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post #1 of 13 Old 02-23-2012, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Critique Please (Two Ponies)

Well I got two for you guys. =) Kinda weird because one of them is three feet tall. So don't be too hard on me with her. It's kinda hard to do things with her because she's so small. =) But you can critique me and Fannie if you want, just not Penny. (Fannie is the shetland and Penny is the chestnut big pony). I'm pretty sure I know what I am doing wrong for the most part. I just want to make sure.













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post #2 of 13 Old 02-23-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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You'd probably want to blow up the first video. It's really small for some reason..
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-23-2012, 07:50 PM
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I don't jump.. so about your flatwork..

In the pictures, you really need to sit up, open your chest, and relax your entire upper body. You aren't really letting your legs dangle.. they seem pushed down?

I'm going to watch the rest now..

You look so much better!!! I noticed around the corner you had your supporting outside rein, well done! Just keep that outside rein with contact and try to keep her straight around those corners and while she's going around the rail. More inside leg.. but seriously, you've improved so much since the last vid!

Another thing I noticed.. you kind of slam her to the next jump I'm talking flatwork only) I don't see any sort of halt halt or any guidance from your leg nor any support for her.. which is why she resisted the jump closer to the end of the video.. she didn't feel prepared. Hold her on that outside rein, guide her with that inside leg and keep your arms.. closer to 90 degrees than 180.

I think you still need more work on your flat before you begin the jumping part. She's a saint for jumping with you though, she takes good care of you. Now you need to return the favor :)

Watching vid 2 now..

I see the same thing.. no support and you're also leaning into the turns which further off-balances your horse. Pause at 0:28 and you'll see what I mean. You can't lean into the turn.. always have MORE WEIGHT on the outside of your seatbone so he stays balanced.

Also why are the reins so short? :/ Pony looked very unhappy. You were catching him a lot in his mouth which made him a little "hot"

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In the pictures, you really need to sit up, open your chest, and relax your entire upper body. You aren't really letting your legs dangle.. they seem pushed down?

I'm going to watch the rest now..

You look so much better!!! I noticed around the corner you had your supporting outside rein, well done! Just keep that outside rein with contact and try to keep her straight around those corners and while she's going around the rail. More inside leg.. but seriously, you've improved so much since the last vid!

Another thing I noticed.. you kind of slam her to the next jump I'm talking flatwork only) I don't see any sort of halt halt or any guidance from your leg nor any support for her.. which is why she resisted the jump closer to the end of the video.. she didn't feel prepared. Hold her on that outside rein, guide her with that inside leg and keep your arms.. closer to 90 degrees than 180.

I think you still need more work on your flat before you begin the jumping part. She's a saint for jumping with you though, she takes good care of you. Now you need to return the favor :)

Watching vid 2 now..

I see the same thing.. no support and you're also leaning into the turns which further off-balances your horse. Pause at 0:28 and you'll see what I mean. You can't lean into the turn.. always have MORE WEIGHT on the outside of your seatbone so he stays balanced.

Also why are the reins so short? :/ Pony looked very unhappy. You were catching him a lot in his mouth which made him a little "hot"
She is a huge bolter, and if you keep them a little longer, she will bolt... So I try to keep them short, but there not like that all the time. And Thanks!
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-23-2012, 08:16 PM
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She is a huge bolter, and if you keep them a little longer, she will bolt... So I try to keep them short, but there not like that all the time. And Thanks!
It didn't let me post the last bit..

But I was going to say lovely leg and great job looking up where you're going! And I love your attitude, just get on a pony and go! :)

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It didn't let me post the last bit..

But I was going to say lovely leg and great job looking up where you're going! And I love your attitude, just get on a pony and go! :)
Hehe Thanks! =)
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Unfortunately, I can't watch the videos so everything I'm getting is from the pictures.

Your lower legs slip back and you're jumping ahead in every jumping picture. For your lower legs, keep even contact with your horse throughout your calves with your weight in your heels. For jumping ahead: wait for the jump to come to you (don't be anxious that there is a jump there. It's just a "bump" in the way that's not going anywhere), and let your horse's/pony's thrust push you out of the saddle. Your shoulders, neck, and head seem to be in a forced position. Just relax, let your pony/horse push you out of the saddle, and keep looking up to see where you're going next.

Flat work picture: Tilt your chin up, open up your chest, and really try to sink your weight into your heels.

Overall I think you are doing a good job, and I have seen quite a bit of improvement since I last critiqued you. :)

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I only watched the first video and something that I really noticed was that your horse really drifts to the right. Work on keeping your right aids on and try to feel ahead of time when she first starts to drift. Overall I see a lot of improvement in your riding! Good job :)

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You need to put more weight in your heels. And also try to put your hips back so they are not over the pommel of the saddle. You look like you are over jumping the pony almost.


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post #10 of 13 Old 02-25-2012, 08:30 PM
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You need to put more weight in your heels. And also try to put your hips back so they are not over the pommel of the saddle. You look like you are over jumping the pony almost.
I'm only to going to slightly disagree with you. More weight down the insides of her legs.. not heels. When you start thinking about heels, you're going to start jamming them down and bracing and compromising your leg cues.

I speak from experience as a beginner instructor and a rider.
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