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        06-20-2010, 08:23 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    Any improvement?

    I got some video from my lesson on Friday and I was wondering if anyone could critique? Or if I've showed any improvement.

    As always...I know the videos aren't the best, sorry, and please don't critique Brooke, she's not mine. :)


    ^^Can you critique my general position? I know I've always had a hard time breaking my chair seat on this horse...but it doesn't look too bad there?

    RECENT [yes the first flying change was a fail, haha]

    OLDER
    ^^i think I've gotten rid of the icky hands!

    I know sitting her canter has gotten SO much easier. In the clip from December, I could NOT do it. I bounced around and my back did strange things but on Friday, it was actually quite pleasant. Probably cause I didn't let her get all strung out and turn into a bulldozer.

    ANYWAYS...critique away please! Tell me anything and everything! [I have a bunch of stills from the video if you think it would help at all]
         
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        06-23-2010, 08:51 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Okay from the what I saw... you are a good rider!! Just push your hands down lower... it will make all the differnce.. the horse will relaxe and respond better... not saying that's an issue though... sit up straighter try opening your shoulders... it will help you sit up... well, you are straight just open your shoulders... it looks like you might be having a slight issue finding your "seat bones" :P... an exercise that helps is: take your feet out of the stirrups... swing your legs and move your but until you find your butt bones... it may feel as if you got them but once you do it and find them the res of your body kinda falls in place.. its crazy wierd :P also push your heels down like they are dragging on the dirt but you look good jumpuing :)
         
        06-24-2010, 03:17 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Hah yeah my shoulders have always been an issue with me. I always roll them forward, even when I'm not on a horse. -_-

    I don't think my heels CAN go down any further without me forcing them and bracing on my stirrups?
         
        06-25-2010, 12:23 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Here are some stills from the video, if it will help anyone out:



    (I believe in this one I was in the middle of a downward transition after our failed flying change attempt)

    I had a bunch more but I can't find them...and I can always make more if you want.

    Anyone? Anything?
         
        06-26-2010, 09:45 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    My trainer always tells me "Wide in the front, narrow in the back." I'd definitely pull your shoulders back, almost pinching your shoulderblades together, but then use the muscles under your armpits to almost pull your shoulders down, and push out your belly and lower back. This will really help you feel those seat bones. My trainer calls this "making yourself look fat" lol. Elbows at your side, aligned with your hips. Other than that, lower your hands. You don't have much work to do though, you look like a confident, competent rider!
         
        06-27-2010, 07:08 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Yeah pull your shoulders back and hands down
         
        06-28-2010, 09:00 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Sorry I was gone. But yeah, my shoulders are the ONE thing my trainers have always yelled at me for, literally starting at my first lesson [I have pics of it...WOW did I look awful!]

    I always feel like if I lower my hands on Brooke any more, they'll be in my lap. Looking back though, they could stand to be a little lower. I'll keep that in mind on Friday!

    Thank you both!
         
        06-29-2010, 03:26 AM
      #8
    Trained
    Haha the little chestnut in the first video looked like he had a bit of spunk, he was hooting around the arena at a million miles an hour!

    Rather than thinking of pulling your shoulders back all the time, which will more than likely result in making you stiff, think of raising your chest. Imagine you have a little bow on the front of your bra, you want to lift that bow skywards. Your shoulders will fall back naturally without the tension you experience from constantly shoving your shoulders back and down ;) You're a lovely soft rider, it would be a shame to introduce tension to your upper body.

    Now, notice that male riders very VERY rarely tip forward onto their pubic bone? As much as I hate to say it, that does tend to make them sit much better on a horse than female riders. When you lose our balance, we tip onto our pubic bone. Pretend you're a boy, every time you tip forward onto that pubic bone it's going to hurt!

    Your outside foot seems to be turned out in a lot of the video. Really concentrate on turning that toe forward to face the front. If you start wearing spurs and jab her with that outside foot all the time, you'll run into resistance problems.

    The changes you are doing are simple changes, not flying changes.. but you look to be doing them very well! A flying change is a lead change in canter without breaking gait to change, so the horse continues to canter and 'jumps' from one lead to another.

