Myself and Battle Life. Maclay Class Feb 1976 Suffolk Farms , Bayport , N.Y.
#Repost @judgemyrideofficial with @get_repost ・・・ Hello Sara !!! Yes Please !! I'm thinking this is a catch ride for you and you are doing a great job allowing this pony to stand out due to the fact that you are rock solid with a classic position. I see riders in the hunter ring doing all sorts of gymnastics ( as that convinces anybody who knows anything that they are in fact on some powerfully jumping creature ) !! I much prefer your style ( quiet and understated ) In that way one can appreciate your pony ,rather than marvel how the jockey manages to get back in the saddle on the landing !!!! This pony looks to be a little strong .and you are doing a nice job containing him in the air . Your short crest release is perfectly executed .I don't mind seeing a pony with a little motor . Over time I'm sure you will settle him in to his likely career , taking a child around in the pony division . Keep doing what you're doing .I'd always prefer to see a work in progress than something that has been perfect prepped and dumbed down until it' s half asleep meandering down the lines ,even as it's expected to jerk his knees over his eyes at the jumps . That never on the menu in my book. I like what you are doing a lot !!! Guest Judged by Kevin McGinn
#Repost @judgemyrideofficial with @get_repost ・・・ Hi Ryley. Thanks for sending this in to Judge my Ride !! What a nice horse !!! Everything seems pretty well much in order. I’d just suggest schooling over 3 dimensional obstacles , oxers even when set lower than this will keep your horse confident and sharpen his technique . He’s not challenged sufficiently by this vertical . It’s best to jump less frequently and set more challenging things. This will keep your horse both enthusiastic and sharp. You’re clearly no beginner so I can say this. Most times I advise riders to “ keep things simple “. My instinct here tell me you need to stretch and challenge yourself a bit. I realize you’re stuck indoors bc of the season , it’s best to have less jumps in the ring , but the type and placement can keep you sharp and creative in confined spaces. Remember this is simply a “ hunch “ based on one moment in time. So take this from the perspective of a “ snapshot”. So apply what’s useful and skip the rest. Beyond that , you could have s little stronger base . This can be approached 2 ways . You can drill basic exercises until it’s better when you jump. Or you can set jumps and exercises that demand that you drill down into your base of support as a product of the need to stay centered . As in most things in life , there are more ways to skin a cat !!! Try Both approaches . Mix things up !!! Have fun Guest Judged by Kevin McGinn
#Repost @judgemyrideofficial with @get_repost ・・・ “Hi Elizabeth!! This is a gorgeous Pony. He had a beautiful style. He’s well suited for a child rider , great with his legs but a bit flattish through his back , allowing you to stay still in the air , rather than being jumped loose by a thrusty jump. I’d suggest raising your irons one hole to facilitate a natural closure of your hip hinge , rather than tipping ahead of the pommel and depending on the crest quite so much. My preference tends toward a more active set of angles and in general I feel most kids ride a bit long. I have to commend your trainer for teaching you how to turn out to show. Your pony is immaculate, and you have gone the extra mile with your meticulous turn out personally. I bring this up , because whether you are showing or riding at home , proof of the riders respect for the horse and for the sport in general can be seen in their presentation. I’m not referring to expensive equipment. I’m talking about a clean pony in hood condition clean clothes , hair managed , boots shined and a clean shirt go a long long way with me . Presentation always signals preparation. As I tell my students , I’ve never seen a well trained horse being ridden by a sloppily turned out rider. It’s a complete package .Mentally , physically and technically each aspect contributes to the others. Very Nice !!” Guest Judged by Kevin McGinn
Preach !! Brother Preach!!
You have to tailor your flatwork to fit each particular horse’s temperament and body type for an optimal result. Do What Works , Don’t get stuck on one technique!!
Back to work after week of wind and rain.
#Repost @judgemyrideofficial with @get_repost ・・・ Hi Em . Not bad ...I'm gonna guess not your collective best effort .Your basic position implies more collective experience that I see here .This is what I'd do.I generally try to jump many more ( square or squarish ) oxers ,rather than verticals ,as they simply demand a better effort. I'd also set my vertical with a nice stout rail as the top element to save your filler as those rails are not very sturdy and likely rather expensive .!! You arrived here a bit flat and dead in your gallop ,producing a long and weak jump .I'm inclined ( and I rarely say this ) to get you to up your game .This all looks stale .My instinct is you are starved for a challenge .Assuming your horse is sound enough,I'd say you could both need an eye opener .You BOTH look capable of better and BOTH look rather underwhelmed !! I am the king of telling people to go back to basics and jump smaller and less .I have the opposite feeling here . I think you both are long due for a thrill .If you ( and your trainer ) feel you are down for some challenge work in some bigger wider jumps .Use a set up vertical ,if your eye is shaky . Maybe enter some small jumper class at a local show .It looks like you are :playing safe I always say Safety First ...but chronic CAUTION is the death of progress .!!! I hope that rings a bell ! Guest Judged by Kevin McGinn
#Repost @judgemyrideofficial with @get_repost ・・・ Hi Heather !! I like this a lot .You have an EZ Breezy look and while you are totally in the ballpark w your position ,you don't have that stiff unfeeling rigid look ,that comes from bad instruction where the emphasis is too much on How do I look ?? and not nearly enough on the basic mechanics of the horse and How do I get this done ? which of course is the most crucial question for horse/rider . You're a bit in front of the pommel .A deeper heel and a slower upper body will fix that .The take off moment should be your laziest moment of the day .Too many riders race up the neck .Your horse jumps very very well ,so just be still and let him show off !!! Guest Judged by Kevin McGinn @heather_johannessen