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post #1 of 14 Old 07-13-2009, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Critique My Riding, Please :)

These are a few pictures of me from Saturday, I am riding Belle she is 8 years old and I have been riding her for about two months now. She isn't mine, her owner is just awesome and lets me ride her.

I would love as much critique and constructive criticism as you can give me, my instructor has been away for a few weeks now and will be away for another few so I need new things to work on. Looking at the pictures I definitely see faults in my riding (horrible piano hands for one), but I would love more opinions just to firm up what I need to work on, and I am sure I am missing things that I am doing wrong too. So without further ado, the pictures!

1) Trotting without stirrups…


2) Checking my diagonal…


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8 ) Cantering…


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Aaaand just a cute picture of Belle to finish it off…
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-13-2009, 03:37 PM
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the only thing that sticks out to me (but you have already seen this fault) is your piano hands. The connection between your hands and the horse's mouth is more severe when you don't have your hands on top.

Just out of curiosity... what type of bit are you using? Maybe I just can't see it really well but it doesn't appear to be something I've seen before.

Really cute horse!

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I have been wanting to get someone to take pictures of me riding for a while, and when I saw these I couldn't believe I didn't realize my hands were doing that while I was riding. I am definitely going to pay more attention to that when I ride now.

The bit is just a simple kimberwicke (though no curb chain) I think. It's what her owner rides her in and what is attached to her bridle so it's what I use. I am always bad with different bit names, but I am 99% sure that what it's called.

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hmm... I've never seen a Kimberwicke with that metal piece above the bit (really defined in photo 12)

Maybe I'm just imagining things :) haha

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Hmm...I have put that bridle on her and cleaned it so many times and I never even really realized that. Here is a better picture of the bit, if it helps you at all. Like I said, I thought it was a kimberwicke, I think my instructor told me is was that, again I could be wrong. I am really wondering now too.

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that is a different looking bit. In numbers 3 and 5 you look you are on top of the pommel, I don't normally post that far forward. Very cute horse and you look good together. However you do tend to sometimes point your toes out and let your heel slip up a bit. (pics 8 and 9) but in may others your heel is down very nicely.
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ps that might be a kimberwicke, here are some examples
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-13-2009, 06:26 PM
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you lean in ALOT when cantering. Lean out, not in.

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hmm. Even looking at the bit I've never seen a Kimberwicke that looks like that. Maybe it's just a form of one I'm not familiar with

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you lean in ALOT when cantering. Lean out, not in.
When you say I lean in and should lean out, do you mean I lean forward and should lean back more? Leaning forward, and letting my shoulders fall forward is one of my bad habits too >.<

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hmm. Even looking at the bit I've never seen a Kimberwicke that looks like that. Maybe it's just a form of one I'm not familiar with
Yeah, I know my instructor said it's a kimberwicke but I'll ask when she gets back from her trip about the specific kind it is

Thanks for posting everyone, please keep the tips coming
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