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post #1 of 24 Old 09-12-2012, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Critique My Equ(trotting)

So this is a video of me riding my new horse Finnegan. I just got him like a week ago and this is our third time riding together as horse and owner. He is a 16.2 Dutch Warmblood paint,8 years old, and a gelding. I only really trotted in this video because, like I said, it was only the third riding session, and because I really wanted us to get used to eachother before asking him to canter a 3ft+ fence lol. This also wasn't a lesson, the girl talking in the video is one of my horse friends who is helping me a little. Please just critique my riding, I'm ovbiously still working with him sooo enjoy and tear me apart!
Additional info: I have been riding for 8 years, english, and I do hunter/jumping.
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post #2 of 24 Old 09-12-2012, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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ovbiously
that should be obviously

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Your lower leg seems sturdy, and you post nice. But your arms are too straight. Bring your elbows in closer to your sides. But overall nice! Pretty horse!
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Your lower leg seems sturdy, and you post nice. But your arms are too straight. Bring your elbows in closer to your sides. But overall nice! Pretty horse!
yeah I'm still working on that lol thanx

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Yeah, I have a tendency to keep my arms a little too straight. :)
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One thing I heard you can do is put a crop between your back and your arms to help you learn to keep your arms more bent and your shoulders straighter.
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You're rotating your pelvis backwards, hollowing your back out. Rotate your pelvis forwards so that your back isn't arched. Don't force your heel down, think of stretching into your heel, not forcing it down; if you force it, your foot will come forwards as a result. Bend those elbows, shorten your rein, close your fingers and get those thumbs on top! Learn how to feel your diagonal rather than doing an obvious look down to check it. Don't let your upper body get too far ahead of the motion, if you do and your horse spooks or does a nasty stop, you'll do a great impression of a lawn dart ;)
All in all, looking good :)


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You're rotating your pelvis backwards, hollowing your back out. Rotate your pelvis forwards so that your back isn't arched. Don't force your heel down, think of stretching into your heel, not forcing it down; if you force it, your foot will come forwards as a result. Bend those elbows, shorten your rein, close your fingers and get those thumbs on top! Learn how to feel your diagonal rather than doing an obvious look down to check it. Don't let your upper body get too far ahead of the motion, if you do and your horse spooks or does a nasty stop, you'll do a great impression of a lawn dart ;)
All in all, looking good :)
Thanks, I will definitely work on that

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I have a horrible time keeping my elbows bent and one day someone pointed out I have really short arms xD if my elbows are bent my hands would be resting on the front of the saddle, which is what always confused me!
As a fashion major we learned the 'correct' (and I use the term loosely) proportions for a human, and I learned my arms are too short xD

I had a dressage instructor who would constantly nag me "bend your elbows" then a minute later "put your hands more forward!" - this would repeat over and over, no matter where I put my hands/elbows it was never right! XD
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Finn, I just re-read my post .. Do you understand what I mean about your pelvis? I'm not sure I was very clear and I'm happy to go into more detail.
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