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    07-29-2013, 07:48 PM
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Foal
Beginner English Riding Critique, Pt. 2

So I had my mom film me riding Blue today and got this one of all three gaits. It was sort of late in the session so he was getting kind of rowdy, hence the head throwing at some points.

I've only been in an English saddle for less than a month and only been riding at all since the spring. I know my canter is not very good, but this was literally the second time I ever cantered in my life. I'm better than I was the first time! And I can see I should also relax my forearms, I hadn't noticed I was doing that until just now watching the video.


Any feedback is welcome! Thanks a lot guys :) I'm a big newbie, so I can use all the help I can get.
     
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    07-29-2013, 08:10 PM
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You need to work on those arms because at the moment those reins are flapping and likely the bit is jerking around in his mouth. Hands DOWN and open and close those elbows.

Your leg has swung forward, and you seem to post very up and down instead of swinging your hips forward.

At the canter you are hanging on for dear life with your knees, which is why you are slamming on his back. Open those knees and hips, and sink the weight down into your heels.
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    07-29-2013, 10:55 PM
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It's too hard for me to see real details from that distance. I think your horse is a wonderful horse to learn on and you have a great start. One can see that you are very dependent on gripping to stay on , and you are very ridig in the body which is one reason why the hands are not moving with the horse as they should. But, all of that comes in time. You can't DO it just because someone tells you how to. You have to Do it, and Do it, and Do it and eventually, things fall into place when you have the balance and strength to start working more on the details such as where you hand goes or such.

This video will be invaluable to you in a year. You won't beleive you once cantered like that!
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    07-30-2013, 12:25 AM
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Foal
Good job so far! Way to record yourself, I know sometimes it can be intimidating! I'm going to have to agree with the arms thing-having a steady contact will be so much more comfortable for you guys. I remember in my first few lessons I wasn't getting it, so my teacher stopped us and grabbed one rein between the bit and my hand and showed me how much I should fell all the time. And she showed me how my lack of contact was jabbing the horse in the mouth every time the reins were kind of flopping around. I guess what I'm trying to say is you are going to have a breakthrough about your hands! And it will be exciting. Many horses really enjoy having that elastic contact (I can't say all, because I don't know too many horses) and very obvious direction. Maybe next time, think about one pound of resistance, and it may help your hands to stay with the horse's movement and potentially get rid of that head tossing you wrote about. But seriously, good for you! Check out Erica Poseley on youtube. She has some videos about independent seat and her elastic contact with the reins video is pretty cool! Have fun!
     
    07-30-2013, 02:20 AM
  #5
Foal
Haha thanks a lot for the input guys. I can't believe I didn't film myself sooner, there are so many things I wouldn't have noticed until my instructor pointed them out. I'm definitely going to focus on loosening up the hands and not being so rigid.

I'm definitely going to start filming more regularly to see how I'm doing (and hopefully progressing!)
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    07-31-2013, 04:43 PM
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You are very insecure with your balance and need to seriously work on this.
I don't think he was getting rowdy because it was near the end of the lesson but because he was fed up with your very unsteady hands which were socking him in the mouth.

Now, you have a lot to improve on. I would make you ride without stirrups, reins in one hand and two fingers under the front of the saddle, try and pull the saddle off his back. This will make you sit deeper in the saddle and help you develop a strong sitting trot and better balance.
Do this, not worrying to much over where he is going in the arena. Concentrate on your siting deep. Every now and then let go with your fingers and, when you can remain sitting deep without pulling up on the saddle, you are getting there!
     
    07-31-2013, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
You are very insecure with your balance and need to seriously work on this.
I don't think he was getting rowdy because it was near the end of the lesson but because he was fed up with your very unsteady hands which were socking him in the mouth.

Now, you have a lot to improve on. I would make you ride without stirrups, reins in one hand and two fingers under the front of the saddle, try and pull the saddle off his back. This will make you sit deeper in the saddle and help you develop a strong sitting trot and better balance.
Do this, not worrying to much over where he is going in the arena. Concentrate on your siting deep. Every now and then let go with your fingers and, when you can remain sitting deep without pulling up on the saddle, you are getting there!
this sounds like stuff that a good instructor would say, one that you'd love to hate after a long lesson of trotting without stirrups and such.
     
    07-31-2013, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
You are very insecure with your balance and need to seriously work on this.
I don't think he was getting rowdy because it was near the end of the lesson but because he was fed up with your very unsteady hands which were socking him in the mouth.

Now, you have a lot to improve on. I would make you ride without stirrups, reins in one hand and two fingers under the front of the saddle, try and pull the saddle off his back. This will make you sit deeper in the saddle and help you develop a strong sitting trot and better balance.
Do this, not worrying to much over where he is going in the arena. Concentrate on your siting deep. Every now and then let go with your fingers and, when you can remain sitting deep without pulling up on the saddle, you are getting there!
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
this sounds like stuff that a good instructor would say, one that you'd love to hate after a long lesson of trotting without stirrups and such.
Thanks a lot for the tips, I agree this is the kind of stuff that I need my instructor to do with me. In my lessons we don't really do exercises like that, but rather she watches me ride. I'm going to ask her if we can do something more focused so I can fix my issues.
     

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