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    01-26-2012, 10:46 PM
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Oh I just want to add, I usually ride (I DO ride) without it and I only put it on him on a lesson day because my trainer wants it on. We've been doing fine without it, I even cantered my first time off of the lunge (by myself basically) without the fork on and he was perfect.

This picture: http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...29386627_n.jpg is before I started lessons. It was very inconsistent roundness but he was beginning to get it on his own (mainly the sitting trot.) I think him in the fork is making him lean and he's backtracking. I've tried talking with my coach but she is persistent.


And if you have any advice for my canter, please please please let me know!

The time has come for the C word!

Thanks Allison_Finch
     
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    01-26-2012, 11:16 PM
  #32
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The key to a good sitting trot and canter is mobility of your abdomen. You use your back and abdominal muscles like a shock absorber to minimize the up and down movement.

Watching your canter, you actually have a nice seat going there. You are using your mid section very well. A seat that can sink and maintain contact with the saddle is one where you can use your back and abdominal muscles to loosen or tighten to affect much of what your horse does.

Wrap your legs a little more on your horse. You are maintaing a tight contact with your knee, which is taking the lower leg away from your horse. Loosen the knee, wrap that lower leg around the horse and feel the contact with the inside of your upper calf. Try to rotate your leg so that the toes point more forward than out. This will help the lower leg become quieter and move around less.
     
    01-26-2012, 11:23 PM
  #33
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
The key to a good sitting trot and canter is mobility of your abdomen. You use your back and abdominal muscles like a shock absorber to minimize the up and down movement.

Watching your canter, you actually have a nice seat going there. You are using your mid section very well. A seat that can sink and maintain contact with the saddle is one where you can use your back and abdominal muscles to loosen or tighten to affect much of what your horse does.

Wrap your legs a little more on your horse. You are maintaing a tight contact with your knee, which is taking the lower leg away from your horse. Loosen the knee, wrap that lower leg around the horse and feel the contact with the inside of your upper calf. Try to rotate your leg so that the toes point more forward than out. This will help the lower leg become quieter and move around less.

Okay I'll keep that in mind... anything to make that sitting trot less fluttery and uncomfortable for my horse. Thanks, I'm glad I'm doing good at the canter seat, that makes me happy :)

In your opinion, you think I should ride stirrupless? (I want as many opinions as possible.)
     
    01-26-2012, 11:36 PM
  #34
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Yes ma'am!!

I agree with you fully on the fork. I'm taking it off and I'm not putting it back on!

And I agree about the leg yields.. idk if you saw my face, I saw sick of them and I could tell Sky wanted to just get to the trotting and cantering.

I'm going to ride tomorrow so I'll work a mostly on walk, trot, canter and a little leg yield now and then.

But thanks for taking the time to comment. I need all the help I can get!

EDIT: I've watched the video and I'm understanding the aids a lot clearer now. I had no idea head turn was part of the cue, I probably was making it very confusing for Sky. Thanks for pointing that out!

Do you have any tips for my sitting trot that anyone hasn't mentioned yet? Looking at the video, hers is very "with" her horse, whereas mine is all over the place.



She probably has years and years of experience. I know that you can be that good in a few years. You already have a great start and a natural seat. I really think it's just time in the saddle over all.
     
    01-26-2012, 11:48 PM
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She probably has years and years of experience. I know that you can be that good in a few years. You already have a great start and a natural seat. I really think it's just time in the saddle over all.
Alright tinyliny, thanks for the support :) It's just hard not knowing where I stand since I'm still at the starting gate, if that makes sense.

I'm determined though!!! We've gotten this far!
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    01-27-2012, 04:10 PM
  #36
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Update!!! But no pictures of video. Hope to get some this weekend!

So first thing I did when I got to the barn? Put the training fork away and loosened my stirrups a hole. But when I went to loosen them, I noticed that the stirrup leathers aren't even at all... one was on hole 9, one on hole 7. So now they're both on 6, and even, and it felt so good.... soooo good guys!

I kept them at the posting trot, sitting trot (TONS better today!) and cantered with them long and he was an absolute saint.

For the sitting trot, I tipped my pelvis a little forwards and what do you know, I DO have seatbones under all that fluff :P And I felt them go back and fourth one then two. I kept my upper body quieter and my lower half was rocking and rolling. So much better. I hope to get some video of that!

All while round and stretching, though he was being a lazy bum so I did have to get to the ask tell demand stage a lot. But once he was nice and warmed up, we did leg yields. I made sure my seat bones were even weight and put my inside leg behind the girth, outside leg on the girth.. I looked to the direction I was going and softly (on a longer rein but still round) asked him to leg yield. At first he tried to move his shoulders. I corrected him and we went straight. Tried again.

Guess what?!

HE DID THREE PERFECT STEPS TO THE RAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooo! So we picked up the trot as a nice break, I practiced stretching my legs down, without bracing on the stirrups.. it was awesome. I didn't lose my stirrups, they didn't shove back.

Today was hard, but perfect.

Going again tomorrow, Sunday, and then lesson on Wednesday! :)
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