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        04-18-2010, 05:09 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Any tips??

    I'm currently eventing 2 horses right now. I'm going Novice with my mare, and Beginner Novice with my gelding. But I want to get some tips and see what other people say about my position. Be as harsh as you want! Thanks everyone! :)

    -Adrien

    (The last 3 pictures are from last year.)
         
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        04-18-2010, 05:21 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Pinching with your knee. This is making your leg slip back. I like your heel though.

    You need to work on not hunching your shoulders in those flat pics. It will def improve dressage scores as well as making you and your horse more comfortable.

    Puppy dog hands! Thumbs up!

    Looks like your forearms are resting on your horse's neck during your release. Try to float your hands more and this will fix that problem.
         
        04-18-2010, 05:38 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Just another quick photo from a couple months ago...
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        04-18-2010, 05:52 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Okay, first thing I'm going to say - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE switch that Kimberwicke to a snaffle, and if you keep the Kimberwicke, don't use a flash!!! I thought Kimberwickes were illegal for dressage, but at any rate, I would advise putting in the time to get your horses going really nicely in a snaffle - if you need a little extra leverage cross-country, invest in a WonderBit.
    Onto the critique :) The first picture is quite nice, overall; your horse looks relaxed and nicely forward, and your position is essentially good. Your shoulders are hunched, though, and one is slightly dropped - work on rolling them back and, if you can, ride in a mirrored arena so you can see and correct the shoulder-dropping. Oh, and look up! :)
    In the jumping pictures, you consistently jump ahead. In a couple of them you set your lower leg and then threw your upper body ahead of the pommel, and in the last picture you gripped with your knee and pivoted off of it. Work on small, easy lines and grids on a sensible horse so you can trot/canter in and work on maintaining your position throughout. Come in in a light, forward seat, stretch down into your heels, and let your horse jump while you do nothing but release. Keep your legs 'talking' if your horse drifts, but other than that, just focus on doing nada! As usual, dropping the stirrups will help you here. It's impossible to jump ahead without stirrups, as jumping ahead is all about being dependent on them.
    In that second jumping shot of the bay, that is not a happy pony! Presumably he's a little miffed because your leg has rolled back into a VERY active position, unintentionally punishing him for being a good boy. I like the consistent release and your flat back - very nice.
    The second flat shot of the bay reiterates my initial statement. He looks like he's uncomfortable, and focusing more on his mouth than on you. The harsh bit isn't doing either of you any favors - he is downhill and on-the-forehand, with a too-tight rein and unengaged, mincy steps. Let go of his face and work on getting his hind end underneath him - only when he's truly engaged should you begin to introduce contact, and then, only an elastic, forgiving contact with a mild bit and an educated half-halt. Right now your horse is curling behind the bit, which, once habitual, is one of the hardest issues to correct.
    Overall, you look good on a horse and comfortable with the challenges posed, but both your life and your horse's lives will be much easier with some adjustments. :)
         
        04-19-2010, 12:46 PM
      #5
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by dantexeventer    
    Okay, first thing I'm going to say - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE switch that Kimberwicke to a snaffle, and if you keep the Kimberwicke, don't use a flash!!! I thought Kimberwickes were illegal for dressage, but at any rate, I would advise putting in the time to get your horses going really nicely in a snaffle - if you need a little extra leverage cross-country, invest in a WonderBit.
    Onto the critique :) The first picture is quite nice, overall; your horse looks relaxed and nicely forward, and your position is essentially good. Your shoulders are hunched, though, and one is slightly dropped - work on rolling them back and, if you can, ride in a mirrored arena so you can see and correct the shoulder-dropping. Oh, and look up! :)
    In the jumping pictures, you consistently jump ahead. In a couple of them you set your lower leg and then threw your upper body ahead of the pommel, and in the last picture you gripped with your knee and pivoted off of it. Work on small, easy lines and grids on a sensible horse so you can trot/canter in and work on maintaining your position throughout. Come in in a light, forward seat, stretch down into your heels, and let your horse jump while you do nothing but release. Keep your legs 'talking' if your horse drifts, but other than that, just focus on doing nada! As usual, dropping the stirrups will help you here. It's impossible to jump ahead without stirrups, as jumping ahead is all about being dependent on them.
    In that second jumping shot of the bay, that is not a happy pony! Presumably he's a little miffed because your leg has rolled back into a VERY active position, unintentionally punishing him for being a good boy. I like the consistent release and your flat back - very nice.
    The second flat shot of the bay reiterates my initial statement. He looks like he's uncomfortable, and focusing more on his mouth than on you. The harsh bit isn't doing either of you any favors - he is downhill and on-the-forehand, with a too-tight rein and unengaged, mincy steps. Let go of his face and work on getting his hind end underneath him - only when he's truly engaged should you begin to introduce contact, and then, only an elastic, forgiving contact with a mild bit and an educated half-halt. Right now your horse is curling behind the bit, which, once habitual, is one of the hardest issues to correct.
    Overall, you look good on a horse and comfortable with the challenges posed, but both your life and your horse's lives will be much easier with some adjustments. :)
    I always ride stadium and cross country in a Kimberwicke, but in Dressage I ride in D-ring snaffles, or some sort of French Link. Unless I'm too lazy to change out bits when I ride in lessons or pleasure. And I knew someone would say that! Haha. I liked the picture, but I totally didn't realize I was looking down! And I have weird back problems, so naturally I have one shoulder that is a tad higher than the other, so I definitely have to try and counteract that when I notice it happening... And like I said, those last 3 pictures in my first post are from the beginning of last summer. But I've been really working with the bay horse on dressage. He's improved alot, and I usually practice with him completely bareback. I got him off the race track 2 years ago, so he's still learning. But he's such a good boy!

    I really appreciate your help on everything! :) I'll try working on my legs more, and my release.
         
        04-19-2010, 01:03 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    I agree with the above posts. Overall, for being novice/beginner, your position looks really good!
         
        04-20-2010, 04:19 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    That mare has gorgeous form, IMO. However I personally feel you're to far forward in all pics but the last. I agree with the above posters. When you fall over the neck, your leg shifts back. No good.

    Only other thing I noticed was that you seem to look ahead too quickly, and/or you look down. I'm not real sure from the pics. I love that you're looking ahead to the next jump (or that's what it seems like!), but your horses back legs haven't even left the ground yet!
         

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