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        07-16-2011, 12:03 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Critique our ride.

    We scored a 57.857% and places fourth in a class of nine. Pretty good considering this was our first show ofthe year, and our first non schooling show.

    Things I've already been made aware of from my score sheet:

    Needs impulsion, his trot is pokey. This is my fault, I was scared if I pushed him any further he'd pop into a canter like he was doing when we were practicing. I held him back slightly in his trot, SHAME ON ME :(

    My heels are not down, the judges didn't really mark this on my score sheet, but watching the video I'm cringing at my heels. They are usually down, I think I was just in the zone.

    My stretch trot circle was supposed to be rising. The judge gave me error points for sitting it, I was way in the zone during this test and just forgot to start posting I guess. Shame on me again! But lesson learned.

    Critique this further :) Thanks.

         
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        07-16-2011, 12:17 PM
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    Well, first of all, I though you had a very good bend, throughout the entire test. The trot was pokey but at least rythic, and I could see several places where your horse almost broke into canter (and the one where he did).

    The circles at the A end of the arena were not into the rail as much as they shoudl have been. And center circles too small.
    Your free walk was good! And good down tranisitions from canter to trot were good.

    I wonder why you chose to sit the trot rather than post it?
         
        07-16-2011, 12:20 PM
      #3
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Well, first of all, I though you had a very good bend, throughout the entire test. The trot was pokey but at least rythic, and I could see several places where your horse almost broke into canter (and the one where he did).

    The circles at the A end of the arena were not into the rail as much as they shoudl have been. And center circles too small.
    Your free walk was good! And good down tranisitions from canter to trot were good.

    I wonder why you chose to sit the trot rather than post it?

    Last minute decision actually.

    I usually hate my horses sit trot, but in the warm up it just felt really natural and smooth, plus I was like "I KNOW I'll end up blindly posting on the wrong diagonal at least at some point" with all those rein changes and transitions.

    He definitely broke into the canter right after my first halt, salute. The judge noted that he "Jumped forward"
         
        07-16-2011, 03:26 PM
      #4
    Started
    I thought your test looked pretty nice.

    I agree with the comment about needing some impulsion. He doesn't even track up at all. He looks like he'd do great at western show doing a jog. ;) lol

    Another nit-picky thing would be he looked like he was a bout to do a lot of canter transitions even though I'm guessing you prevented him from doing it judging by your other comment. He'd lift his head up and rise through the shoulders as though about to pick up a canter.

    Because of this, I'd say a lot of schooling needs to be done at the trot. Right now, he has a pretty laid back trot that should be quite easy to sit to and in your video, I see a pogo-stick up on his back. To work on your position, I would pull your leg back underneath you and practice lots of two-point and no stirrup work--especially the work with no stirrups since that will help you to find rhythm with your horse's back. Your horse needs to work on his trot. Practice lots of variations within the trot. Collected trot, working trot and extended trot. Leg yields, shoulders in and out will help him to step up under himself with his hind legs. I would also practice more transitions just to help him balance himself when transitioning up or down but to also make him more aware of you as a rider and what your asking. Such as when you're trotting and NOT asking him to canter. ;)

    Good luck!
         
        07-16-2011, 04:08 PM
      #5
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by GeminiJumper    
    I thought your test looked pretty nice.

    I agree with the comment about needing some impulsion. He doesn't even track up at all. He looks like he'd do great at western show doing a jog. ;) lol

    Another nit-picky thing would be he looked like he was a bout to do a lot of canter transitions even though I'm guessing you prevented him from doing it judging by your other comment. He'd lift his head up and rise through the shoulders as though about to pick up a canter.

    Because of this, I'd say a lot of schooling needs to be done at the trot. Right now, he has a pretty laid back trot that should be quite easy to sit to and in your video, I see a pogo-stick up on his back. To work on your position, I would pull your leg back underneath you and practice lots of two-point and no stirrup work--especially the work with no stirrups since that will help you to find rhythm with your horse's back. Your horse needs to work on his trot. Practice lots of variations within the trot. Collected trot, working trot and extended trot. Leg yields, shoulders in and out will help him to step up under himself with his hind legs. I would also practice more transitions just to help him balance himself when transitioning up or down but to also make him more aware of you as a rider and what your asking. Such as when you're trotting and NOT asking him to canter. ;)

    Good luck!

    Thanks.

    I know I'd "pogo stick" MUCH less if my heels were down, I don't know why they were up this particular ride, maybe I went into pro dressage rider mode ;) cause you know how they ride with their heels way up sometimes. I do a ton of half seat work, bareback riding (practicing my posting trot and such bareback) stirrupless work. I think I just got so in the zone of the test I kind of shut out my postion.

    Will work on the trot! :) Thanks again, and yes at least 3 times in that ride he attempted to pick up a canter.
         

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