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post #21 of 30 Old 08-26-2010, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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lol thank you and yeahh, she has a problem with bending to the outside at the canter... but were working on it and almost got it straight! She tends to do it especially to the left side because she has very still muscles on that side of her neck apparently... but weve been doing dressage in our lessons to help loosen her up a bit and really get it so she goes into a nice frame and has a proper bend at the poll. Her courses look B-e-a-u-tiful now! Had the best lesson of my life on her last week becuase I used your guys feedback!(: thanks!

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post #22 of 30 Old 08-26-2010, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys! We have been working on dressage alot in our lesson and bending at the poll to the left with her because she seems to have tight muscles there. She's loosened up alot and I hope to post some new videos soon of her doing higher jumps because she seems to bend better then when I ask because she knows that its going to screw her up if she doesnt! And I do agree wwith Allison and part of the problem with my butt too far out of the saddle is with my heels. Thanks again and keep posting!(:

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post #23 of 30 Old 08-26-2010, 12:25 PM
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I want to start off saying that you have some very nice basics set in place. You seem to know your pony well and how to handle her. Also don't worry about the height of the jumps- you can learn from anything ;)
So the two major things I noticed have to do with you leg. I noticed that when you go over the jumps your heel actually comes up a bit and seems to float a little. Be sure that you are sinking you weight into your heels. Also it looks like you are gripping with your knee because over some of the jumps it is rotating out and your lower leg is swinging back a tad bit. Hold your calf on your pony while you go over the jump.
Also on a couple jumps I noticed that you are on her neck a couple times. Remember she is a pony and you don't want to lean too much weight on her front end. Really focus on keeping you balance over the middle of your saddle and your upperbody off her neck.

Otherwise, I really like your back and eyes. You are looking where you are going next and you back is nice and flat. And your hip angle is very nice as well as you go over the jumps. I like your release as well, just make sure you don't plant your hands.

Overall a very nice package and well matched team. Just tweak a few things and you will be an awesome rider!
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post #24 of 30 Old 08-30-2010, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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thank you very much(: I have new vides from CHSA Finals that I will also post in a few ddays(:

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post #25 of 30 Old 02-08-2011, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Bumppp! :d

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post #26 of 30 Old 02-08-2011, 05:07 PM
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This goes for you vids in the other thread as well:

I see a nice pony going around the ring with a passenger. The pace isn't even, the jumps are not consistent, the leads and changes are left up to the horse and you aren't really doing too much to fix those things.
I would have you doing a lot more no stirrup work to MAKE you sit in the saddle and ride to the fences. You are perching to them and jumping ahead of the horse - leading to a chip and an unbalanced landing. Through the corners your pony is really quickening the stride to try and get her feet under her that she doesn't fall down. Especially when riding horses who are a bit on the small side - we always have to be conscious of our balance! Don't lean into the corners.
Finally - leads. Know them, ride them and make the changes accurate. Half the time I can't tell what lead the horse is on and when she is swapping for you - her haunches are at least a stride late.

Dressage lessons would really improve your eq. Remember eq is not just about looking pretty - it is also about how we influence the horse!!

Good luck! You are very lucky to have such a nice hrose to learn on - take advantage of it!!

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post #27 of 30 Old 02-08-2011, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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thanks! The only problem is (not trying to make excuses) you can't sit the canter on her because that makes her go faster... and the thing about the leads is she doesnt have changes normally loll. Those were the first clean changes I've gotten on her and we were unbalanced alot so she switched loll. So I think when we work on having her straight and not running through the bit she will get better at that.(: and I do agree with pace, that's a big problem at horse shows, but she is fine with it at home loll. And yes, when im riding her at shows I tend to be more on the passangers side because I focus on keeping her from not running away! Lol. But I will work on the focus issues! Lol

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post #28 of 30 Old 02-08-2011, 07:55 PM
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A half seat on course doesn't really bother me, especially for a pony rider (been there, done that, don't blame you). However, you do need to be a bit more active in your guidance. Work on a consistent forward pace. When you had it, you had nice distances, but when you didn't you chipped. I'm not a huge fan of the hunter thing of riding with your hands low. It causes the the rider to tip forward and consequently the horse. You need to rotate your balance back a bit and raise your hands, it should also help bring your horse on to the bit. As already stated, use those corners. I was always told to take advantage of the corners, not get them over with. Put your weight into your outside leg, lift that inside hand and bed the horse around the inside leg. Suddenly your pony will be able to take the longer strides rather than having to do the choppy little ones through the turns. Most of this is flat work that needs fixing (dressage really). I think you're a good rider for this level, but you need finesse to be competitive in further levels.

Usually a horse being quick at a canter when the rider is sitting is usually all mental on the rider's part. Try exhaling as you ask for the canter, gently pushing the pony into it, and keep breathing. Allow your leg to just swing and relax through the hip and knee. Usually it's tension in your seat that causes you to inadvertently push the horse faster.
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post #29 of 30 Old 02-08-2011, 07:57 PM
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Alright, I think I'm obsessed with the word usually. =) Sorry
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post #30 of 30 Old 02-09-2011, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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hahah that's ookay!^ and I havent ridden this pony in a while but when I get back into riding her specifically we are working on dressage alot. I have a trainer who is an expert in dressage and would have gone to the olympics, but a bad fall put her out of commission for a whilee! She knows this pony forward and back so im hoping when I get back on her that we can get even better with the courses and the flat work! And the hands thing all makes sense to me now! Lol thanks!

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