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    08-28-2014, 12:01 PM
Critique Horse and Rider - Dressage w/ Video

Figure I will toss these out and see... this is my 19 OTTB gelding. We do Training Level/First Level dressage. He is an ex hunter/jumper, but obviously learned 2/3rd level dressage somewhere during his life. Now, I just stick with Training/First in his older age.

I have ridden Hunter/Jumper, Eventing, Dressage...was out of horses for 5 years and now came back. Take lessons 1x a week, and compete in Dressage. (Training level championships as well as do the rider tests -- those are my favorite!)

I think I sit too far back, and I need to tip myself forward a bit. I also have intense scoliosis, so I sit uneven and slouch, so I am always working on that. What do you all think? Horse and rider?

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    08-28-2014, 12:28 PM
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You do need to work on that leaning back thing - its also pushing you close to being over the front of the saddle every time you 'rise' on the trot. Its not going to make it easy to ride the horse between your hand and leg - not sure how much he holds himself in frame and how much you ride him forwards into your hand
    08-28-2014, 01:38 PM
Do you do drop reins exercises? I agree the leaning back thing you need to work on. I'm not sure how, I understand the scoliosis makes sitting straight a little more difficult. Do you do drop stirrup exercises too?
I'm trying to remember how my instructor taught us to be in the right position.

It's a visual, and muscle memory thing. If you have someone tell you when you're in the right position and remember how it feels, even if it feels off at first, it might help.
    08-28-2014, 04:44 PM
I do the drop rein exercise often, my trainer has me do it to make sure I am not holding my horse's head up (which I am not, when it comes to my horse, he could easily allow me to work on myself more than we do.)

Its odd because I never used to have this problem. This leaning back thing is rather new and I have no idea where it came from. I also know its way more rare than someone who sits too far forward, so I think its hard to figure out how to fix it.
    08-28-2014, 06:08 PM
Overall, not too bad.

The biggest issue that I see is that you need to open and close your elbows at the posting trot; that will ensure that you maintain a steady connection and quiet hand.

Also, because you are leaning back so much, you are behind the vertical which throws off your head, elbow, hip, heel alignment.

You might google Jane Savoie; she has some great videos on rider position.
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    08-28-2014, 07:49 PM
Have you tried the exercise where you stay up extra beats at the trot? The way you are currently aligned, I'm thinking you'd fall back into the saddle every time you try to stay up. It's an great exercise for quickly ferreting out balance issues.
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    08-29-2014, 10:17 AM
I'll have to try those exercises. I should also get a more updated video, those are from June admittedly; so, I wonder if I have changed a bit in the past 2 months. My trainer comments that I tend to lean back when he tells me to engage my core more, and that my hands are too quiet (i.e. I don't do anything with them. And they are just there and still, this is very apparent in the canter which is by far my weakest gait). My best gait is actually the sitting trot, I can sit anything after being drilled it on the lunge line in my earlier riding years.
    08-30-2014, 09:20 PM
Videos from yesterday's lesson...complete with some instructor commentary I guess, ha.
    08-30-2014, 09:25 PM
Originally Posted by Starcailer    
Videos from yesterday's lesson...complete with some instructor commentary I guess, ha.
hmmm...not bad...but did he say "canter to halt" transition? Seems a little ambitious.
    08-31-2014, 12:36 PM
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I think he did ask for that. The horse seems too heavy on the forehand and so not as well balanced as he needs to be for transitions, especially canter to halt or even to walk

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