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post #1 of 8 Old 02-26-2011, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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any improvements? :S

Riding corkie yesterday, i honestly did try to get my hands out of my lap..dont know if it made any difference though. and i think i have a chair seat in a couple of pictures too :(
i got a couple of videos, and one of me on him bareback.
in the first video, he kept trying to canter which is why hes bouncing around like a fool lol
annddd a random video of me on corkie in the field, bareback and brideless.
i can control him with my seat :) love this pony to death, i swear he thinks hes some sort of huge friesian stallion lol never a dull day around him :)

(by the way, for those that dont know, i learnt to ride on this pony, so ive been riding him for around 8 years now & i trust him 100%)

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-27-2011, 02:26 AM
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Hi! First off, you and the pony are a wondeful pair! He's adorable in everyway and it's great how you trust each other and work so well together.

I'm going to be totally honest, and in the kindest way :), say I didn't see an improvement in the hand in your lap. Try bending your elbow and keeping in more toward your side, but in the most natural, least-tense way possible, Feel your elbow as a shock absorber that follows the motions of the pony without your shoulder moving... pretend it's a hinge. It doesn't look like the "chair seat" was a huge problem for you. Your hip, shoulder, and heel all seemed to allign in the pictures which is great. You two look wondeful together and I'm being harsh, you are a great rider.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-27-2011, 02:57 AM
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I guess I misunderstood "hand in your lap". I though it meant that you had your hand, well, in your lap. Like touching your tummy. That would mean you had a really bent elbow to do that.
What I see her is the more typical hunter hold with a straight elbow and hands pretty far out in front. You look tenser, stiffer and more kilted forward from the waist than before. The shot of you riding bareback with bridle was the best of the lot.
sorry, that sounds really harsh, does't it? I think you were just trying so hard.
Go back, trust yourself because you actually ride quite naturally. Don't worry so much about where hands are or foot. Just think of riding and keeping your pony together and connected to your seat and hand. Video that and let us watch it!
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-27-2011, 02:58 PM
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You do ride very have a great seat and a good leg as well, so don't take this all too harshly.

It seems that you just stiffened up in the arms and shoved them out in front of you to get them "out of your lap". Instead of pushing them forward from where they were, just bend your elbows more...your hands will naturally rise if your elbow is bent. I agree that you do look stiffer--which very well may be you just focusing too much on your hand placement. Take a deep breath and try can do it! ....and Kudos on the bareback and bridleless!

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post #5 of 8 Old 02-27-2011, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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thank you.
so as far as ive been told, ive got the leg sorted (finallyyy) but ive made my hands worse? lol
gahh this is so frustrating. okay i'll try again this weekend & get some more videos and pictures.

& yeah, it took me & corkie years to be able to work so well together..when i first started riding him, we didnt 'click' at all...he used to test me, and i found him frustrating lol he used to canter round and round & i wouldnt be able to stop him, but he wasnt bolting, he was cantering slowly he just refused to stop lol & if he wasnt doing that, he was walking sideways with his nose in the air refusing to do anything lol but we've finally got to the point where i trust him 100% and as far as i can tell he trusts me...hence me getting on him in a field full of horses bareback and bridleless :P hes not my pony, but i wish he was. a friends mum actually told me last year, if she ever won the lottery she would buy him for me. *crosses fingers* lol
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-27-2011, 04:07 PM
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just from what i could tell in the first video, he looks restricted he wants to canter but your not either pushing him forward or your holding him back. Next time you canter get him moving forward and using his hind end.
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in the first video, he wasnt supposed to be cantering. i only wanted him to trot but he kept trying to canter lol
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-27-2011, 05:19 PM
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ahh haha alright
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