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        07-27-2010, 09:24 PM
    Some critique please?

    *Also posted this on the Critique board*

    I've been working my gelding for almost 2 months now after a 2 year break/recovery/being a horse period and today decided I'd go ahead and set up a video camera while I rode. Personally, I think he looks great and I think he feels incredible as well. Obviously he needs more work, but I'd like your opinions on his progress anyway. I'd also love any critiques on my riding as well. I haven't had a lesson in over a year (and I think it shows) and still haven't found a trainer in my area that I like. The one at my barn, well, I don't even like watching her give lessons so there's no way I'd enjoy receiving one from her. Anyway, enough of my babble, here's the video. Apologies for the lengthiness (I actually had to upload a shortened version to YouTube since the other one was like 11 minutes), kudos to anyone who watches the whole thing. XD
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        07-28-2010, 12:40 AM
    I love Willie! He looks great to me, so much better than my guy

    I'm in no position to offer any critique but he looked amazing and seemed to do just what you asked. Well done!
        07-28-2010, 12:45 AM
    Thank you! :)
    He really enjoys his job, so it's really up to me to make sure he's fit enough for it and that I'm asking him correctly.
        07-30-2010, 08:41 PM
    :/ Bump.
        07-31-2010, 06:10 PM
    Willie looks soooo good. He's so cute! I thought you looked pretty good too, yet again, I'm no expert... perhaps some more experienced people should comment. Lol Anyway, I thought you looked good!
        07-31-2010, 11:33 PM
    Nice looking horse! He does look a bit stiff behind in the hocks so I might look into hock injections, I gave them to my 5 year old and she has 8 inch over steps and moves like a dream! So talk your vet about that.

    On you position I would work on getting you hands up higher and really stretching up. When you post you want to have the same amount of effort posting down as you would posting up, don't just fall on his back. You want to be able to stop your post midway down so you can have a independent seat.

    For your legs you want to be able to draw a line from your shoulder, hips and heels so you might want to move you legs back more. Also I would really keep you leg on him so you can feel every movement of you horses ribcage. When you put your leg on think of stretching you legs down and back and gripping in between you thigh and calf without pinching your knees or taking them off the saddle.

    So to be able to sit up straighter and create more resistants in your body to gain a more independent seat think about your body being an X. Think about you left foot pushing up your right shoulder and your right foot pushing up your left shoulders so that way you stay straight and don't calapse. One way to get the feel of creating resistants with our resisting the movement of the horse is straighten your arm and have some one put pressure on the middle of your arm and try not to move your arm. Most people resist the pressure by pushing back, what you want to do it create your own resistance and point your finger straight as hard as you can and the person can push even harder and you arm should not move.

    When you canter you really push with not just your seat but your whole body and your hands go down. The paragraph should help with that though. You horse needs to learn to fallow you. You always hear people say that the rider is going with the horse but the horse is actually going with the rider, be that a good or bad thing.

    Hope this helps and if you have any questions go ahead and ask!

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