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    10-14-2012, 03:14 PM
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Foal
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Hey guys,
I went to an arena last weekend and had my little sister take this video. Could you please tell me what I need to work on?
The video is pretty long and kind of shaky, I hope it's enough to go by!

I don't currently have a saddle (my horse outgrew both) so I've been doing lots of bareback riding. I'm a western rider (but I'm hoping to do a bit of english this year), and I've only been riding for a year. I want your criticism, but please try to be nice about it. I haven't had a lot of time to work with a trainer (or someone that knows more about riding), so I'm sure there are lots of things I can work on.
Thanks!

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    10-14-2012, 04:56 PM
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Yearling
I would work on keeping your calves/lower leg still, and also not anticipating the canter by leaning forward. Other than that, it looks really good! Your back is straight, and your hands are still.
     
    10-14-2012, 07:38 PM
  #3
Foal
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    10-17-2012, 01:43 AM
  #4
Weanling
I would try to relax your lower back and allow your hips to flow your horse's movement better so you aren't jabbing your butt bones into his back. Same with canter. Try to sit back a little more and relax the lower back to allow movement and open up his shoulder =]
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    10-17-2012, 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by AndersonEquestrian    
I would try to relax your lower back and allow your hips to flow your horse's movement better so you aren't jabbing your butt bones into his back. Same with canter. Try to sit back a little more and relax the lower back to allow movement and open up his shoulder =]
^I agree. You want to really sit deep and move with you hips following his bounciness. Try to sit so that if you're trotting you could hold a glass almost full of water without spilling it because your top half is so still while your hips and abs do the work keeping you balanced and on the horse.

Another thing I might suggest would be to use a pair of light english spurs when asking him to gallop so he is more responsive, or else use a short whip in hand just to get him to listen faster!

Nice job though! :)
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    10-17-2012, 11:55 AM
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Foal
Ok thank you!
I actually had a whip there, but I just wasn't using it as much as I should have been:P I have a pair of spurs, but they're harsher western spurs and I don't like using them bareback because it makes his responses dull, and i'm always worrying about accidently bumping him.. I've been thinking about getting a pair of english spurs though.
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    10-17-2012, 11:59 AM
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Foal
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Ok thank you!
I actually had a whip there, but I just wasn't using it as much as I should have been:P I have a pair of spurs, but they're harsher western spurs and I don't like using them bareback because it makes his responses dull, and i'm always worrying about accidently bumping him.. I've been thinking about getting a pair of english spurs though.
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Yeah I worry about that when I wear western spurs too- that's why I usually use my English spurs because they are a lot softer and not as terrible if you accidentally poke him a little bit!
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    10-17-2012, 12:19 PM
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Foal
Yeah! I've been working with him to respond to mostly verbal cues, but that sometime he needs a little poke in the right direction. :P
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    10-17-2012, 02:33 PM
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Started
Id like to see your heels down. Bend your knees a bit more and stretch down into your heels and you'll gain a lot more from riding bareback than just letting your lower leg sort of flop around.
     
    10-17-2012, 02:36 PM
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Foal
Ok thanks!:) it's nice to be able to have stuff to work on!
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