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post #1 of 9 Old 08-28-2012, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback...

Please critique this short video for me. First off, let me state that although I am 'fluffy' (read fat) both my vet and my equine chiropractor assure me that I am not too heavy for him (an Icelandic Horse) and will do no damage to him by riding. In this video, I was focused on him, not me, which is why I want to hear some constructive criticism on my riding, because this is how I usually ride, not trying to look pretty for the camera. I usually do use a helmet, but my mom decided that for videos of him that might be shared with potential buyers, a helmet might be detrimental. He is only in halter and leadrope to show that he responds well with no bit, not because that is how I normally ride. I'm looking for information on my position (not necessarily for show, just for more effectiveness) and such.

Hope this worked, never done a video before!
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-29-2012, 12:52 AM
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Just curious, why does your mom think a helmet would be detrimental for sales videos?
I, personally, am more judgemental of a rider not wearing a helmet than I am of somebody wearing a helmet. Makes me go 'huh, wonder what other foolish things they've done with that horse'.
Then again I think I'm an oddly judgemental person.

On another note, your video isn't working for me? I don't know if it's just me or if it's your video but it wont load. D:
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-29-2012, 01:03 AM
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Okay it must have been me. I got it to load, not well, but load at least and only got to watch it once before it refused to load again. |:<

Although your seat is quite secure you look very tense. Relax your upper body a little more while maintaining your posture and 'give' a little more with your hands. I understand he's just in a halter, but had he had a bit in his mouth I feel like you would have had too much contact and would pull on his mouth with every stride. Toes up! Even bareback it's always been drilled into me to keep my toes up, heels down. Otherwise you look quite good! You have better balance than I do.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-29-2012, 01:14 AM
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you ride beautifully! Fluffy or not, your seat is relaxed, balanced, you sit up well and are a lovely rider.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-29-2012, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I noticed that my left toe was down, and the right appeared to be up, weird, huh? But yes I will focus on my feet, and relaxing my upper body a bit more!
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You have an awesome seat, especially bareback! Id love to canter bareback and look as at ease as you do!
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You look very nice, balanced and relaxed. You also have good hands

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post #8 of 9 Old 08-31-2012, 03:09 PM
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Wow you look great riding bareback! Your seat looks very secure and you look 100% in control and it seems like your horse responds to you well too. I hope that when I learn to canter bareback I can look as confident as you look there!
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Just curious, why does your mom think a helmet would be detrimental for sales videos?
I, personally, am more judgemental of a rider not wearing a helmet than I am of somebody wearing a helmet. Makes me go 'huh, wonder what other foolish things they've done with that horse'.
Then again I think I'm an oddly judgemental person.

On another note, your video isn't working for me? I don't know if it's just me or if it's your video but it wont load. D:

Some people may view it as "there must be a reason the rider needs a helmet; therefore, the horse is dangerous in some way"

I think that's the theory behind it.
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