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post #11 of 17 Old 05-10-2010, 06:48 PM
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One little thing I noticed is that as you post, your hands seems to go back as you rise and pull his mouth.

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post #12 of 17 Old 05-10-2010, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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alright, here is a video of us tonight. I tried keeping everyting you guys said in mind while riding. Please let me know if I improved nething or need imporving! thanks!

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post #13 of 17 Old 05-11-2010, 09:16 AM
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Good Job
I can see some differences.
Your thumbs should still be up a bit more. I really like that you were not tipping forward at the trot! only slightly at the canter.
When you posting I did notice sometimes your hands/reins catching you horse's mouth but I think as you work on your seat and hand position this will begin to go away as you will become much more aware of what your arms, hands seat etcetera are doing.
One thing I noticed is i think your elbows could go a tad more foraward so that as your riding your arms do not creep to far backwards. Not sure if that makes any sense or not. I do this sometimes especially if I am concentrating on many different things.
What happens when my arms are to far backwards is that I end up riding my horses face rather than riding from back to front. I also will loose the ability to be effective if my hands/arms are to far backward.
A bit more contact with your mount by pushing him into the bridle still needs to come on into play here, but I can see with work it will happen for you! :)

What dicipline are you planing on doing? Are you going to show yuor horse? Hunters? jumping, something else, dressage ...????

I am not sure if you are working with a trainer, but it is is really good to have one to get that extra help.

You are on your way here and after just a few explanations from people I can see how your mind got to thinking about things.

watching videos of your lessons is an amazing tool! I love to have vids of my lessons and when i ride alone.

I would still like to see morse push from your core and some engagement from your horses hind end. But I think things will get better with a trainer and refinement of your seat etc.

Keep up the good work and keep us posted...
Great job..
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-11-2010, 09:38 AM
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i think you could benefit from dropping your stirrups down a hole or two they are quite high and is causing you to come out of the saddle quite a bit when posting. this will also help to keep you from tipping forward and give you a better seat.

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post #15 of 17 Old 05-11-2010, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by FoxyRoxy1507 View Post
i think you could benefit from dropping your stirrups down a hole or two they are quite high and is causing you to come out of the saddle quite a bit when posting. this will also help to keep you from tipping forward and give you a better seat.
I was going to suggest this also. And do some riding without stirrups. You look like you're perching and gripping with your knees rather than draping your lower leg around the horse.

Keep working on having a nice straight back and open front (like a sail filled by the breeze).

Agree with the other poster, your hands are better but still need to have thumbs on top. Think about holding ice cream cones in your hands--don't let the scoops fall off!

Think about having a straight line from the bit all the way to your elbows. Your elbows are locked right now. They need to give more with the horse's motion.

Lift your hands about 2 inches. They're practically sitting on his withers right now.

You pitch forward a little at the canter-trot transition (very common). As you improve your seat, you'll be able to "sit down" onto the horse's back to actually create that transition, and it will be a lot smoother.

Do you notice how much more consistent your contact was in this video than the previous one? And you were pushing your horse forward more, but he still needs to do more. There were several times when his head came behind the vertical and his hindquarters lost their push. With more flexible elbows and a more stable seat, you'll be able to handle that better and push him on into the bridle more. He looks like a nice horse and fun to ride.

My compliments on your willingness to take critique and your ability to put it to use! Keep working, I think you and he have a future together.
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-12-2010, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone! HalfPass- Right now he is learning to jump. Tonight I planned on doing gridwork with him to help him (and me too, gotta find the right distances!!) but I think we might do jumpers in the futures because he has the speed for it, but also has the flowingness of a hunter. But i do know our future envolves jumping! Thanks again for the critiques, and I will continue to work on everything you guys have said!
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-25-2010, 05:10 PM
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all i have to say -behind the vertical-
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