my green 3 year old all 16.2hh of him..

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Schooling a young 14hh Galloway for a future jumping career
 

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I'm no expert by any means, but i think you look fantastic!

My one thing would be to maybe give a little bit more release over the jump!
 

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Your big baby is gorgeous :) Your position at trot is impeccable. The only thing I could possibly say, and I say this knowing full well that the photo is just one moment in time, is that your hands could be feeling a bit more giving and feeling forward, to allow more telescoping of the neck (he is a bit behind the vertical-not the worst sin in my book as long as it is only occasional, but something we don't want to encourage in babies). He is also a bit short in the photo (isn't tracking up), so I'd be encouraging a more powerful forward trot as his balance allows.

The jumping photo shows very short reins with a crest release. You are standing a bit in your stirrups. I'd like to see your body with more angulation - did you possibly get a bit left? Or was he very strong to the fence? The photo gives the impression of holding, though the pony is quite tidy over the spread with a nice bascule, which I think might improve with a longer release.

You are a lovely rider with 2 very nice mounts :)
 

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Wow Thanks guys for the compliment! :) regarding the tracking up he actually was as you can see his other 2 feet are buried in the grass. I was unable to give him more rein as he was anticipating bolting due to it being his first ever outing under saddle. He was quite full of himself and a little naughty although he did eventually settle down after a little while the silly boy. I'll attach another photo of a different moment in time regarding rein length)

The pony is not mine I am just educating for a friend as she can be a bit of a handful for the kids. She does try and dump you from time to time lol. I was always taught not to throw me weight forward (I once did) and to keep my self centred over the jump (if that makes sense) not
to unbalance the horse by being too far forward. But then again different instructors have different opinions I guess. It is so much easier to jump a horse then a pony especially with me being almost 5'10. Haha

Thanks so much for taking the time everyone :)
I also attached a horrible photo of him completely over bent due to the rain coming down sidewards into his face.. He was not impressed lol
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Your big baby is gorgeous :) Your position at trot is impeccable. The only thing I could possibly say, and I say this knowing full well that the photo is just one moment in time, is that your hands could be feeling a bit more giving and feeling forward, to allow more telescoping of the neck (he is a bit behind the vertical-not the worst sin in my book as long as it is only occasional, but something we don't want to encourage in babies). He is also a bit short in the photo (isn't tracking up), so I'd be encouraging a more powerful forward trot as his balance allows.

The jumping photo shows very short reins with a crest release. You are standing a bit in your stirrups. I'd like to see your body with more angulation - did you possibly get a bit left? Or was he very strong to the fence? The photo gives the impression of holding, though the pony is quite tidy over the spread with a nice bascule, which I think might improve with a longer release.

You are a lovely rider with 2 very nice mounts :)
this is EXACTLY what I was thinking. and, I can just imagine that at that moment, you had a bit more abdominal engagement, and a bit more firmness of hand, and now I know why. I would be thrilled to have a seat half as good as you have!
 

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this is EXACTLY what I was thinking. and, I can just imagine that at that moment, you had a bit more abdominal engagement, and a bit more firmness of hand, and now I know why. I would be thrilled to have a seat half as good as you have!
Thank you too :) My hands are a working progress, I rode track work for almost 3 years riding 10+ race horses a day until I had a fall 12 months ago damaging my neck (I was momentarily paralysed) finally back in the saddle and have been for about 6 months now. My shoulders have only just stopped rolling forward which I am happy about.

Another older jumping photo around 3'3
 

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Wow Thanks guys for the compliment! :) regarding the tracking up he actually was as you can see his other 2 feet are buried in the grass. I was unable to give him more rein as he was anticipating bolting due to it being his first ever outing under saddle. He was quite full of himself and a little naughty although he did eventually settle down after a little while the silly boy. I'll attach another photo of a different moment in time regarding rein length)

The pony is not mine I am just educating for a friend as she can be a bit of a handful for the kids. She does try and dump you from time to time lol. I was always taught not to throw me weight forward (I once did) and to keep my self centred over the jump (if that makes sense) not
to unbalance the horse by being too far forward. But then again different instructors have different opinions I guess. It is so much easier to jump a horse then a pony especially with me being almost 5'10. Haha

Thanks so much for taking the time everyone :)
I also attached a horrible photo of him completely over bent due to the rain coming down sidewards into his face.. He was not impressed lol
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Ah, now I see that blasted rain! Even so, you maintain a lovely and very correct position. Congratulations for overcoming such scary physical trauma. You look very centered and strong yet fluid:)
 

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One other thing - you could pull yours shoulders back just a little (dressage).

That pony has fantastic form!
 
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