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post #1 of 7 Old 12-15-2012, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Critique my riding?

Since selling Leia, I've been able to get back into lessons and am now apart of a riding team. I only ride once a week, but I think I've lost a lof of my bad habits.

I tend to get REALLY nervous riding new horses, and both these horses were ones I'd never ridden before.

Vick (bay dutch warmblood) is a horse that if you ride incorrectly, he gets VERY forward, and that made me nervous. If you pull, he pulls and gets strong. I'd seen it happen and really didn't want it to happen to me. My trainer told me to sit deep, and ride mainly seat and leg, keep light but steady contact, so that's what I did. Ignore my mom talking, and also sorry - she doesn't know how to zoom.

And Tux is a new horse that I'd never seen before riding him. I didn't know what to expect or how to ride him. He is very wiggly and I had to REALLY keep him in between me, or he felt like he'd run out. He didnt like to bend around the last turn and tried to drift towards the group. Excuse my 'chasing' him into the canter at the last, I have a horrible habit of doing that..

Critique what you can, I know they aren't the best quality, but it's all I have.

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-15-2012, 10:07 AM
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Hi, I think your first pic is lovely. You are staying with the horse, not before or getting left behind. I like the speed he's going. I think most jumpers speed up because after the jump they are traveling on their forhand. On the other side of the jump, ASAP, get his position back on his haunches, and he'll have nothing to rush on.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-15-2012, 10:21 AM
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You look pretty good to me. One thing I noticed is that the first horse seems like you may be jumping ahead of him, and holding him back a little too much on the flat where it looks like he is losing his forward drive. Perhaps you can work WITH his tendency to want to go very forward, so that you are in sync, and not one trying to overpower the other.

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-23-2012, 03:18 PM
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He is not rounded and seems not to be on the bit very much?
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-23-2012, 07:28 PM
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I don't know too much about english riding, but you are sitting very forward and look a little tense.

Roll your shoulders back and put more weight in your heels/seat. I know english/jumping seats tend to lean you more forward, but it helps your balance. At least, that's how I was taught.

You look like you have piano hands, and it makes your elbows stick out. Try putting them at a forty five degree angle. It will help relay messages a lot clearer to your horse. At least you don't have the thumbs up hand position, which is good. : )

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post #6 of 7 Old 12-23-2012, 09:19 PM
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I think you look pretty good. You have a tight, steady leg. You're not going over the pommel of the saddle over the jump and have a nice release. The only thing I do have to say is that you seem to want to see the bigger distances a little bit and get slightly ahead, and you look a little stiff. Other than that, I think you look great =]
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-24-2012, 04:36 PM
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I realize you say you are nervous about the first horse becoming too forward, but you have a very nice position and handle the more squirrely horse very well and are riding him with more impulsion than the first. I say trust yourself that you can ride the first horse well and let him out a little. Right now you it is obvious that you are riding defensively. Your position is solid. It's good. I wish I had it. Ride that first horse like you mean it!

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