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post #1 of 7 Old 04-06-2010, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Be Brutally Honest.

Heres a video of me at a clinic a week or two ago. Please please PLEASE ignore the little argument I had with that "cossy" person. She keeps hating on all of my videos and it makes me a little bit angry. But i'm not going to pick a fight with anybody on here lol. The girl has been sending me nasty messages about things that don't make sense so I apologize for my display of immature behavior.
So here you go, say what you need to say. Pick me to pieces
Ps, I know he is always on the wrong lead, but when I try to slow him down to get him to trot and change, we lose our momentum and he ends up walking, then I give him a smack and he bucks. Oh I can't win. Im also so slow changing leads that by the time I change my lead, we would be one stride away from the jump and my bum would be in the dirt haha, but if anyone has tips for simple changes on a lazy horse that would be amazing
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-06-2010, 05:09 PM
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Things to work on:
-you have an arch in your back. This puts all the pressure on your lower back and disrupts the natural movement of the horse, preventing him from properly reaching out with his hind legs. Move your seat more under you to relieve this pressure.
-Lean back and sit deep, your seat should absorb and move with his motion.
-have more weight in your heels and lengthen down your calf, especially over the jump.
-you may need to lengthen your reins for this, but you need to keep your hands closer to you and off of him unless you are 2 point. When your hands are stuck to his neck, his mouth bumps against your hands and he can't get contact, making him have to pivot around that spot and lose balance. There should be a line between his mouth and your hand, and the reins should feel like a stretchy band as your arms softly move with his motion.
-don't perch on your hands. Keep your thumbs up, not in. Make sure not to break the line at your wrist.
-keep your toes parallel instead of facing out.
-avoid pinching with your knees.

For the horse:
-you want him to feel in front of your leg. Right now he doesn't have much impulsion.
-keep him light on the forehand, so he isn't leaning on the bit.
-work on rounding his hind under him. Also, as a general rule you should ride more with your outside rein than your inside. If he is truly in contact, you should be able to drop your inside rein without him changing his frame.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-06-2010, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Things to work on:
-you have an arch in your back. This puts all the pressure on your lower back and disrupts the natural movement of the horse, preventing him from properly reaching out with his hind legs. Move your seat more under you to relieve this pressure.
-Lean back and sit deep, your seat should absorb and move with his motion.
-have more weight in your heels and lengthen down your calf, especially over the jump.
-you may need to lengthen your reins for this, but you need to keep your hands closer to you and off of him unless you are 2 point. When your hands are stuck to his neck, his mouth bumps against your hands and he can't get contact, making him have to pivot around that spot and lose balance. There should be a line between his mouth and your hand, and the reins should feel like a stretchy band as your arms softly move with his motion.
-don't perch on your hands. Keep your thumbs up, not in. Make sure not to break the line at your wrist.
-keep your toes parallel instead of facing out.
-avoid pinching with your knees.

For the horse:
-you want him to feel in front of your leg. Right now he doesn't have much impulsion.
-keep him light on the forehand, so he isn't leaning on the bit.
-work on rounding his hind under him. Also, as a general rule you should ride more with your outside rein than your inside. If he is truly in contact, you should be able to drop your inside rein without him changing his frame.

Thanks I have scoliosis so hence the curved back lol
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-06-2010, 06:38 PM
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FYI,

Scoliosis is a lateral deviation of the spine, not hyperflexion. Sitting correctly with your seatbones underneath you and a relaxed, flat lumbar spine is entirely possible with scoliosis.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-06-2010, 07:23 PM
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FYI,

Scoliosis is a lateral deviation of the spine, not hyperflexion. Sitting correctly with your seatbones underneath you and a relaxed, flat lumbar spine is entirely possible with scoliosis.
I was just going to say that! I had scoliosis and it is entirely possible to sit like that.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-06-2010, 07:53 PM
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Things to work on:
-you have an arch in your back. This puts all the pressure on your lower back and disrupts the natural movement of the horse, preventing him from properly reaching out with his hind legs. Move your seat more under you to relieve this pressure.
-Lean back and sit deep, your seat should absorb and move with his motion.
-have more weight in your heels and lengthen down your calf, especially over the jump.
-you may need to lengthen your reins for this, but you need to keep your hands closer to you and off of him unless you are 2 point. When your hands are stuck to his neck, his mouth bumps against your hands and he can't get contact, making him have to pivot around that spot and lose balance. There should be a line between his mouth and your hand, and the reins should feel like a stretchy band as your arms softly move with his motion.
-don't perch on your hands. Keep your thumbs up, not in. Make sure not to break the line at your wrist.
-keep your toes parallel instead of facing out.
-avoid pinching with your knees.

For the horse:
-you want him to feel in front of your leg. Right now he doesn't have much impulsion.
-keep him light on the forehand, so he isn't leaning on the bit.
-work on rounding his hind under him. Also, as a general rule you should ride more with your outside rein than your inside. If he is truly in contact, you should be able to drop your inside rein without him changing his frame.

You pretty much said everything but I have one more:
- RELAX: You seem a little stiff and "pinchy" if that makes sence. Your arms are really heavy and stiff on the bit as well. You really perch on your horses mouth, like Roro said above.

To help you relax and feel your horses movement better, try riding bareback a few times. (If that is possible for you and your horse to do safely.) When you do that, make sure you stretch your legs down and relax :) I do this all the time and it really helps me out.

Also, to help your arms and even your back, try riding with a crop on your back and keep it up by hooking your elbows around it. It should put your arms and shoulders in the right position when you put a little pressure on it. Even if you don't ride with it, try it in front of a mirror and get a feel for how your arms and shoulders feel. (For a bonus, it's a really good back stretch (: )

Overall, though, you seem to be a good rider. Keep up the good work on your very cute horse :)

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-06-2010, 09:04 PM
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I agree with them ^^ I'll helps ya works on yous backk. (:

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