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post #1 of 7 Old 08-12-2013, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Critique? (flat)

It's been a little while, so thought I'd put up a video. This is a few weeks old, but close enough!

I'm pretty aware of my issues, but I always appreciate another eye.

It also has a tiny bit of canter... the first canter I've put up on the net. So not looking for too harsh a critique there. I'm FINALLY starting to relax into the gait and not think he will run off with me, lol (only did it a couple times a while back, but it was enough to completely ruin my canter confidence.) Only a month or so ago I was hunched over in near fetal position, so despite the obvious work that's still to come, I'm happy with the progress.

It's a fairly short vid, quickly compiled. Realized now that it's sort of one sided, but oh well.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-12-2013, 09:05 AM
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I think your horse looks nicely relaxed. You look good but 2 things:
1) sit up straighter, as you seem to be leaning back and as a result be in a chair seat - I think posting at the trot would help you realise this (hard to post if not in the right position).

2) I would like to see your hands a little more forward (so reins shorter) and maybe a little higher at times

Canter looks good but I would maybe a little more energy, but this can come when you feel more comfortable I'm sure!

Overall nice!
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-12-2013, 09:45 AM
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You and your horse make a pretty picture ! I'd suggest pushing your shoulders back and looking up a bit more and it will straighten you up a bit as like the above poster said you are leaning back a bit, but overall nice!
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-13-2013, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your thoughts! Yes, it's a terrible habit of a position I've gotten myself in... mostly caused by me working too hard to keep him forward. Gotta nag him less...
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-13-2013, 12:48 AM
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Lovely arms, wowza girly :)

Okay now you aren't using your leg as well as you could. Notice how your heel creeps up instead of having your leg staying down and stretching.

You're using a lot of driving seat for this horse. Does he not keep his gait on his own? I feel if he needs constant encouragement to go forward then a whip may be a better choice so you don't get too far behind your shoulder-hip-heel alignment.

The canter segment was short but I noticed your leg kind of shudders forward, probably from not getting that weight down the inside of your leg to your heel!

Very minor changes, but it'll make for an even nicer ride :)

ETA: I feel if you slide your leg back a fraction at the canter, and ask for forward it will help him to begin to come more off of his forehand cause atm I'm not sure what is truly driving him forward since your legs are infront of the girth.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-13-2013, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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He keeps gait, but he slows down A LOT. It's a constant thing, but made worse by me nagging. The few times my coach has hopped on she just gets him so forward with no effort from her!!!! How.... ='( But basically, I'm nagging so he starts to ignore me, so I get worse and so on.

I DO ride with a whip, lol. It gets his attention, but it doesn't really faze him.

But yeeeep. Really frustrating because I can feel my leg creeping forward and up instead of down. I correct it, but then I lose all forwardness so I focus on that, and then it creeps up again!!! XP It's getting better, but still a work in progress.

For canter, I'm still not very confident. I think 'forward!' but I know my body goes 'nope, good right we are.' >.> I'm just trying to focus on keeping my upper body still and stretching down and relaxing as opposed to his energy. For now.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-17-2013, 05:41 AM
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Lovely horse and riding, but try shortening your reins a tiny bit. Its really distracting :)
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