Describe the major strengths of the performance in relation to skills, tactics and fitness I have analysed Emily’s performance and can see she her main skill is her position and balance on the flat in between jumps. Her spine is extended, and her shoulders are back, which keeps her from leaning too far forwards in the saddle. The biceps brachii creates flexion at the elbow at a right angle to the body and her hands are holding the reins with the thumbs on top, allowing the rein when the horses head moves forwards. The biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus create flexion at the knee, and molly has her heels down, creating plantar flexion. Her leg is placed just behind the girth, keeping her from leaning too far back. Just how the technical model suggests. By having this good position, it ensures molly is balanced, as she has her weight evenly distributed to the left and right of the horse, and to the front and back.
Describe the major weaknesses of the performance in relation to skills, tactics and fitness. Emily’s weaknesses in her skill of show jumping are her position and balance over the fence. Sometimes not flexing her spine and extending at the elbows enough to shift the centre of balance forward, so the horse can stretch and get over the jump. And sometimes she flexes the spine too much unbalancing the horse over the fence. The technical model suggests the rider should have slightly extended knees, so she is standing in the stirrups, bending forward and extending the elbows to allow the horse to jump easily. Leaning too far forwards can lead to the horse knocking a pole off with the front hooves, and too far backwards could mean a knockdown with the back hooves. If Emily were to improve her position over jumps, she would get much more consistent clear rounds. One of the tactics Emily needs to work on is her line to the fence. She often turned too early or too late to the fence, not looking at the next jump early enough and planning what to do, so she can know when she is exactly opposite the jump to turn in to. This could also be due to the horse not listening to Emily’s commands, so whilst she is flexing the elbow to turn the horse, she could also squeeze the horse with the outside leg through adduction of the hip. She could also tap the horse on the shoulder with the whip. This will make the horse listen to Emily, turning the corners sooner. Getting the correct line to a fence is vital to get a clear round, especially on trick fences, like a tight turn with a large spread. I will assess Emily’s weaknesses in her skill-related fitness under the following headings: Agility, coordination, balance and timing. She lacks agility when changing from jumping position back to normal after a fence, tending to stay leaning forwards for a few strides before regaining her balance. Emily needs to quickly sit up, extend her spine and elbows, and flex her knees straight after a jump to get her straight into the correct position for riding canter. This is especially important when jumping doubles, as balance must be quickly regained incase the horse tries to refuse the second part. Emily must work on her coordination of limbs to and from the jumping position, the separate sub-routines have clear beginnings and ends, when it should be one flowing movement. She is finding it hard concentrating on her position as a whole, as when she gets one thing right, like extending the arms, she gets others wrong, such as leaning too far forwards. It is important Molly can get a kinesthetic sense of the movement, so she can concentrate more on what the horse is doing. Balance is another major weakness for Emily over fences. Because she is finding it difficult to get the correct jumping position, she is not in the centre of balance, and so is being thrown off balance by the horses movement. If she were to extend the knees, flex the spine slightly and extend the arms forwards, the horse would be able to jump...
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