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post #1 of 8 Old 10-06-2008, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my riding!

Yea! My first riding critique! YouTube - Critique Time!

Anywho. The things I see:

1. I'm loose in my seat and in my lower leg.
2. I was using split reins for the first (and last) time. I hate them. :)

That's pretty much all I can spot with my untrained eye. Please tell me anything else.

I'm going to apologise in advance for the music. I was bored out of my mind on a thursday night.

Showjumping is like dressage with speed bumps!
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-06-2008, 09:57 PM
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Your legs are moving wayyy too much. ANd stop kicking/bumping your horse. That is all I'm seeing with your legs...continueing to bump her can make her hard sided and won't listen to your leg aids. Though I can't tell for sure what type of bit you have on (to me it looks like a shank bit)...if it is, you never ever want to direct rein with a shank bit. It's wayy too harsh on the mouth.

Again leg moving too much and you are continueing to bump your horses side. Also seems like you are landing too hard on your horse's back. Don't look down also...I noticed some parts you are looking down some.

Canter: Again with the leg

The main thing you need to work on is your leg. Other than that you look good. I like your body position alot.

I have to say split reins need an aquired taste....I hated them at first, but now I like them (though I really never use them lol).
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-07-2008, 10:23 AM
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Nice job

The things i see are...

You legs need more tone in them.. take your fingers and keep poking your self in the gets annoying dosnt it. so insted of have to nag with your legs squeeze with you legs if he doesnt listen take a dressage whip and tap him kinda hard behind your leg. and in the trot on the right diagnal i beleive you where a little bit ahead of vertical, Weight for him. And in the walk you where falling a little behind but i LOVE the swing in your seat thats great.

Happy Riding

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-07-2008, 10:24 AM
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If you are wanting a western seat, lower your stirrups a bit; they're really short.

As for the leg movement; it appears that you have a weak/untrained leg - lots of posting at the walk with and without your irons and practicing two-point position at the walk will help that a lot!

When you are posting, it appears that especially when you are on the left diagonal, you get left behind in your post - - be sure to allow the horse's momentum to pick you up out of the saddle. ;)

A good tip for catching the correct diagonal is to look at the outside (railside) leg, and make sure you are sitting when it is back - - which will leave you no choice but to rise when it's forward

In the canter, it looks like you are really stiff from mid back to knee -- loosen it up a bit and let your hips go to work on the'll make for a more comfortable ride.

Also, i'd suggest moving to a non-leveraged bit for the english work...more comfortable for the horse ;)

keep up the good work!

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-07-2008, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Yea! I have stuff to work on! About the bit, it's actually a twisted wire snaffle (I think). There's no shanks though.

Poor Navarre! I really didn't realize how much I was bumping him! I'm really not like that all the time though. I was under some pressure. The guy who was going to buy Navarre was actually there and I was riding him for him. He was a good boy though!

I normally pick up the right diagonal when I'm posting, but there are those times that I don't and I feel dumb. LOL! But I will work on getting my legs more toned.

Same as trot, I'll work on my leg.

Thanks so much guys! I'll also be able to work on this more because I get to take English lessons soon! I'll be sure to post videos of that too! Thanks!

Showjumping is like dressage with speed bumps!
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-08-2008, 08:26 PM
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I don't know if this has already been said because I'm not going to read through what everyone else wrote, but your posting needs some work. Your upper body shouldn't really move when you're posting, just your pelvis, you want to lean a bit forward and then just barely move your seat off the saddle and slightly foward, using your legs, not just the stirrups or they'll start swinging. Like so: YouTube - Trot, Baron,

That's a good video of a nice posting trot. When you're posting, you want to be as quiet on him as possible while you're doing it.

But if you like direct reining, posting, and shorter stirrups, maybe you might want to consider English?

That's all I've got

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post #7 of 8 Old 10-08-2008, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I ride English. This is an all western stable so there weren't any english saddles! But thanks for your critique! I'll work on it!

Showjumping is like dressage with speed bumps!
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-14-2008, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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