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post #1 of 15 Old 09-09-2008, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Critique us from the show

Now first let me say, I don't do equitation riding, I do Fluidity riding so I will look different than an equitation rider hehe

Critique both me and Sonny. This is our first show together...my first show ever and possibly his first show but that is unknown

Be as harsh or nice as you want. I'm not the best rider, nor will I ever be, but pointers would be good!

(Note: All pictures without chaps on is from the Equitation class....also I had one day of preperations for the show, and I only practiced for an hour)








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And just an afterwards picture of the two of us:
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I don't know squat about critiquing what you are doing...What I see is a gal out there doing what she loves with a smile on her face and a horse with a good attitude!!!!! GOOD JOB!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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I don't know anything either, except that the two of you look great out there...and I see some ribbons, so couldn't be that bad!! :)
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thanks both of you! I did have a blast and Sonny gave me more than his all and I was totally dumbfounded by the way he was. I placed in all classes that I entered and I think we did a pretty good job. I didn't think we deserved second on Pairs though lol....unless the person that got third was realllllllly bad ;)
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hey...yall don't look bad but your hand is too high!!!think of it as your giving a gift to your horse. Legs closer to your horse. Shoulders back sit up straight. Don't let that judge see you grab your hat :P !! Put a paper towel in the inner brim, oldest trick in the book!!!! Your horse looks good except him nose is out too far. Try a martingale or draw reins. Keep up the awsome work!!!good luck
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Just some tips since you look good for your first show!!

Sit up a little bit more,
Try to point your toes in towards his nose,
Pull your shoulders back,
And chin up!

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Sonny looks nice and relaxed, you look quiet and confident, good job!

You are riding chair seat a bit. Stand in your stirrups and really get you feet under you, then sit down straight down. Get used to what it feels like--one thing I do is just randomly stand in my stirrups when I think that my butt is going back and my feet are going forward, then sit back down to get back in position. You need to develop a centered seat.

One way to think of it is this--if your horse shot forward suddenly, would you land on your feet or your butt? With a centered seat, you'll probably stay with him better--you need to put your center of gravity right on top of his...whatever you call it at his girth--the place he spins around, I guess that's his center of gravity, too. Think of the area from your belly button through the top of your thighs as welded to the place you girth him up--that part of you and that part of him are all one piece. When you balance right there, you can stay with the horse wherever he goes because you're always right there with him.

When you ride with a chair seat, you are behind his center of gravity, and you're more likely to hit the dirt right on your butt if something goes wrong.

Don't know if I explained that well...

You both look good for your first time in the ring, though!
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try a martingale or draw reins.
Okay I'm not going to start an arguement, but IMO martingales and draw reins are cruel and I will NOT for any reason use them. They do more harm than good, in my opinion.

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You are riding chair seat a bit. Stand in your stirrups and really get you feet under you, then sit down straight down. Get used to what it feels like--one thing I do is just randomly stand in my stirrups when I think that my butt is going back and my feet are going forward, then sit back down to get back in position. You need to develop a centered seat.
That's the main difference in equitation riding and fluidity riding, you are sitting on your tail bone, which is your center of balance...when you are balanced your horse will be also. If you are sitting on your croutch you aren't on your balance point and any sharp movement will make you loose your balance.


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dont let that judge see you grab your hat
Yeah and sadly that part was for equitation also lol. The hat was bigger on me than I thought it was, but didn't realize it until the first class lol. I got it fixed after that though.
How does the paper towel thing work? I know it does, but exactly how? Hehe
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Well since I almost never lose my balance, I'd have to disagree with you. I fell off once bareback--my third bareback ride after 25 years off, when I'd only had Arrow for 2 months; and I fell off once last fall when Arrow slipped on mud and almost went down himself. That's it--a year and a half of riding, 5 days a week, 10 months of it with a bareback pad, no stirrups, on a horse that can shy bigger than you would believe. I think I know a little about how to balance on the top of a horse. I ride trails only--up and down hills, through steams, across rocks, etc.

But ride as you think best.
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I'm not saying that your wrong...but as I said on the first thing, I don't do equitation riding, I do fluidity riding, so the form, etc is alot different than regular riding, but I find it's more comfortable not only for me, but for Sonny as well.

Mainly I can't balance where equitation riding (normal riding) is....so fluidity riding is best for me because I can actually balance on a horse bareback. But I normally don't use a bareback pad or anything. Normally if I ride bareback it's with no pad, and in either a halter and lead rope or nothing on at all just a rope around his neck.........well won't be a rope anymore cause he broke it today.....he was naughty. He took off having a fit because I wouldn't let him follow his buddy, so he took off when I asked him to do a circle...and he wouldn't stop lol
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