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post #1 of 11 Old 11-23-2009, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Critique: riding videos

Posting two videos:

Nov. 12

Nov. 21

My faults that I can see, are my left toe pointing outwards all the time. The videos aren't the best, but if you catch something I can work on, let me know. Thank you.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-24-2009, 11:28 PM
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hi :)
There seems to be a lot of tension going on. Try to get him to stretch more through the neck and push him sideways a lot more with your inside leg and be a little more supple with your inside rein. If you can get him to stretch his frame out more then he be a lot better in his back and once you engage his hindquarters more he'll go on the bit and be much more rounded, otheer than that good job :) Keep it up
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Your horse is lacking any collection. His back is hollow and he isn't travelling very relaxed or smooth. He's bracing against the bit also. I think you have a lot more to work on than your left toe. You both need some serious help.

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 12:02 AM
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kevinshorses, that was not a constructive critique at all. That was straight-out criticism. You're actually supposed to type advice on how to fix problems, not just insult their riding.

Wordstoasong, I don't have enough experience to critique. Cute horse though :)
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 12:42 AM
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She asked if I had seen anything she could work on so I told her. Your right it was critisism as in "critique: riding videos".

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post #6 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 07:51 PM
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Critique and criticism are different. You're always supposed to provide advice. You said: You both need some serious help.

So why didn't you offer any help? That's what this forum is for. Offering advice, techniques and different things riders can do to improve. Saying "you need help" doesn't help them at all.
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Your horse is lacking any collection. His back is hollow and he isn't travelling very relaxed or smooth. He's bracing against the bit also. I think you have a lot more to work on than your left toe. You both need some serious help.
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She asked if I had seen anything she could work on so I told her. Your right it was critisism as in "critique: riding videos".
That is really rude. I suggest you read UPDATE 3/8 : Lets keep this Forum friendly and constructive! before giving your advice. You said we need serious work, and you only pointed out the bad. That is not helpful at all.

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kevinshorses, that was not a constructive critique at all. That was straight-out criticism. You're actually supposed to type advice on how to fix problems, not just insult their riding.

Wordstoasong, I don't have enough experience to critique. Cute horse though :)
Thank you! He's actually growing on to me after a year (our barn has LOTS of chestnut horses and I didn't want to add another one to the bunch, lol).

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 08:20 PM
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Don't Say: "You look AWFUL"
Do Say: "Try riding with your heel down and your elbows at your side, this way you have a better center of balance and your body lines up properly"

When it comes to riding, don't just critique, offer constructive criticism. Rather than just saying "Put your heels down" let them know a why they should ride with their heels down.. if that makes sense.

If someone posts a picture of themselves riding in the Horse Pictures forum, assume that they do NOT want critique on their riding style or their horse.. only critique pictures in this forum, unless otherwise specified in other forums. Example: If someone posts in the Horse Picture forum and says "Critique Welcome" then feel free to critique.

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I can't critique you either , but its was very unfair how he treated you. So I copied what was said in the update!

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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hi :)
There seems to be a lot of tension going on. Try to get him to stretch more through the neck and push him sideways a lot more with your inside leg and be a little more supple with your inside rein. If you can get him to stretch his frame out more then he be a lot better in his back and once you engage his hindquarters more he'll go on the bit and be much more rounded, otheer than that good job :) Keep it up
Thank you! I'll keep this in mind for my next ride.

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Well.......do you really want a critique? I will try to not sound critical. Kevin is correct on some issues. There is no balance there. I see a rider struggling to use her aids in a constructive way to help horse to move better.

First, I would put the rider on a lunge line with no reins. I would work to make her legs a seat much deeper and secure. Once this becomes second nature, I would work on her hands. There is very inconsistent contact with the reins. The horse is constantly reaching for the contact, but it is not there.This makes the horse unwilling to move forward into the bridle. Until he does, he will not be able to power from the haunch. Contact is good. It helps the horse as long as it is consistent and giving. Until you can maintain consistent pressure on the reins, the horse will not improve easily.

You are both lovely and able. You just need guidance to "put it all together". I wish you were nearby. I'm going to Paisley Ont. Next month to teach some clinics. You anywhere nearby? I have a student who teaches there too. She is really good. She used to ride for the Norwegian national team. Look for help. It is so hard to do it without a knowledgeable person on the ground to advise you.

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