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post #1 of 10 Old 11-13-2010, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Critique flat work

I hope that these link for the pics work.

I know that I need to bring my hands up and keep my thumbs up. What else? And, how does she look? She was a competitive jumper when I got her, but I am trying to re-train her for pleasure.

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-13-2010, 08:07 PM
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what links?

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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Your horse is very lovely... she appears to be heavy on the forehand, though.
As for you, the most glaring thing is your seat.. you seem to be too far back in your saddle, and are "perched". Is your saddle too big? It is hard to tell. You should scoot your butt up/forward a bit, and relax your back. (You are arching your back)
I would also like to see you shorten your reins, so your hand is more in front of the saddle. I think you could shorten your stirrups a little, also, so you sink down in your heel some more.
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You have a nice arm - your upper arm hangs parallel to your body, and you usually have a straight line from elbow to bit, except when she ducks her head too low.
What really bothers me the most is that you have tilted your head back. I suppose it's more of an esthetic issue, but just dropping your chin a bit would make a huge difference!

I think ImagineThat covered the rest pretty well.
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absolutly classic example of a horse ducking its head and running on his forehand with his hocks in the next county. He is breaking at the 3rd vertibrae instead of at the poll and he is deffinatly not tracking up.

You need to bring your hands up and out of your crotch and you are leaning forwards, try to relax your back and bring your shoulders back by trying to bring your shoulder blades together. Whilst they do say look up, they don't mean stick your nose in the air however this should hopefully correct itself when you sort your back.

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Your horse is very lovely... she appears to be heavy on the forehand, though.
As for you, the most glaring thing is your seat.. you seem to be too far back in your saddle, and are "perched". Is your saddle too big? It is hard to tell. You should scoot your butt up/forward a bit, and relax your back. (You are arching your back)
I would also like to see you shorten your reins, so your hand is more in front of the saddle. I think you could shorten your stirrups a little, also, so you sink down in your heel some more.

Thanks. She is an absolute doll that I rescued from a very bad situation. She does travel a little heavy on the forehand. This was early into trying some corrective shoeing for her hocks, which have some issues. I wish I had more recent pics, this is from Memorial Day as it says. I might be able to find a video. Although I have not shortened my reins since then, need to be long for pleasure, I have brought my hands up. Unfortunately that is as short as the stirrups go unless I get new leathers. Oh, the joys of being short. I will try to change my head position, which I usually do at shows out of nerves, and I think that might solve the back. Thanks again for being friendly and helpful.
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You have a nice arm - your upper arm hangs parallel to your body, and you usually have a straight line from elbow to bit, except when she ducks her head too low.
What really bothers me the most is that you have tilted your head back. I suppose it's more of an esthetic issue, but just dropping your chin a bit would make a huge difference!

I think ImagineThat covered the rest pretty well.

Thanks for your input. I am going to work on the head thing. I never noticed it until show pics so I'm thinking it's a nerves thing. I'm going to dig and see if I can find home pics and see if it's like that in those.

I am super happy about your compliment on my line from the bit to elbow. I have read a lot about that and I try to keep it that way. Some people tell me to shorten or move the hands, which I have tried to bring up some, but then you get disconnect. Also, I'm not sure of your current riding disciplines but although the saddle is the same some of the open show flat classes call for different seating/rein carriage, but I agree about my head.

She is heavy on the forehand but is getting better. Her "bum" is finally getting built up after some hill work and corrective shoeing and she is starting to rock back. I had only had her for about 8 months at this point and the first 3 were spent getting some weight on her and taking care of some health problems.

Thanks for your advice and for being nice about it.
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absolutly classic example of a horse ducking its head and running on his forehand with his hocks in the next county. He is breaking at the 3rd vertibrae instead of at the poll and he is deffinatly not tracking up.

You need to bring your hands up and out of your crotch and you are leaning forwards, try to relax your back and bring your shoulders back by trying to bring your shoulder blades together. Whilst they do say look up, they don't mean stick your nose in the air however this should hopefully correct itself when you sort your back.

There is no need to be rude. I think that the forum specifically says to offer friendly, helpful advice. Your post didn't fulfill either.
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Thanks. She is an absolute doll that I rescued from a very bad situation. She does travel a little heavy on the forehand. This was early into trying some corrective shoeing for her hocks, which have some issues. I wish I had more recent pics, this is from Memorial Day as it says. I might be able to find a video. Although I have not shortened my reins since then, need to be long for pleasure, I have brought my hands up. Unfortunately that is as short as the stirrups go unless I get new leathers. Oh, the joys of being short. I will try to change my head position, which I usually do at shows out of nerves, and I think that might solve the back. Thanks again for being friendly and helpful.

Ohh ok, I don't know much about pleasure. I was going by more H/J ways... Get a hole punch and just punch a couple more holes in your leathers, that way you won't have to buy new ones :)
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