Here It Is!
Critique On The Course
Her opening circle was nice. He kept a nice pace and was carrying himself fairily well. Tic-Toc always wants to be on the forehand. That is a correction that we are working on with him all the time. His hind end was engaged, he was lifting his back and they had a nice connection. He was almost in a frame.
Amelia rode the first line well. You will notice T.T was a little wiggly and dropped on his forehand again in between the two jumps. Amelia really kept her leg on him. Though she may have looked a bit heavy-handed, she was attempting to get him to get off his forehand. He was fussing with her about it. Which I think made the second jump in the line look a little sketchy.
She did a nice job to slow him to a balanced trot through the mucky corner. My favorite part was that you could watch her prepare him for the next jump. Getting his hind end engaged and trying to get him to lift and lighten his front end. It paid off, they had a lovely jump over the little vertical on the diagonal and since Amelia rode him well and prepared him for it, he got a nice distance and easily stepped off on the correct lead on the landing side.
I loved the way she used the long canter to the last line to really work on balancing the canter. Though I understand why she slowed to trot in the mucky corner. It is a shame he didn’t pick up the correct lead for the final line. I think he would have been more easily balanced and lighter, helping him to jump a lot better!
So Which Ride Was Best?
Well, that is certainly not a black and white sort of question. If I was a horse show judge her round on Marley was the smoothest. They looked the most connected as a pair. I have the advantage of being her trainer. So I know Marley is a much more experienced horse. Also that she has been on him more than the other two.
Amelia had a decent ride on Ruby. She did her best on a green horse that she hasn’t ridden as often. Ruby is a super nice and athletic horse. She is still green over fences and has not learned to be adjustable yet. I think it would only take them a few more rides together forAmelia to put in a much nicer round on her.
My favorite ride she did was on Tic-Toc. Though it wasn’t perfect. She rode the whole course remaining focused on his main training issue right now. Which is being heavy on the forehand. Her corrections were good and she managed to keep her position correct most of the time as she made them. That canter down the long side (before she got to the mucky lower part) is what I was most impressed with her ride on Tic Toc. The combination of the seat, hand, and leg she used was just right. I think that may have been one of the nicest canters I have seen out of him.
Three Very Different Rides
Amelia had three respectable rides on three very different horses. I was impressed and proud of her. She is my working student. Her skills improving, and ability to give a variety of horses a good ride is extra important to me.
Amelia did a fabulous job on Sunday! Tomorrow we move on to one of the other girls in the clinic. They all started and did the beginning of the clinic on one horse. Then I threw them through them for a loop at the end and had them switch horses. They all learned a lot from it and we can all learn by analyzing their rides.