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post #11 of 27 Old 02-06-2013, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Yup! And another thing you can do is let your horse walk and intentionally make your pelvis move with him, let it roll back and forth, even if it's not subtle and obvious it better than having it locked. It makes a huge difference and really helps with using your seat to cue your horse. Once you learn to release your pelvis all kinds of things fall in place, and with longer stirrups and a straighter shoulder, hip, heel you will find releasing the pelvis very easy to do
Sounds great! I'm starting to feel a bit better about our next ride haha. It's great to have some directions to go!
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post #12 of 27 Old 02-06-2013, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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I should mention that he is my endurance horse - we're adjusting pretty much everything since he ended up after a ride or two last year and so I called our season quits and let him heal while I figured out what our next steps would be....

#1 - get a saddle that fits

#2 - make sure he's carrying himself correctly

and

#3 - make sure I'm riding him correctly

These lessons are helping with all three since I have another eye to improve my riding as well as make sure all our tack is finally working the way it should
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post #13 of 27 Old 02-06-2013, 12:39 AM
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All the things that you mentioned you are struggling with and working on are all perfectly normal things that every rider goes through, and the fact that you are aware of them, and feeling out what works, (such as the steady rein on the outside), speaks highly of you as a horsewoman and a willing learner. I wish the very best, and expect much.
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post #14 of 27 Old 02-06-2013, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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All the things that you mentioned you are struggling with and working on are all perfectly normal things that every rider goes through, and the fact that you are aware of them, and feeling out what works, (such as the steady rein on the outside), speaks highly of you as a horsewoman and a willing learner. I wish the very best, and expect much.
Thank you :) It's just so hard to go all these years knowing how to ride (hey, I won quite a few awards *in 4-H*!), and then feel like I've gotten the rug pulled out from under me, however politely it was pulled. There are so many habits to fix, sometimes I'm not sure where to start! Especially since this is a teamwork thing, and all these things need to flow together to help us work together. I feel like a mess!

But, I know it'll come with time. I'm going through growing pains right now, that's for sure. I miss being able to just enjoy riding! However, I know it'll be so much better once we come through this on the other side with proper riding and teamwork.

Thank you for the good wishes - I'll be sure to update when I have something to show!
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The thing I noticed around 0300 minutes, was whenever your hands went too low, your horse resisted. I like how your hands are more forward and have a straighter line to the bit earlier in the video. Looks like she talked you out of that rein length arrangement and they ended up too low and too long. Just put them out over the withers and for now overdo the following motion with your elbows until you settle into that sweet spot of consistent contact.

Just remember, horse's don't read clocks or calendars. It will come when it comes.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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I didnt read all the replies, but does anyone notice that the cinch is waaayyy to far back???
It should be behind the shoulder.
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I didnt read all the replies, but does anyone notice that the cinch is waaayyy to far back???
It should be behind the shoulder.
That's because it's center fire rigging - it frees up the movement in the shoulder and eliminates interference and is popular amongst endurance riders. I'm new to using it, though, and it did seem farther back than it needed to be. I'm going to be be having someone more experienced than I coming out to check the saddle for fit and helping me figure it out, and then I'll need to decide if I want to use the center-fire rigging or the 5/8ths rigging. Either way, that cinch is going to be farther back than "typical" because I want it well out of the way of his movement.
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post #18 of 27 Old 02-06-2013, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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It did seem to move a little farther back after the ride in the video, but this is how it's supposed to be rigged if I choose to use center-fire:

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post #19 of 27 Old 02-06-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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The thing I noticed around 0300 minutes, was whenever your hands went too low, your horse resisted. I like how your hands are more forward and have a straighter line to the bit earlier in the video. Looks like she talked you out of that rein length arrangement and they ended up too low and too long. Just put them out over the withers and for now overdo the following motion with your elbows until you settle into that sweet spot of consistent contact.

Just remember, horse's don't read clocks or calendars. It will come when it comes.
Thanks for pointing that out - I can see what you mean now. I honestly don't know where to put my hands and arms right now and what movement is ok - at least my instructor will hopefully be coming out again this Saturday for a lesson. Until then, I'll try to do what you're recommending :)
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post #20 of 27 Old 02-06-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Just a reminder, the voice in the video is NOT my instructor, but rather my friend/boarder. My instructor will hopefully be coming out this weekend for our second lesson.
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