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post #1 of 9 Old 08-02-2012, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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critique my trot please

Hey guys,
I dont have any videos of my trot on my computer since it crashed..
please critique the photos
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-02-2012, 05:54 PM
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First off your riding in tenis shoes, big no no, your foot could get stuck and that would be really bad!

Second we need better pictures to judge how your riiding, your hands look fine. Your shoulders are back. Your looking up.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-02-2012, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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yes i am, my boots had worn out and my new ones had been ordered. custom boots

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-02-2012, 09:47 PM
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You look a bit slouched in the second pic.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-02-2012, 09:51 PM
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Shoulders need to come back, your legs needs to come back and you need to transfer your weight back as well.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-02-2012, 11:50 PM
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Try to hold the reins in your palms with your thumbs up.
It looks a bit like you're beginning the "puppy paw" hands.
You're also holding the reins inbetween your fingers, which prevents you from having a nice, solid grip.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-03-2012, 03:40 PM
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Your foot looks like it's too far into the stirrup.
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-03-2012, 11:58 PM
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Stirrups on the balls of your feet, keep your leg back, and by the looks of it, when you do your posting, you're going straight up. When posting, don't go straight up, but rather push your belly button out forward slightly as if you were in two point, but not leaning as far over the neck. You have good hands and you're doing an amazing job of looking forward. Make sure not to punch the saddle with your knees, relax the knee off the saddle so it helps you to keep that lower leg back. Just make sure you remember these basics in posting:
-Heels down toes up
-Lower leg wrapped around the horse's belly
-Look forward between the horse's ears at all times.
- Leg back
-Don't lean all of your weight in the hands
-don't go straight up, but rather slightly forward.
Hope this helped and keep up the good work!
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-04-2012, 12:58 AM
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I agree with the comments above. Please consider adjusting your running martingale correctly. It is about four inches too short. The rings should reach the throat of your horse. Yes, that is long, but the running is not meant to hold a horse's head down, just keep it from flipping it way up. I am also not a fan of putting a running on a bit ring that has a gag effect. I would put it on a seperate rein on the snaffle only. If you need the leverage of a lower ring, I would add a second rein. As short as the martingale is, the horse will hit the gag effect constantly. Just my opinion.....
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