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post #1 of 17 Old 07-21-2009, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Critique My Flat & Jumping

This is me & my horse,George.He was western & did barrel & team penning for about 15yrs.(hes 17) until I got him & have worked on working him english without professional help.I have a schooling show coming up at the beginning of august, Id only be showing him Long Stirrup Undersaddle & Eq. & they are only walk/trot so, how do you'll think we would do.Also, if you could please critique my jumping pic too, that would be great.I take lessons on a schooling pony & I've only been jumping since late April & I've been lunging George over jumps & then I've gradually worked him over jumps undersaddle.If you need this for reference, we do hunter-jumper.Thanks!

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-21-2009, 01:19 PM
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I don't have time for a full critique right now but in the video you're posting on the wrong diagonal.
You want to post with the outside leg, not the inside.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-21-2009, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, I just relized that when I rewatched the video.Thanks!
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I don't have time for a full critique, but you guys look pretty good! For the hunter flat, you want longer reins. Loose reins show the judge how well behaved and easy your horse is (evenif he's not) For EQ the reins look fine though
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-21-2009, 03:53 PM
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im not an english person so i dont know anything about it, but george is very handsome and you two look good together.

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post #6 of 17 Old 07-21-2009, 04:07 PM
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I think george is a lovely guy very flashy he just needs some fine tuning! I think if you get him using himself properly he will look great! right now he looks like he is just going along with no real motive! Also, like other stated you are on the wrong diagnol! I think with some more practice you two will do fine :)
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-21-2009, 06:21 PM
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Hi, I live in Ireland, and teach riding (it's all english riding here) I am not familiar with the standard there, but here, if i was giving you a lesson (and i mean this in as nice a way as possible) I would tell you that you are relying on your reins/or balancing on them a bit too much, your hands should just look a bit more relaxed. there should be a straight line at all times from your elbow, through your wrist and hands, along the reins right to the bit. Your hands could be a little lower, and shouldn't move up and down so much with your movement.
There should also be a straight line from your ear, through your shoulder, hips to your heel, so i cant tell really well from the short video, but i think you need to sit a bit more forward in the saddle. as you go up and donw, think more like forward and back with your belly button, instead of up and donw. when you land in the saddle you should sit in the middle of the saddle instead of the back of it, and you only need to rise a tiny amount for working trot (normal) that way when you want to get your horse working better and using himself more, you can use your seat-to rise a bit higher-and so to get a longer step from him. Again, i cannot tell much from the short video, but those are basic english positions as we use here and also in England.
Your horse is really pretty, good luck in your competition!!! I'm sure you'll do great.
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post #8 of 17 Old 07-23-2009, 05:05 PM
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First I want to say that I think your horse is really cute!!
I agree with the above poster that it looks like you are balancing on your reins, think of putting the weight in your elbows and having nice light hands, also soften your shoulders a bit, they seem kind of tight. Your also pumping a lot at the walk. The only other thing I see is that his nose is to the outside a lot - open your inside rein and get that nose in!
Im sure there will be other people with better advice, but good luck at your show!
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I really dont ride much, but overal you look great!
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-23-2009, 05:43 PM
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Give your horse some rein, some lunge work with no reins and stirrups would really help. Bring your leg back and under you, and you look like you're not breathing..don't be so tense. O/f your leg has slipped back and you seem to just be standing in your stirrups, i would try to bring them up a hole or two and see how they feel for you since everyone likes different things but technically they should be shorter then what they are now.
Your horse is very cute by the way.
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