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post #1 of 12 Old 04-13-2008, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my riding

Okay I believe all of these were either at a walk or trot....please critique my riding...also comment on how Sonny looks with me also. He *should* be collected the whole time

Also, please note that my back might not be entirely straight....I pulled a muscle (again) in my back so at times it was bothering me so I had to stretch it and lean side to side...I don't believe I was doing that in any pictures, but just to give a heads up


^^Before starting out...nice head set there haha







Correction...I think these were all at a walk...strange thought I had more. Well Anyways am asking my friends who were there if they had anymore of me and Sonny and if they do I'll post them here.

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Also, for those who are familiar with my previous posts in here...how is he collection wise....better? Worse? The same?
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-13-2008, 07:42 PM
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Sonny looks a ton better than your first round of pictures - his head looks consistantly on the vertical, although it looks like he's playing around with the bit in the 2nd picture.
You have a good base position from what I can tell - maybe just concentrate a little on rolling your shoulders back, and lifting your hands up off the withers some.
Unfortunately those pictures aren't the greatest to get a good critique from.. I'm looking forward to seeing more!

He looks good though ;)


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I know my shoulders forward too much, but with my sprained back I couldn't put them back all the way. Yeah sadly I know they aren't hte greatest. I'll try to get more tomorrow since I'm going up then. Hopefully Sonny will be as good as he was then

Right before that one picture was taken he was pulling his head up...so I did some half halts and he got his head back but I think he was still open mouthed from pulling up. Also he's a yawner haha

Yeah I do need to work on lifitng up my hands more
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-13-2008, 08:05 PM
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-13-2008, 11:33 PM
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I like it when a Western rider has the very confident posture. Work on that. Your back is straight until the shoulder blades but that can be fixed. :) Your stirrups look a notch too short, btw.

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I like it when a Western rider has the very confident posture. Work on that. Your back is straight until the shoulder blades but that can be fixed. :) Your stirrups look a notch too short, btw.
the stirrups are mixed up on that saddle...so it's either short or really long. I'll try lowering it one, but last time I tried I couldn't get my heels down because it was so long.
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IN the second to last pic, your horse is a tad behing the vertical. Remember to create energy and get him moving up and into the bit. Try not to worry too much about headset. I do that all the time!
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well that picture wasn't taken straight on so it might just be the angle...I had a friend that would tell me when he was over bending...so he shouldn't have been
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He appears to be slightly behind the vertical in every walking pic except possibly the last one (hard to tell due to the angle) He does appear to be tracking up in most of the pics so I think you just need to let go of his face when he gives with his head
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He appears to be slightly behind the vertical in every walking pic except possibly the last one (hard to tell due to the angle) He does appear to be tracking up in most of the pics so I think you just need to let go of his face when he gives with his head
I'll try to get better photoes tomorrow for you all.

His reins aren't actually that tight...and I don't force his head down by holding my hands really stiff like...I keep the reins where I still have contact with his mouth, but not alot so I'm not making him hard mouthed or bothering him.

If he raises his head I "milk" the reins or do a half halt...the minute he gets collected again I leave him alone. That's the way he was trained, that's the way I was told how to collect him (by the lady who gave me a lesson on him before I bought him), that's the way he responds, and without contact on his mouth he doesn't listen that well
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