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post #1 of 7 Old 10-06-2013, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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beginner critique please

Posted a video a bit further below but posting again with a better video with more footage. Hoping to do a lesson next week :) Anyway critique away


Anyway, I started doing weekly lessons last term (I had 8 lessons) on the chestnut with a white blaze that you can see in the video. This term I changed horses to the bay in the video called Beau, who I am loving. So last lesson I had my first go of cantering more than a couple of strides and my first group canter which was a tonne of fun

I've watched the videos and I think I have a good idea of the list of things I need to work on But I'd like to hear what you have to say, and also some tips on how to fix. Also feel free to dumb things down for me
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I think you're doing pretty good, you seem well balanced and gentle in your aides. At a few points I see your lower leg slip forward into a chair seat, but you suck it back to under you.

Try making your reins a bit longer next time. You could bring your elbows back quite a bit, do you feel like your shoulders are tipping forwards just a bit? You have a nice upright seat, I really like that. Bringing your elbows back and your hands up will allow you to keep that nice position.

I also like that you don't force your heels down, that can cause you to tense your leg. Your legs are still, but not tight.
And nice with always looking forward, don't lose that habit!

Keep up the good work!!

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I like that video, fun to watch! You doing good, I would say relax your shoulder and back more though, seemed tight & stiff, otherwise have fun!

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-10-2013, 07:59 PM
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I agree with Waresbear ( I often do) that you look like you are having fun, and honestly, you are doing just fine. The thing that you most need to work on is becoming better able to not pull on the horse's mouth. I mean, since you are stiff , your elbow is not allowing for the hrose's movement, thus, when you bump around, it's coming out through your hands, into his mouth. you can see that your hands go up and down with each rise and fall of posting, which is not correct. YOU should go up and down (well , it's more of forward/backward) but your hands need to stay in the same place. how can you do that? your elbows need to open and close, like hinges on a door, so that your hands DON'T move around. This is how a person can separate the movement of the body from the movement of the hands.

Carry on!
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-10-2013, 08:12 PM
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I think you look fine especially at this stage of your riding. You appear to be a bit stiff, but that's not unusual as you are trying to work on so many items at one time.
Great little video !
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-06-2014, 07:43 PM
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I loved your video, I think you are doing really well, especially since you are in an arena with alot of other people and when you are learning you have a huge amount of things to concentrate on. Well done he is a lovely horse, you look good on him. Im sorry I can't really offer anything helpful, at this stage.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-06-2014, 09:58 PM
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You look pretty good for the stage of riding your in but i agree with everyone above you look kinda stiff but thats not a huge problem and certainly not unusual when learning to do many little tasks at once!
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