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    11-10-2009, 01:21 AM
Critique Me and R-Bob?

I'll just quickly intorduce myself as I'm brand spankin' new here! :]
My name is Rachel and I own a 5 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding named Robbie, Roberto or R-Bob (his pimp name haha). He's a 16.2hh dapple grey and I've owned him for just over 6 months now. We do the hunter/jumper circut and we hope to do some eventing in the near future!

I've been working alot on sitting up and keeping my center of balance behind the vertical and trying to undo my let's-sit-really-far-forward-in-two-point-and-throw-Robbie-off-ness. :] My trainer says she's seen improvement within the last little while, but I was wondering if you guys could help me out too and point out some things I could work on. :] Also, feel free to critique Robbie and his movement too and what he can work on.
All the pics are fairly recent, some jumping and some flat without stirrups. So be brutally honest and thanks in advance. :] :]

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    11-10-2009, 01:24 AM
No critique from me as I don't ride english. I just wanted to pop in and say welcome to the forum and tell you that Robbie is absolutely stunning and the 2 of you look really good together.
    11-10-2009, 07:34 AM
The one major thing I see is that you're staring down in all the pictures. I'll post a more thorough critique later.
    11-10-2009, 08:23 AM
Welcome! I hope you enjoy it here as much as I do! = )

You and R-Bob look great together! When you are jumping your lower leg is so solid! I wish my lower leg was like that!

One thing I have to comment on is that in some of the pictures you are leaning forward. And as equuestriaan said, you are looking down alot. Try to sit abit more back, and let your body sink into the saddle.

Oh, and R-Bob's jump is fantastic! Lovely form over the jumps. Although he seems a little on the forehand? Or is it just me?

Again, welcome. = )
    11-10-2009, 12:16 PM
You have piano hands in the flat pics too. That's all I noticed. But I don't ride english any more so that's all I can point out
    11-10-2009, 01:24 PM
I think you two look awesome together.

Aside from being a bit too far forward in some of the jump photos, looking down alot, and having too much bend in your wrists, I think you are looking really good.

Your horse has a really nice jump. In the one pic he has taken off a bit too early, but this can be fixed using jump\trot poles in from of a jump to give him a better idea where he can take off from. It will also help you visualize where he should take off, and you can adjust your seat position to help him reach that spot.

In the flat, he does seem to occasionally lose his drive from behind; in the trot pics, he looks fairly decent, but in the one where he is cantering, he is definitely leaving his hindend behind, so to speak! He should stay rounded right up to and over the jump. Really concentrate on where you are sitting on him, and balance your weight differently if he seems to move his power to the front end (sit back on your seat more, to encourage him to drop back to his hind quarters). Half halts can help in this area as well, as it gives him a chance to rebalance himself, and get his rear drive back.
    11-10-2009, 02:31 PM
Welcome! I don't have time to critique right now but I will later :)
    11-10-2009, 11:18 PM
Ok three things that I see (and they are totally the three things I fight with fixing all the time)
1. Look up
2. Turn those thumbs up on the flat
3. Turn those toes a little more forward

Otherwise I am IN LOVE with your horse and want him. If you want to pass him on to me I will gladly take him!!
    11-10-2009, 11:49 PM
On the flat mostly is your problem
- toes in
- get those thumbs pointed up
- try and lift your hands it will help you get your seat back and get that drive from the hind quarters

NB- her toes are pointed out
    11-11-2009, 01:10 AM
Thanks for the replies guys! I'm glad to hear that we aren't doing too bad together! :] And thank you for all the compliments about Robbie, I'm sure his ego will like to know others like him as much as I do. :] :]

My trainer gets after me a lot about my piano hands. XD I have a super bad habit with bending at the wrist instead of at the elbow. I was taught to do that when I first started riding, so it's hard to get out of it haha. But I will focus much more on keeping them straight!
I will also try and keep my eyes up instead of looking at Robbie's head! I never think that I am looknig down when I am riding, but once I see pictures it looks horrible haha. I think I am more concerned about Robbie's head placement instead of where I am going...I will msot deffinitely work on keeping my eyes up. :]
Thanks for all the critiques on my riding, now I really know what to work on during hacking. :3

For Robbie, the reason he looks so on the forehand is that he is bum high. Like, super duper bum high. His bum is about half a hand higher than his he very downhill and constantly on his forehand. You guys aren't seeing things haha. He will even out since he is only 5 and still growing a super duper amount, so I'm sure his power from behind will come once he evens out. :]

I do have one question though, I know alot of you are saying to point my toes more forward, but how should I use my spur if it's not even on his side? Robbie is a very tough horse to get going on the flat, so I'm constantly nudging him with my spur. If my toes are pointed in, I can't use my spur on his side and he totally ignores my calf so he loses tons of power from his hind end. How can I keep him going even with my toes pointed in? :] :]

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