Rob thinks this horse jumps terrific! Click here to read the rest of the critique!
Rob thinks this mare is super careful! Click here to read the rest of the critique!
Rob thinks this rider looks good on her horse! Click here to read the rest of the critique!
Carol thinks this rider’s leg is quite good! Click here to read the rest of the critique!
Rob thinks this rider looks mostly good! Click here to read the rest of the critique!
PHOTO CREDIT: Vivian Kahl
Because we want to use the snaffle more on the corners of the mouth than on the sensitive bars, which are simply bone covered by flesh, much like the shins on our legs. Therefore wide hands can cause pain or even bruising. A wide hand position not only pushes the bit onto the sensitive bars rather than the lips but also in a traditional jointed snaffle can drive the joint of the bit up into the soft palate of the mouth. Why do people ride this way? Because doing so creates a head “set” as the horse ducks away from the pressure. This then has become a hallmark of “front to back” poor riding.
Instead learn to feel the bit through your ring finger,and be aware of keeping the direct line it creates to your elbow. Be sure your shoulders are relaxed and your elbow hangs softly bent and relaxed. These joints…shoulder, elbow, wrist, must be relaxed and supple in order to create a good contact. And the line from bit to elbow needs to stay classically correct…and if another motion, such as wrist action, needs to momentarily break the classical line, it is resumed right after the action.”
Quick sketchy painting of my friends old horse JJ!
Eventers go big or go home! Says Sandra, “Lots of reasons to love your horse:) He is jumping both fences very well and looks keen about the job. ” Plus, she thinks there’s something else that will take this rider to the next level!
Judge My Ride Ambassador and @stylemyride model @jessiedrea1 and her fantastic mare Touchable have made the British Showjumping team for WEG @Normandy2014 ! So proud of you Jess!