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post #1 of 33 Old 02-07-2011, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Critique of horse and my riding

Here we go *hides face* have at it, pick it apart. Any strong points as well as weak ones are appreciated. Also looking for any input you happen to have on the horse. His name is Dakota. He is my 16 year old, 15 hand, lease quarter horse. I am 18, tiny and not growin anymore xD. The video is a few months old (notice the lovely weather D: oh how I miss it..) So a few things have improved. My sitting trot being one of them. I just watched my attempt here and cringed. The canter has improved a bit. I also know I am on the wrong diagonal for a lot of the video I believe. I often forget to pay attention to it
I have a more recent bareback jumping video I will also upload soon for you all.

*snore* that only took 2 hours to upload...
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post #2 of 33 Old 02-07-2011, 06:18 PM
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Your heels is what I noticed first.
And your leg isn't very still, unless your constantly bumping the horse to keep it going.

The horse is shaking his head a lot. That can either mean attitude or discomfort.
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post #3 of 33 Old 02-07-2011, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, He doesn't do that often, he was being particularly bratty that day too (I usually don't even carry a crop, but of course, when you want to tape it x[ it was for a college application) so I did have to keep bumping him to keep him going. Not sure about how consistently, I will watch again. Thanks though! I will keep an eye on my heel and leg next time i get to ride.
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post #4 of 33 Old 02-07-2011, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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I agree I need to keep my lower leg more still, and doesn't do that often I was refering to the head tossing. He typically never does it but I get a day here and there he doys *even bareback so a saddle fit isn't the issue. It is rare though.
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post #5 of 33 Old 02-07-2011, 07:25 PM
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From what I see you are lacking strength in your legs. You are falling hard on your horses back and bouncing out of the saddle instead of using your legs to post. This is causing your hands to fly around and jerk your horses head. The head shaking is not attitude or lack of training - he is trying to get away from your hands.

IMO you need to go back to basics and build up your leg. I like lunge lessons without stirrups or reins.
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post #6 of 33 Old 02-07-2011, 07:35 PM
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Your lower leg is not really an issue. In fact , the lower leg should move a little as the horse breathes and if you really look at it, the leg only moves a little as you put weight into it then sit down (no weight), weight in (stand) then sit. It didnt move forward/backward. THAT is a problem, but flexing out and back a little is not a problem , especaially since I did not see you actually putting your heel on rythmically. Over all your leg is good.

In fact, let me tell the good first:

You ride very lightly and sympathetically. YOu are not bumping around and you allowed the horse to move both forward/backward and side to side in his barrel as he moved laterally. YOur leg stayed on him like a "wet towel" and your vertical position of upper body was good and moved very littel (have more to say about that , tho). YOur hands were pretty steady and you had a feeling of calmness in the way you rode. The horse seems pretty relaxed except for his barging the reins and head tossing, but that seems like ingrained school horse behaviour. Your transition to trot and canter was pretty good.
Now , the bad;

Your seat , while not noisy, is not strong either. YOu do not have your horse "connected" to your hands and your core. The horse is not really on the aides. He is kind of drifting along and just seems to happen to be going the way you want him to, and even then when he turns he is totally drifting either out or in throught the shoulder and has very poor balance. He is really draggging his front feet (evidenced by the amount of dust he kickes up, especially his right front). He is not connected at any time to his outside rein. I think he transitioned up to the canter in part because you were facing the gate, and he WANTS to go there because that's the way out to rest. If you asked for canter going the other way, would it come so easily? When he dropped out of the canter, was that your's or his idea? You didn't have a strong enough core to keep yourself from falling forward, and that was partly due to a weak seat and partly due to HIM making the decision to stop there. If you were more actively RIDING him rather than passively going along with him, you could have felt he was about to break and you could have put a leg on and picked him up and moved him on.

IN general , you need to work on more contact, having an inside and an outside rein and putting your horse between your legs/seat and those reins. Get some energy out of him, so he'll start to pick kup his feet and this will help with his balance. I can see that he is stiff, but it doesn't seem to be a real physical issue, but rather a habit of putting out as little as he can get by with.

I look forward to seeing a newer video.
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Thank you! I have had a very difficult time with canter (he stops as he pleases regardless of my attempt to keep him going) He used to do this at a trot but we have come to understand he isn't allowed to be so lazy....He does try to get away with things as he pleases. He isn't a lesson horse and typically goes western with his owner so getting used to the contact also caused his head tossing at the beginning. He doesn't do it anymore as he is more used to my keeping contact. He does put out quite a bit more energy and will power with his owner, i will say that much.
I hope to get the other video up in a few minutes. As long as it does not take as long as this one. It isn't as long and there isn't as much to critique I don't think.
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I can tell that that horse has a lot more umph to him than he's giving you. He is actually a really nice looking horse and once you become more able to connect him to your seat and rein, you will be able to kind of "string" his power, like stinging a bow, and have a lot more horse under you. Him stopping the canter where he wants to is definitely a time for you to get after him pronto. A couple of times of you getting him a quick smack for that and he will take you much more seriously.
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Will do ;) thanks! Unfortunately I haven't been to the barn in a while and don't have a current lease on him. And the video I will work on tomorrow, the works are clogged up here and the pages are taking forever long to open, I can't watch any videos, and the upload page won't connect.
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Hmmm, I for some reason noticed your hands. They were pretty steady though can be steadier. My old trainer was big on keeping ones hands absolutely quiet and perfectly still... gave me the habit of obsessing on them as well! lol :P Overall I find you did rather well. Keep practicing. :)

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