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  • Critique pleasee

    Sorry for yet another critique, but i need it haha. This is my second show this year, first one was my first "real" show, because before i had only done a couple of flat classes. I've been riding english for...9 months or so??? So please, tear me apart. =) Point out anything and everything, except for the horse. I don't own him, and he's a good boy lol.


    In this one i feel like i wasn't releasing enough, because i lost my base a bit.

    Jumping ahead?? I was definitely having problems with that that day, i got ditched off a pony twice because of it haha. poor thing just couldn't handle my weight AND being forward and so she stopped.

    eek! forward much??



    It looks almost like i'm attempting an automatic release, but that was supposed to be a crest release.

    Think this was one of the 3' courses. The highest i've schooled is 3'9 i think, but 3' is the highest i've showed. Which isn't bad i guess..i've been riding english less than a year..more like 9 months

    I was the brave cookie and went in the medallion first haha. flirt.gif

    Please point out everything. =) thanks!!!

    ETA: Links are fixed i think
    Last edited by Aerial; Apr. 22, 2009, 08:01 PM.

  • #2
    none of the links work!

    atleast for me they dont! sorry


    • #3
      They don't work for me either.


      • Original Poster

        links should be fixed. Thanks guys =)


        • #5
          Overall you look really good. Over fences, your hips are a bit forward (over the pomel) instead of over or just behind the center of the saddle. The last picture is a good example of closing your hip angle properly and sliding your butt back.

          In both over fences and the flat shot, your reins are too long to be effective.

          Also, on the flat, work on bringing your shoulders back, opening your chest, and keeping your hands forward. Even when you are riding out of the saddle on corners, you still want to be tall- not leaning forward.


          • Original Poster

            I think i tend to not close my hip angle over the lower fences and then 3' and above i tend to do it properly.

            Are you saying i'm not releasing enough or do you think i just don't have enough control with that rein?? I have bigger problems with my shoulders being forward if i tighten my rein, and the horse gets fussy because i also tend to get a vice grip on him if i tighten.


            • #7
              You've only been riding for 9(ish... lol) months.... and are already doing 3' courses!

              BRAVO! Your position is nice, but will only get better the longer you ride so just keep it up. Most people take years in order to even get above 2' so good for you.

              I agree tho... just open yourself up a bit more, and you'll be fine


              • #8
                You've only been riding English for about 9 months, and your trainer let's you school 3'9"? Oy.


                • #9
                  No critique, but hey!!! we were at the same show!! lol small world!
                  let me know what other saint louis area shows you will be at so I can say hi! I'm assuming you live in st. louis because that was a small schooling show so yeah...
                  I LOVE your coat btw! color looks fantastic with your horse. Oh, and I think your position looks BEST at the last pic with the 3' medallion class. explain that to me!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by HARROLDhasmyheart View Post
                    You've only been riding English for about 9 months, and your trainer let's you school 3'9"? Oy.


                    • Original Poster

                      lol try not to say anything about the trainer or the horse. Horse is trainer's.

                      Ya she let me school that once or twice. That's not usually what we school but i have schooled that. I think what I've normally been schooling is... eh, 3'2" or something?? i don't know lol.
                      lol saitou- i actually don't live in st louis, i'm in the springfield area, but they don't have much in the way of shows down here, so we have been going to the ones at NEC. Right now i'm not sure which ones i'll be going to but i'll let you know. =)

                      um so is that bad that i've school 3'9?? I'm getting negative and positive vibes from that lol.

                      Thanks guys!!!


                      • Original Poster

                        oh and saitou- thanks for the coat compliment!! It's actually my trainer's haha. Previously i had just shown in polo shirts, but she brought out a huge rack of coats and told me to try them on =)


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Aerial View Post
                          um so is that bad that i've school 3'9?? I'm getting negative and positive vibes from that lol.
                          I think what some people may be thinking is that you've only been riding English for nine months, so it seems like you've skipped over a lot of the basics and just went right for the high fences. Just the way I see it, but I spent the first year I learned to jump only trotting fences. Not my idea of fun, but it sure did make me feel solid.


                          • #14
                            I just wanted to add, that to make a nicer looking picture you should braid your horse's mane. You guys make a nice picture but the flying mane takes a lot away from it.

                            I always braid even for schooling shows. Makes you and the horse look great, and shows respect to the judge as well I find.

                            With in the 1 st year of my serious lessons, I was schooling 3'9, and jumped up to 4'3-4'6. But I also rode many horses everyday, and had at the min of 3 lessons a week. And basics were drilled into me, my coach was very big on dressage and even bigger on basics. Without working on those there was no jumps allowed.


                            • #15

                              Does it look like she's catching the horse in the mouth just a wee bit? Just asking.
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                              • #16
                                Your turnout is really nice except for your hair. Have someone show you how to use a hairnet so you can get all your hair under your helmet.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Jsalem View Post
                                  Your turnout is really nice except for your hair. Have someone show you how to use a hairnet so you can get all your hair under your helmet.
                                  Ditto, and if you can't find someone to show you, just do a search on here for "hunter hair". Plenty of people have given instructions for how to do nice hair.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    I have a huge amount of hair..long and thick, it won't fit under my helmet.

                                    Keep them coming guys!! I don't know whether I was catching him in the mouth or not, but i'll be extra careful . Oh ya and in the summer I ride about 15x a week, and right now 1x lesson a week.


                                    • #19
                                      Not bad at all...you already know you get ahead-and the consequences when you become a lawn dart. Remember I never comment on most of these, only the ones that are promising.

                                      Overall...don't even think about auto release, you need to think about protecting your horse's mouth. I don't see any solid releases here, by that I mean your body anchored in the heels and leg, seat and hands working independently. You are not anchored in your heel and not independent in leg, seat and hand yet so you are releasing, or trying to, by standing in the irons and pushing your whole body forward. That's why you came off twice, it is a very weak position. Very common too.

                                      I think you are rushing here and need to go back to the basics. Get that heel down, don't stand and push your body forward off your toes. Until you master that, you need to do a PROPER crest release to stabilize your upper body and protect the horse.

                                      The classic cure is low grids with no stirrups advancing to no stirrups and no hands. Lunging over little fences with no stirrups and no hands. Two Point at the trot with NO STIRRUPS-that one is a killer. Lots and lots of time in two point WITH stirrups, mostly at the trot-that's pretty unpleasant as well.

                                      But you have to get this done on the flat and over low fences before you start jumping 3' and up. For one thing, you are going to get hurt. For another, these are nice horses and you risk getting them stopping, it scares them when you come off all the time. Does them no good at all.

                                      You'll get there, just lay a better foundation.
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                                      • #20
                                        I think you're doing great!
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