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        01-17-2011, 07:58 AM
    Critique movement, potential, riding type, his and mine?

    I am an adult re-rider so be kind ;) Please note my teacher had me working on trying to turn him by focusing on my shoulders turning to then naturally move my leg, etc. - when I turn my shoulders he bends way better with little to no reins - so in the trot videos I look a bit discombulated. I am looking for opinions on his movement - how does he move, does he have hunter or dressage potential? Do you see any offness. It was very windy and cold, and he is older - I had a tough time keeping him at gait for now - some days he is VERY forward, especially in an indoor but this day I had a tough time keeping him forward hence all the leg and pumping action - my crop was put away at the time due to the exercises we were doing. That's all I'll say for now and that he is FAB on trails. He is an Appy by the way, super safe and quiet abd he is a saint, but he can really have get up and go.

    I know I need to QUIET my upper body and my canter needs alot of work. Please ignore the video titles as they don't match the riding and direction we are going osmetimes, and turn your volume down - it's pretty windy!

    Would love any and all thoughts on how he uses his body, his movement, head, etc. and me! Thanks!

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        01-17-2011, 08:07 AM
    Can't critique anything because when you click on the videos it says that it's a private video and that you need to accept the sender's friend request. So you might want to fix that for anyone to actually critique that. :).
        01-17-2011, 05:43 PM
    So sorry about that! I just changed them to be viewable. Here are the 3 links again.

        01-17-2011, 10:03 PM
    It looks like you could work on stabilizing your leg and drop your heels down. However it's kind of far away. It looks like you just propped the camera up on something and pressed record... Maybe you have a friend who could record it more closely?
        01-18-2011, 11:02 AM
    First off I want to say that your trainer seems like one tough cookie! I cannot stand trainers like that they make me so nervous!!

    Second.. I really would like to see you sit taller and open your shoulders. Your slouching. Heels down, keep your leg stabilized. At the canter it looks like pumping with your hands.

    Third.. I'd really like to see the horse move more forward. It looks like he's being lazy, you really wanna make him engage his hind end more.

    Other than that I've got nothing :) Your horse is pretty though :)
        01-18-2011, 11:16 AM
    Thanks! I have been watching the videos over and over and knew something looked off with my upper body. I have always been a "forward leaner" but I like how you noticed "slouching". That is so very true and what a helpful observation. I wonder if one of those shoulders-back things would help me?

    At the canter I was pumping with everything as he was being lazy. She had me drop my crop for this session due to the exercises we were doing in the beginning. He needed a good tap with it. He can be ring-lazy. He LOVES to be out on trails and is very forward in the indoor we sometimes use....but on cold days in the ring, he needs to be encouraged. WHen he gets lazy, I tend to pump or tip forward in "motorcycle mode" (picture someone leaning on one of those low-handled motorcycles! LOL).

    As for my trainer, she is one of the kindest sweetest people I know. She sounds tough as she really holds me to a high standard. She knows I can do better and I have had a TOUGH time with one sidedness tracking right. We have worked so hard on it and in this lesson she caught me using too much rein and getting some of my old habits back. She is an awesome trainer - upper level eventer. Thanks and more please!
        01-19-2011, 12:54 AM
    It is really hard to see with the great distance from the camera.
    I did notice that you have your hands way out in front of your core. They need to be more connected to your center of balance and strength; your core.
    Put some bend in your elbow, get your arms down against your sides and bring your hands in closer to you.
    When you turn your shoulders into the turn, your hands must stay right over the withers, so they don't turn but stay exactly in the same place in relation to the horse. They would only change if you picked up the inside rein and shortended it or moved it away from the horse in a "leading rein" motion.
    I though you did very well on your change of direction on the trot circles and in general, I think you ride extremely well for a reride beginner adult. The appy is darling! You two will be showing this summer!

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