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        01-15-2009, 08:01 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    Critique Dakota and me again!

    Hey everyone! Time for another critique of me and Dakota! This will be the last critique of us for a while because my parents refuse to film more than once every few months, especially in the winter. Here are 4 videos of us jumping. Any advice is welcome and appreciated, I look forward to what you all have to say!

         
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        01-15-2009, 03:51 PM
      #2
    Foal
    You two look really really good.

    You are an excellent rider and you are ready to take on the responsibility of picking and choosing your spots.
    You need to guide you horse through your turns, and get him looking through his turn instead of having his face towards the outside. That is no good. He needs to see where he's going, and he needs to be engaged, and you have to ride every step and really feel him and pick a distance.
    Is it going to be a good distance? Or is it going to be an awkward spot where he's either going to go long or chip?

    He looks like he's a bit of a speedy pony, and you are doing a great job with keeping him steady.

    Just remember to get him looking through his corners and for you to really start feeling him.
         
        01-15-2009, 04:09 PM
      #3
    Foal
    I agree with what ohhellneely said - you need to be more in charge. I am assuming that the horse is a lesson horse, but you are a strong enough rider to be in charge. The first two videos he seemed a little sluggish, im guesing both of you were tired and that this was towards the end of your lesson? This is where I think you look your best, you are sitting up, your leg is very nice and still and your are staying with him more. The last two videos are a little unpolished. He seems to be in control of the distance, pace, etc. I like that he looks more lively in these videos though. For you, I would sit down on your butt more. Instead of overdoing the release and throwing the reins away, hold onto them more. At one point I paused the video and your hands were up by his neck - by holding the reins a little tighter, I think the landing will be smoother and you will be in more control. The bigger releases are essential for beginners as they are still learning how to balance. Sorry for the long post, im a wee bored!!!
         
        01-15-2009, 04:57 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ohhellneely    
    You two look really really good.

    You are an excellent rider and you are ready to take on the responsibility of picking and choosing your spots.
    You need to guide you horse through your turns, and get him looking through his turn instead of having his face towards the outside. That is no good. He needs to see where he's going, and he needs to be engaged, and you have to ride every step and really feel him and pick a distance.
    Is it going to be a good distance? Or is it going to be an awkward spot where he's either going to go long or chip?

    He looks like he's a bit of a speedy pony, and you are doing a great job with keeping him steady.

    Just remember to get him looking through his corners and for you to really start feeling him.
    Thanks so much for the critique! I have never learned bending around corners before, but I am now with my new instructor. So far I am only able to bend him at the walk and am working on it at the trot. Soon I'll be able to bend him at the canter, too, I hope!

    We have also been working on finding the spot in my lesson. In one of those videos he goes really long both times on the outside lines. I was kinda letting him run and wasn't really thinking which is probably why we messed up. Lately I have been finding that if I collect him on the approach to the jump without letting him run around, and if I take a good feel on his mouth a few strides away, we can usually get a good spot. Sometimes, though, I will be trying to find the right spot and I see it, but it's too late to make it work... lol.
         
        01-15-2009, 05:10 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by juju    
    I agree with what ohhellneely said - you need to be more in charge. I am assuming that the horse is a lesson horse, but you are a strong enough rider to be in charge.
    First of all thanks for the critique! He is a lesson horse, I ride him once a week.

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    The first two videos he seemed a little sluggish, im guesing both of you were tired and that this was towards the end of your lesson? This is where I think you look your best, you are sitting up, your leg is very nice and still and your are staying with him more. The last two videos are a little unpolished. He seems to be in control of the distance, pace, etc. I like that he looks more lively in these videos though.

    For you, I would sit down on your butt more. Instead of overdoing the release and throwing the reins away, hold onto them more. At one point I paused the video and your hands were up by his neck - by holding the reins a little tighter, I think the landing will be smoother and you will be in more control. The bigger releases are essential for beginners as they are still learning how to balance. Sorry for the long post, im a wee bored!!!
    Just out of curiosity, where did you pause? And yeah sometimes I feel like I'm posting to the canter! D= Especially when I'm slowing down, I stand in the stirrups a bit which is baad. A little confused, you said I shouldn't release as much, but then you say a big release is essential for a beginner? As a rule I try to give a release like halfway up the horse's neck, but sometimes I end up all the way up by the ears! In my last lesson I found Dakota was knocking the rails when I wouldn't release as long... like I would put my hands as far foward as I normally do, but I would sit down too soon or something, I guess.
         
        01-15-2009, 09:39 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Whats the horses name? Also, how old is he?

    The release: I believe that you are past the beginner stage of jumping! :) You are cantering a two foot course nicely, you just have a few glitches, I'd give yourself a little more credit. He, the horse, may have been knocking rails, like you said, because you are sitting on his back to early. I *dont think* he should be knocking rails because of a tighter release (please correct me if im wrong).

    I sooo know what you mean about the posting to the canter. The horse I leased last year had one of the most uncomfortable canters I have ever sat to. I would do a course and try to sit and every once in a while I would post! I think that you looked really good in the first two videos, I never saw the posting problem until the last two.
         
        01-15-2009, 10:11 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by juju    
    Whats the horses name? Also, how old is he?
    His name is Dakota. I'm not sure about his age. He used to be a western horse until he came to the barn I ride at about a year ago. He has really taken to jumping, absolutely loves it. My instructor is trying to train him to be a hunter/jumper. He still tries to lope when I canter him though, he hangs his head way by his feet. But once we start jumping he's fine!

    Quote:
    The release: I believe that you are past the beginner stage of jumping! :) You are cantering a two foot course nicely, you just have a few glitches, I'd give yourself a little more credit. He, the horse, may have been knocking rails, like you said, because you are sitting on his back to early. I *dont think* he should be knocking rails because of a tighter release (please correct me if im wrong).
    I will try not releasing so much in my lesson next Wednesday and see how he goes. Unfortunately I won't be able to get video, but I'll write an update. XD

    Quote:
    I sooo know what you mean about the posting to the canter. The horse I leased last year had one of the most uncomfortable canters I have ever sat to. I would do a course and try to sit and every once in a while I would post! I think that you looked really good in the first two videos, I never saw the posting problem until the last two.
    Thanks again for all the tips, it's much appreciated! I love reading critiques because I usually see things I never noticed even after watching the videos several times! =D
         
        01-16-2009, 03:52 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    I really like the position of your leg. :]
         
        01-16-2009, 06:34 PM
      #9
    Foal
    I agree, the more you read critques and see people ride, the more you improve and the more everything makes sense.
         
        01-16-2009, 06:39 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gotxhorses    
    I really like the position of your leg. :]
    Thanks!!
         

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