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        08-03-2012, 10:59 PM
      #11
    Showing
    Since this isn't in "horse riding critique" I didn't really critique it but yeah.. I disagree with tinyliny about the hands.

    She says you cannot make just your hands quieter. Well even if you are loosey goosey, your hands will still be a mess if you aren't aware of what they're doing. Every part of you can be isolated. Fingers, toes, heel, calves, hips, thighs, neck, head, eyes, abs/core, small of back, upper spine, lower spine, seat bones/pelvis, inner thighs.. do you need me to continue?

    Yes they all work together, but even if you are the best quiet BODY rider in the world, that does not ensure that your hands are quiet as well. You need to make the effort to build muscle memory, to remember to release your elbow joint and leave your hands soft and in their place.. not jigging or coming upwards when you post.

    And just to be clear, I think the problem isn't just hands, but you aren't using your elbows at all.. and if you did, you'd instantly have a happier, correct horse :)
         
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        08-04-2012, 04:07 AM
      #12
    Foal
    If I were you I'd stop worrying so much about where his head is and worry about where you are and about him going forward. He is a nice horse who is trying to please you. You get "piano" hands a lot, which is something that I also strugle with, so you need to pick your hands up and keep your wrists straight. When you pick up your hands the bit is no longer pressing down on the bars of your horses mouth, which is in turn forcing him to come into a fake frame. Again follow with your elbows, and one last thing the only way to get connection is to ride back to front so make sure to worry about impulsion and forward because if you don't have that first nothing else will matter! Good luck
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        08-04-2012, 12:10 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Thank you everyone for your advice and perspectives. I do tend to get a bit cocky when I believe myself and my horse are going better than he actually is. I believe we have improved by leaps and bounds, but I also believe that we have a lot of work still ahead of us.

    We are doing one last show this year on Thursday at the county fair. I was going into it really confident, but now I've lost my confidence and second guessing myself. I guess I should have put the videos up at a different time because now I am worried I am going to make things worse on Thursday.

    Time to change my attitude, relax and just take it as if I were on a hack in the woods...whatever happens happens.... no expectations.
         
        08-04-2012, 12:18 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Yay Cinny!!! His problems right now, are your heavy hands, you need to trust him more and let him use his long neck. You need to throw away the reins, totally, and ride with just your legs & seat. This is so fixable and a great goal for you to work towards.
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        08-04-2012, 12:55 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
    Thank you everyone for your advice and perspectives. I do tend to get a bit cocky when I believe myself and my horse are going better than he actually is. I believe we have improved by leaps and bounds, but I also believe that we have a lot of work still ahead of us.

    We are doing one last show this year on Thursday at the county fair. I was going into it really confident, but now I've lost my confidence and second guessing myself. I guess I should have put the videos up at a different time because now I am worried I am going to make things worse on Thursday.

    Time to change my attitude, relax and just take it as if I were on a hack in the woods...whatever happens happens.... no expectations.

    Don't worry about it! Showing is a learning experience and will only help you improve. You and Cinny have clearly improved a lot and everyone has things they need to work towards... that's what will cause you to get better.
         
        08-04-2012, 02:16 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Cinny, have you seen this? Its one of Jane Savoie's wonderful help videos, and I think it will address some of the issues you are dealing with.

    And don't sweat your show. One of the ways I stayed cool-headed was to ride with a great big smile on my face. When I'd catch myself tensing, I would invariably be frowning, so a reminder to myself to "SMI-ILE!!" would usually cause me to giggle just a little bit, and I'd relax just a little bit more.

    I'm interested to hear what you think of the video-bridging the reins is more than just for riding a freighttrain X-C.
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        08-04-2012, 02:30 PM
      #17
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
    Thank you everyone for your advice and perspectives. I do tend to get a bit cocky when I believe myself and my horse are going better than he actually is. I believe we have improved by leaps and bounds, but I also believe that we have a lot of work still ahead of us.

    We are doing one last show this year on Thursday at the county fair. I was going into it really confident, but now I've lost my confidence and second guessing myself. I guess I should have put the videos up at a different time because now I am worried I am going to make things worse on Thursday.

    Time to change my attitude, relax and just take it as if I were on a hack in the woods...whatever happens happens.... no expectations.

    Having seen every video you have posted, I would agree that you HAVE improved, as has Cinny. What more can one ask? There are fundamental changes that need to happen, such as the hand/elbow issue, and when they become natural to you, the result will be a marked improvlement. And, the question of whether or not the saddle is contributing to a bit of a chair seat problem. But, do not doubt that some improvement has happened.
    You've been very gracious in listening to a lot of advice.
         
        08-04-2012, 02:31 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    BUT FIRST WATCH THIS:


    This video addresses the way your arms and elbows should behave.
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        08-04-2012, 02:48 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Remember that dressage is not about going to shows to win prizes, but about the development of yourself and your horse as a team, so quit worrying about posting for feedback at the wrong time, and start concentrating on partnership.

    Wherever we are on the learning for dressage there is always a huge hill in front of us, because it is definitely the more you know the more you find out that there is more to know.

    Enjoy the ride, start with the REAL fundamentals, don't forget to breathe and smile, then work out from there.

    Watch your own videos, and learn from what you see, I am always gutted when I see mine, what feels like a great ride from on top, well when you see it from C as the judge does, then you can see the elements that you need to work on.

    No matter who you are you will see things to improve, because no one (to my knowledge) has ever scored 100% in a test, and until that happens we are all working toward perfection without ever getting there.
         
        08-04-2012, 02:54 PM
      #20
    Super Moderator
    Nice video. Great that she gives such good videos out for free.
         

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