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post #21 of 24 Old 04-24-2013, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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This afternoon I slathered Icy Hot onto my lower back (didn't really help, but felt good) and went for a ride. We worked on the fore mentioned suggestions (my arms and him not hang on my hands, etc.) and worked on the new suggestions too (transitions, keeping him infront of my leg, etc.). I also opted to drop my stirrups a hole to see if that helped with my legs (slight numbness=lack of grip) and leaning forward, which I think it did (but had it's downfalls too).

It was a very strenuous workout for both of us. Definitely need to work more on our transitions, as he likes to fall onto his forehand and go heavy on the reins, but I kept pushing him forward and we got a few "okay" transitions in (won't said "good" because they were just satisfactory for it being a new exercise for him). While the entire ride FELT LIKE both of us having the urge to fight eachother, we found ways to work it out and by the end of the ride he was definitely moving more forward and he was very soft in his mouth, holding himself up.

Once we improve on these issues, I will get another video for critique. Regardless of the stirrup lenght, after riding for a while, I still have issues with weight in my heels due to my legs being progressively more numb the longer I ride. Very frusterating.
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post #22 of 24 Old 04-28-2013, 01:30 PM
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Ok, at the walk- Your horse looked so relaxed! Nice head carriage(except the few times he pulled down a little) The main thing at the walk is you need longer stirrups. And try raising your hands just a bit.

Trot- Very nice gait! I think you shoved you hips forward to much, try relaxing a bit more and working with your horse's beautiful gait more.

Canter- Give your horse a little more head room, he has an awesome canter! The main thing here is keep your hands still, lower your stirrups, and don't rock your upper body so much. You should only follow your horse's movement with your hips, you upper body should remain still. (Oh, that last part could go for trot to I think)

” You know you’re a horse person when you walk past someone and instead of saying ‘excuse me’ you poke them in the ribs and say ‘over’ “
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post #23 of 24 Old 04-30-2013, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, at the walk- Your horse looked so relaxed! Nice head carriage(except the few times he pulled down a little) The main thing at the walk is you need longer stirrups. And try raising your hands just a bit.

Trot- Very nice gait! I think you shoved you hips forward to much, try relaxing a bit more and working with your horse's beautiful gait more.

Canter- Give your horse a little more head room, he has an awesome canter! The main thing here is keep your hands still, lower your stirrups, and don't rock your upper body so much. You should only follow your horse's movement with your hips, you upper body should remain still. (Oh, that last part could go for trot to I think)
Thanks for the critique!

I think lowering my stirrups has definitely helps with the "hips" issue.
I noticed that about my upper body at the canter too, so thanks for pointing that out! Will definitely concentrate on that. I really like his canter when he is going "nicely" (not rushing). He just needs to canter for days and learn how to go properly, haha! I agree with the point you made about giving him more head room too... just need to find that balance of control and relaxation to keep him steady.

I haven't been able to get a new video yet, but maybe next week. I like having the videos so I can actually see how I am riding, since I don't have any eyes on the ground.

Thanks again!
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post #24 of 24 Old 04-30-2013, 06:21 PM
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Same with Millie. She loves to go, but once you get her in that just-right position, she collects nicley and will stay like that without me keeping her there. Good luck, and have fun!

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