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    09-06-2010, 05:46 PM
  #1
Foal
Critique pony and I please!

This is my pony and I doing flatwork/warmup. It was incredibly windy and weird weather (plus the camera was flashing) so a good practice session to get him used to 'scary' conditions. And I know I need to look up when doing flatwork....so don't critique that because after looking at the pictures I'm going to try and fix that whenever I ride. Please critique me and my pony on everything else though....I do know most of he things I need to fix but there is probably a ton more you can all explain to me of how I can improve! Thanks.
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    09-06-2010, 07:54 PM
  #2
Yearling
He is cute...I would say look where your going. It seems like you were looking down alot. Also watch your hands. You should be holding them like your holding ice cream cones. The pictures are hard to tell but that's pretty much all I see that you can fix and maybe at the canter sitting up alittle straighter. But you look good and your horse is adorable
     
    09-07-2010, 10:57 AM
  #3
Yearling
You look nice, and that pony is a cutie. The only thing I really see is in the second picture, if you're trotting, you're on the wrong diagonal. (If you arent trotting, ignore that) Also I think you should relax more at the canter, you and your pony are too tense. Also you should lift your hands up more
     
    09-07-2010, 12:19 PM
  #4
Foal
My computer crashed on me halfway through putting this thread up so pictures are missing and a quick explanation. :) The canter pictures are all of me jumping (in between jumps) and he was being extremely excited/spooky (we do need to relax more while cantering though). You will also be able to tell at what points we are jumping because my stirrups are A LOT shorter. I'm pretty sure I'm on the right diagonal though...or else I am momentarily losing my mind. :P The rest of the pictures are on this post/reply. Sorry if some of the pictures are already on this thread!
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    09-07-2010, 02:41 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I agree with ErikaLynn...it does look like you are posting on the wrong diagonal in the second picture. In the third picture your leg has come back a little bit, but it looks good in the rest. In the second set of pics, the second jumping pic you havent released as much with the upper body and looks like you got behind the motion of your horse and are trying to play catchup. You should close your fingers on the reins a bit and not have them so open.
     
    09-07-2010, 04:33 PM
  #6
Foal
Alot of the pictures it looks lik your looking down...Not a good thing. Look where you are going/ and ig your jumping look at your next jump(once youve went over your current jump)

Push your heels down.
     
    09-08-2010, 12:04 PM
  #7
Uma
Foal
I agree that in the second pic you look like you are on the wrong diagonal. Oh well, I am sure you fixed it.
I like that in the posting pictures you are not posting too high, which tells me you are using the correct leg muscles to post and not your stirrups. You heels could be a little little bit more down in some of the trotting pics.
In the fourth picture I love you hand placements. You are following you horses mouth with a slight bend in the elbow and a straight line from bit to elbow. And you hands are at the perfect height above his withers.

In the jumping pictures the fist one is definitely the better of the two. Your back is flat, your looking a head, middle of the saddle and you gave a nice release. You heels are pretty good as well.
And like Velvet said the second picture looks like you are trying to catch up to his jump. You can tell from the picture that you are going to fall back into the saddle before he gets his hind legs up and over the jump. Stay with him. And because you got left behind and tried to ctch up your heels came up.

Otherwise, you look good!
     
    09-08-2010, 01:03 PM
  #8
Foal
Thank you for your critique everyone! My pony as a huge issue with taking random spots while jumping (especially when he's not focusing well) so I have been getting pretty good with staying with him but I definitely still need to improve on following/releasing properly. My hands/looking down issue are really bad habits that I NEED to keep reminding myself about constantly....so it's good to ear that I'm thinking about the right things when trying to correct my position. I wish I could get pictures of my pony and I jumping on a good day but I never have a camera person with me when those days do occur. :P
     
    09-08-2010, 01:47 PM
  #9
Foal
This is good but you need to jam your heals down and make contact with your ponys face. Arch your back more and sink into your saddle. Try no stirrups and no hands. No hands helps you learn to control with your leg and seat and no stirrups is to tighten your leg (Im sure you knew that!) Lift your hands up and prop your chin up! Keep riding :)
     

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