    Your hands are quite good, just try to turn them a little more so your thumb is at the highest point, they are a little more towards 'piano' hands at the moment. Having your thumb on top isn't just because 'my instructor says so', carrying the thumb as the highest part of the hand is an FEI rule, and allows the best, direct contact with the horse's mouth. You can't expect a horse to travel straight if you have your hands turned inwards ;) As for the height you want to carry them, the rule of thumb is to always maintain a straight line from your elbow, to your wrist, hand and through to the bit.


    Overall, these are minor issues and you look good! A very relaxed, loose rider which is what I really like to see. You don't want to force any aspect of your position, that will put tension into your body and you'll find you will run into other problems, and struggle to hold that position anyway.
    Concentrate all the time while you're off the horses, typing on the computer, eating your dinner etc. you want to always imagine your lifting the bow on the front of your bra. This will open your chest, relax your shoulders and alleviate tension and back pain, plus carry through to your riding.

    Good luck!
         
        06-29-2010, 03:24 PM
      #9
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    Haha the little chestnut in the first video looked like he had a bit of spunk, he was hooting around the arena at a million miles an hour!

    Rather than thinking of pulling your shoulders back all the time, which will more than likely result in making you stiff, think of raising your chest. Imagine you have a little bow on the front of your bra, you want to lift that bow skywards. Your shoulders will fall back naturally without the tension you experience from constantly shoving your shoulders back and down ;) You're a lovely soft rider, it would be a shame to introduce tension to your upper body.
    ahaha Jimmy? He's adorable, isn't he?

    Huh, I never thought of that. I'll definitely have to try that out on Friday.

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    Now, notice that male riders very VERY rarely tip forward onto their pubic bone? As much as I hate to say it, that does tend to make them sit much better on a horse than female riders. When you lose our balance, we tip onto our pubic bone. Pretend you're a boy, every time you tip forward onto that pubic bone it's going to hurt!
    ahahahaha. Great visual...should be interesting to try.

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    Your outside foot seems to be turned out in a lot of the video. Really concentrate on turning that toe forward to face the front. If you start wearing spurs and jab her with that outside foot all the time, you'll run into resistance problems.
    I'm actually one of very few people who don't ride her in spurs, so she can get a little dead to the leg sometimes. But yeah, I do need to fix my feet. It's funny...when I first started riding I was told to turn my toes out because they were too far forward

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    The changes you are doing are simple changes, not flying changes.. but you look to be doing them very well! A flying change is a lead change in canter without breaking gait to change, so the horse continues to canter and 'jumps' from one lead to another.
    We actually did 2 simple changes and then 2 flying changes. The first flying change we failed on and I ended up doing a simple change to get her on the right lead, and the second one we did okay but it's kind of hard to see it.

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    Your hands are quite good, just try to turn them a little more so your thumb is at the highest point, they are a little more towards 'piano' hands at the moment. Having your thumb on top isn't just because 'my instructor says so', carrying the thumb as the highest part of the hand is an FEI rule, and allows the best, direct contact with the horse's mouth. You can't expect a horse to travel straight if you have your hands turned inwards ;) As for the height you want to carry them, the rule of thumb is to always maintain a straight line from your elbow, to your wrist, hand and through to the bit.
    I can get a good line without any problem on Leo, and I have better hands, too. I think it's cause he carries his head higher so it's just where my hands fall. With Brooke, I gotta try!


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    Overall, these are minor issues and you look good! A very relaxed, loose rider which is what I really like to see. You don't want to force any aspect of your position, that will put tension into your body and you'll find you will run into other problems, and struggle to hold that position anyway.
    Concentrate all the time while you're off the horses, typing on the computer, eating your dinner etc. you want to always imagine your lifting the bow on the front of your bra. This will open your chest, relax your shoulders and alleviate tension and back pain, plus carry through to your riding.

    Good luck!
    Thank you so much!
         
        06-29-2010, 08:02 PM
      #10
    Trained
    Oops sorry I didn't keep watching after the first simple change because the video was so far in the distance.. .that'll teach me!

    But yes, definitely try lifting your chest. People can shout 'push your shoulders back' till the cows come home, but it is so hard to constantly remind yourself to do that plus it forces tension through your shoulders and upper back. Raising your chest is just a simple good posture exercise, you should walk like that, sit like that etc. and it's much easier to do than forcing your shoulders back all the time.

    Turned out toes mean that your calf is pressed onto her the whole time, you cannot give efficient weight aids, and leg aids lose a lot of effect. In dressage, if the toes are out slightly you will get marks dropped big time. Again, it's another FEI rule, toes must be forward.
         

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