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    11-15-2010, 03:00 PM
Critique needed! Help me get ready for our first show!

Ok, so I sort of started this post under horse shows, but I'll post over here because now I want a real critique.

Me: 32 yrs old, back in the saddle for 1 year after taking about 12 years off. Grew up on hunters, did dressage for the last year, before getting Zee. Haven't jumped in about 15 years... Ok, now I feel really, really old.

Zee: 21 years old. Out of work for a few years. Started working him at the end of August. Bought him the beginning of October. He's lost about 100-150 pounds since I started working him again.

We've been jumping little crossrails and verticals for 2-3 weeks now, about twice a week. Our first show is at a neighboring barn in one month. Winter series schooling show, plan to do Beginner Rider W/T & W/T/C. Maybe do the over x-rails classes later in the winter season.

So, I have one month and need help! The main things we're working on right now with him are getting him in shape, getting him forward, clean transitions, and getting him more supple. The main things I'm focusing on for me are my heels, toes in, elbows in, shoulders back, getting more upright, thumbs up, not leading with my inside shoulder or colapsing to the inside, and more freedom in my hips. Anything else?? Videos are newest to oldest...

About a month ago...

This is the first time I rode him, back in August...

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    11-15-2010, 03:18 PM
I think you're ready to show, but a few things you should work on. One, you pump your upper body too much at the canter, try and be more still. Another thing I think you should have more of a bend in your elbow, and keep your thumbs up
    11-15-2010, 04:13 PM
I agree with the above poster. Don't lean forward as much as well. Be careful not to set your hands either. Other than that, you look good!
    11-15-2010, 04:26 PM
Thanks guys. Apparently, when I was in my mid-teens and doing some jumpers, I worshipped Greg Best and Ian Miller. They were not the prettiest riders. Of course, I wanted to ride just like them, and picked up some very ugly position flaws. I can't believe after 15 years off I'm still stuck with those same bad habits!!
    11-15-2010, 04:33 PM
Hey, it makes sense. My old instructor taught me some bad habbits that I'm trying to break. They're a pain though, because I always seem to revert back to them. It slows my progress and yay.
    11-15-2010, 05:26 PM
I don't think you are "pumping" your upper body... Sure you could be a tad more still but it looks like you are just using a half seat. I think you are doing fantastic! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your horse... what a perfect guy to get you back into the swing of things. I pray that I find him in pony form when I start shopping for little girl's first pony. :)
    11-15-2010, 05:32 PM
Oh, a smaller version of him would be the perfect first horse / pony for ANYONE! I pinch myself almost daily that I was lucky enough to find him!! I do tend to move my upper body a little too much, some of it is my way of encourging him to keep going!! I know it doesn't actually work, but in my head I always seem to think it's a good idea at the time...
    11-15-2010, 06:04 PM
You look great! Your posting has improved a LOT in the past month. Btw, is his name "Zimpatico" like the Spanish word for friendly; "Simpatico"? Haha luv it!
    11-15-2010, 07:06 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
You look great! Your posting has improved a LOT in the past month. Btw, is his name "Zimpatico" like the Spanish word for friendly; "Simpatico"? Haha luv it!
Thank you! My trainer just commented the other day that she loves what Zee has done for my position! Someone just told me about Simpatico meaning friendly :) I don't know where they got Zimpatico from... He was imported from Germany so I've been trying to figure out if there's some similar meaning in German!
    11-15-2010, 07:24 PM
I thought you were pumping too much with your upper body, but if that is so, (and I defer to the more knowledgeable riders), it is due, I think, to the fact that your horse doesn't have enough impulsion. He is dragging himself along by his front feet and shoulders and not pushing from behind. This makes it hard for you to post because he doesn't give you enough Umph to post off of . And I think YOU are doing most of the work in the canter. I would suggest really getting som GO out of him. Get him excited! I now that he is older (I can see it in his hind end,) but he might have more forward in him.
He IS a sweet and honest horse and you are a very elegant pair.
I wish you the best of luck in the show and hope you will forgive me if I am wrong on the pumping thing (I am NOT a jumper)

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