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  • Do you need to have your heels down for bareback

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    08-29-2012, 01:28 AM
Green Broke
Alright.. Have at it.. The good, the bad, and the ugly..

So, while I'm sitting here in my boredom and missing my horses I'm finding myself watching my old Youtube videos and feeling home sick.. These videos are from February and very spur of the moment videos..It had been raining the past week and the ground was not too great.. So, critique away.. Note - There may be wrong leads and such.. I only had Lark 3 months here and we still weren't too sure of each other yet.. Have at it..

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    08-29-2012, 01:45 AM
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I didnt' watch all of it. I can see right away that you are a confident , relaxed and balanced rider all around. Nice job!

Now me, bareback? That's a joke!
    08-29-2012, 11:25 AM
Green Broke
Thanks Tiny..That's what I love about riding bareback, it helps so much when it comes to balance and really getting the movement of your horse..

Anyone else??

Forgot to add, if you don't want to watch me walk the barrel pattern you can skip to 2:00.
    08-29-2012, 12:24 PM
You've got a great position, and near-perfect balance- especially on those turns! You and your horse look so relaxed and in-touch with each other that it's hard to believe you were only together for 3 months in those videos.
    08-29-2012, 12:57 PM
Alright you want the worst>>> I couldn't find anything wrong lol I wish I had your balance though, going around those turns at the lope. I still sometimes come off the side a bit lol.

Good job :)
    08-29-2012, 01:06 PM
Green Broke
Thanks, I really wasn't expecting to hear good things! When I watch it I pick it apart "Oh, I need to do this.. I need to stop leaning..I need to try to watch my heels" So I was going to see if anyone else was as anal about it as I am and had anything to add.. Not that I'm complaining about hearing good things about my riding! No one gets tired of hearing that.. I honestly think my seat and balance come from riding bareback so much.
    08-29-2012, 01:31 PM
Well now that your are nit picking lol.. I did notice the heels down .
At some points you would hunch your shoulders in slightly but nothing drastic, and accouple of times I think I saw a slight shoulder drop in the first video.

But I am not sure if that is true or me trying to find something wrong lol.

But he did seem kinda stuck on his inside shoulder. I can pinpoint why I think that he just seems hesitant more or less.
    08-29-2012, 01:43 PM
Green Broke
Yeah.. I think the slouching thing is just comes with being a barrel racer..On the rare occasion I show in pleasure events my aunt always yells at me when practicing or warming up.. lol I just can keep my heels down when bareback, I've tried and I'll be able to for a little bit but then I focus on something else and away it goes.. She will try to drop her shoulder, especially then when I wasn't used to her and she will favor the inside shoulder just because of the barrel work.. We've since worked on it.. I should get a more recent video uploaded, I just haven't been home to ride much, much less video... Thank you though!! I'm very bad at nit picking, especially when it comes to myself.. I can always find something wrong or something I could have done better.
    08-29-2012, 01:47 PM
If it were a bareback horsemanship class I'd pick on you about your heels and tell you to try and keep your lower leg a bit more quiet. You've got great balance, my only real critique - where's my fat pal Hick?

I think we are all our worst critics. That's what makes us get better though. As a kids our rides (at least at shows) were always taped and replayed like studying "game tape". I hated it then but am glad for it now.
    08-29-2012, 01:48 PM
Hahaha that's why I stopped video taping myself and just deal with my trainer yelling at me lol

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