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post #1 of 9 Old 12-26-2010, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Question Anyone want to critique my riding??

So I'm 14 and I've been riding for 9 years... A bit of background; it's been in the mid 20's where I live, so the only riding I've done (excluding walking bareback in the freezing cold) in the last month is what's here. I had been waiting for 7 hours for my classes to start, and in warm up my mare was absolutely nuts; bucking, spooking, bolting etc. I was shocked she did so well during our classes. It was also about 15 degrees, so I was frozen solid and therefore look like crap.
I'd just like some other opinions on how I ride. I look terrible in most of this, but it's the most recent stuff I have. Please keep in mind that I was freezing, and my jacket also makes me look funny Also, if you say anything about my horse, please also know she's been sore because of the cold, and is young and a bit crazy. Thanks!!

(Oh, and by the way, my leg never moves. Why is did in a lot of these videos, I have no clue. I also know that the landings on my jump need a ton of work. It's a long story how that started, but I am working on it. The videos from the show that I picked were completely random, so hopefully they're an okay representation of me. The pictures are blurry because I pulled frames from videos.)
I will now shut up so you can watch the video ;)
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-27-2010, 05:52 PM
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You look really good! The one thing I have to say is you're leaning forward. Some people will say too much, but I think its fine. When you're jumping you want to be at about 30 degrees, but on the flat its more like 15. (From the perpendicular) Some people don't ride this way, but my trainer encourages it, it works for me, and George Morris advocates it like crazy.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-27-2010, 06:46 PM
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If that's you're terrible riding, I'd love to see your good stuff! You look great. Lower leg is solid, heels are down, nice soft loop in the rein, I got nothing on your jumping. As for between the jumps, I did notice your horse counterbends in the corners. Some flat work geared toward balancing and riding "straight" would help improve your turns.

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-27-2010, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys so much! I've never been a very big fan of my own riding; I always find way more flaws than good. I tend to find that becuase I love riding the challenging horses, I look awful but I can ride just about anything. I'm so happy to know I don't look nearly as bad as I think I do! For the leaning forward, I don't usually. Only for shows, because I find the shows I go to it's very geared toward extreme hunt seat. I don't really like riding like that but if that's the only thing holding me back from pinning, I can suck it up! I think I may put up another critique video early summer so you can see what I look like when I've actually been riding more than once a week.
Also, for the counterbending, I'm working on that as well. My mare is perfectly capable but never bends correctly. She completely ignores leg pressure, even with spurs. It is getting better though (not that you can tell from this video, haha.)
But really, thank you both so much

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-27-2010, 07:24 PM
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You are a very nice, quiet rider - bravo :)
Now, the one thing that really stood out to me was that you need to use your corners. At 0:28, you come off the diagonal, and don't use your whole arena, you drift to the inside. This made you come in to the line on a circle instead of a straight line, hence the long stride and diving jump. If you had pushed her into the far corner and the corner before the jump, you would have approached the jump square, and set yourself up for much better striding.
Now, in order to accomplish this, you have to work on bending and leg-yields. If you just pull her head to the outside, you risk her swapping leads and/or bulging a shoulder and saying "no" - so you really need to control the shoulder and ribcage, instead of just the head.


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post #6 of 9 Old 12-27-2010, 09:35 PM
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That's bad riding? I'm with Puck, what is your good riding then?! I thought you looked great! I love your lower leg! (You said it moved! Liar! Haha) Your pony is absolutely adorable as well!
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-27-2010, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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You are a very nice, quiet rider - bravo :)
Now, the one thing that really stood out to me was that you need to use your corners. At 0:28, you come off the diagonal, and don't use your whole arena, you drift to the inside. This made you come in to the line on a circle instead of a straight line, hence the long stride and diving jump. If you had pushed her into the far corner and the corner before the jump, you would have approached the jump square, and set yourself up for much better striding.
Now, in order to accomplish this, you have to work on bending and leg-yields. If you just pull her head to the outside, you risk her swapping leads and/or bulging a shoulder and saying "no" - so you really need to control the shoulder and ribcage, instead of just the head.
Thank you :) I'm not sure if you read my post before you... I am working on this with her. She's an extremely stubborn horse. I even took her to one of the top trainer's in the east coast. When he got on her she pulled the same exact stuff; he said she's very stubborn and will take a ton of work. We've been working on leg yields etc for quite awhile now, and she seems to be getting better, however in that ring she absolutely will not listen. If I use spurs she's much better, but the course before that one when I tried to push her into the corner she had a mad bucking fit, so I decided not to push it with her. (I should have put that video up )
I'll keep working on the bending and leg yields. I've started doing dressage the first half of my lessons (my trainer rides dressage, so she's loving this haha) so hopefully that will help. Thanks again

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That's bad riding? I'm with Puck, what is your good riding then?! I thought you looked great! I love your lower leg! (You said it moved! Liar! Haha) Your pony is absolutely adorable as well!
Yes, she is quite adorable :) Too bad she uses those looks for evil... She's such a little rotten thing <3 It's a shame the judges always hate her so much... Thank you very much! But my leg did move, I swear! I think it was at the very end, it started sloshing all over between two jumps. This was shortly after her bucking fit though so that may have had something to do with it...

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post #8 of 9 Old 12-28-2010, 09:52 PM
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I love your smooth, consistent pace. You seem experienced enough to begin doing automatic releases, so that may be something to think about next time. I would definitely loosen your horse up on the flat, working on flexion and bending. Everyone about seems to be on the same page as well! Gradually shrinking your circles as your bending gets better will help improve your corners too. I don't know what the strides were between lines, but it seemed that you weren't moving on enough. However, I see that the arena is small, so I can't say I'd ride much different. Perhaps work on opening your pony's stride in your flatwork as well, making her more adjustable.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-29-2010, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice :) The ground finally unfroze a tiny bit yesterday (It was like 37 degrees.) so I had the change to lunch her for a little bit and do some ground work. We worked on moving away from leg pressure/pressure on her side where my leg would be. Hopefully she'll be bending nicely and moving better soon! I'm sad someone noticed the striding... She's a little under 15.1 hands. Not exactly the best size; her stride is too long to be a pony's, but way too short to be a regular 12ft horse stride. When I first got her, she was 5 and absolutely insane. I've spent the last two years working on getting her slower and controlled. The only problem with that is it shortens her stride. I'm hoping this spring I can work on lengthening and collecting her stride in the ring, as I can't really work on more than ground work or walking in the cold right now. The stride in that ring is also weird. I never really plan how many strides I want to ride it in, because it completely depends on my approach so I usually just ride it as I see it. They also don't have complete stride... It's too short to complete a 12ft stride, (which is the horses we compete against since it's slightly bigger jumps) but it's too long to complete a pony's stride. It's uneven and weird... She never does well in that ring with the strides, but I can't blame her. I like to just let her take it how she wants, becuase she usually knows what she can and can't do, especially in that weird ring.

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