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    02-21-2011, 09:33 PM
Smile Critique my riding please?

New picture and video to come from today. Sorry the photos are awful, it was inside in not so wonderful lighting, the setting on the camera to keep it semi bright made them blurry. IF you ask me, these photos and videos scream I am a downright awful rider. You be the judge. I don't think it was my best riding.
As for the video, it will be uploaded in a while *strums fingers on desk as it is going to be like 2 hours..* He was being barn sour as you will see. He stopped as soon as the video taping ceased..go figure..and stopping more than he usually does. Again, not a problem after the video..gah!

Is it normal to obtain such an exaggerated chair-seat while bareback?
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    02-21-2011, 09:35 PM
He is, in fact, walking in the first picture..his leg is just waayyy blurred out.
    02-21-2011, 11:12 PM
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Impossible to tell with these pics. We need to see you in a saddle and bridle. A video would be much more helpful. However, you appear to be sitting too far back on your bum. This allows your lower leg to slip forward. Sit more forward. I tell people you have three contact points....two seatbones and the pubic bone. While you don't put pressure on the pubic bone, you do know it's there.
    02-21-2011, 11:58 PM
I am working on the video. What does a bridle affect? I sit with my three points of contact in a saddle. Is it normal to sit further back bareback? I bounce a lot when I try to sit upright and I don't know how to fix it.
    02-22-2011, 12:13 AM
Have mercy on my soul I'm feeling particularly not confident about this video

I also apologize for it being so far away, but I had to prop the camera on a tree branch and no one was with me to say how far I was or if I was even in the frame.
    02-22-2011, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Goodbye13lueSky    
I am working on the video. What does a bridle affect?

It shows your arms ability to absorb the horse's movements without "bouncing" on the reins. A halter doesn't give you the same feel as reins and bit do. It is harder to judge how "soft" your arms are.

I sit with my three points of contact in a saddle. Is it normal to sit further back bareback? I bounce a lot when I try to sit upright and I don't know how to fix it.
One sits back because it helps you not bounce. To stop bouncing, you have to be able to absorb that up and down movement with your abdominal muscles. They contract and expand, allowing your pelvis to trust forward and backward to absorb this up/down movement. It takes strong abs to move both forward and rearward equally. Many people are weaker in the rearward movement. When you sit back on your bum, it blocks the need to move rearward and leaves only forward, which is much easier. However, it does not allow for as deep a communication with your seat.
    02-22-2011, 10:53 PM
Ooh k thank you. That was a really good explanation. My next video I will use a bridle and saddle. Hopefully it will be a better video as well as I am going to try my best to get someone to go with me. I do apologize for the terrible video and photos. Are there exercises I can do or visual ideas to help me sit these motions properly?

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