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        11-01-2008, 07:37 AM
    Critique welcome :)

    Haro all!
    Was hoping I could get some constructive criticism on my riding...
    This vid was taken over 6 weeks ago (Chief has been out of work since then, bringing him back in tomorrow, more videos yay!).
    I'm using a market harborough for that ride.
    I know my elbows are often too straight, but apart from that, any glaring issues? (Oh and I'm often on the wrong trot diagonal).
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        11-01-2008, 03:58 PM
    The two things that stood out for me were that you seem to look down quite a bit, and your toes were pointed down or your feet were just even (i.e. Your heels weren't down).

    You and Cheif make a great team; he moves nicely!
        11-01-2008, 04:40 PM
    You two look good together
    You said about your elbows, and I agree with the chin up and heels down, I noticed that in rising trot you rise quite big, it looks like a big effort, you don't really need to rise so high. You hands are quite dark but you possibly have piano hands (lol, I have bad piano hands) make sure your hands are upright And toes facing forwards
    That was just knit picking though, you guys look great and he moves very nicely
        11-01-2008, 06:20 PM
    Thanks for that guys!
    With the heels, I find that if I push them down my lower leg slips forwards- any tips on how to avoid that? (And yeah im a shocker for pram hands and looking down too, cheers haha)
        11-01-2008, 07:28 PM
    Sorry I don't have any tips my legs go forward too! Maybe stirrups up a hole? and just focus on keeping your leg back. Or maybe non stirrups keeping your toes up and legs in the right place, then they should stay when you take your stirrups back.
    Oh I don't know! Help anyone!
        11-02-2008, 04:40 PM
    Green Broke
    Lots of two point will help your leg train itself

    You two make a good pair!
        11-03-2008, 02:41 AM
    Ahh good idea kickshaw cheers! And thanks everyone :) Gawd, rode him yesterday and he did fairly well (wasn't asking much of him after 6 weeks out), but rode him tonight and he was a complete nutter! Got about 10 or so pigroots haha, he leaned on my leg like god knows what... it's like he's off the track all over again! Oh well we'll get there :)
        11-03-2008, 07:21 AM
    Ok first off position check.
    -Check that your heels are down, really stretch through from you hip down the back off you calf and try to keep your lower leg on and stedy, squeeze when you need to but down pull your leg back every stride to push him on.
    -You elbows do look a tad straight but not too bad
    -and yes you need to look up and use your head as a balance, turn it when your changind direction, look to where your going

    Your horse has a lovely walk, try to get it a tiny bit more active.

    Shorten your reins a tad and throw in some half halts with your outside rein and you ask him forwards, just to remind him to use his hindquarters.

    Make sure your inside leg is on the girth on your circles, everything kinda flops around and that's where you get balance issues. Your inside leg is there for him to bend around and use as a support frame (though not leaning on it!) and balance.

    Your hands look fantastic and even and steady, but watch you don't lift them with your body when you ride, many riders do it

    Your thrusting a lot as you rise, heels down, legs on and use your legs to push him forwards not the thrusting of your hips.

    You guys are looking pretty good so far! I'd love to see some more soon to see how you've improved!
        11-03-2008, 10:05 AM
    Hmm seems my legs are causing me grief!
    His trot is very lofty, throws me around a lot and I find it VERY hard to sit to it hence why I rise, and in doing so I can't drive him forwards as easily so I'm always having to squeeze him on! (He's lazy lol) If only he had a trot like my Auntie's connemara... lol it's heaven!
    Thanks for that though, definitely some stuff to think about for a while. I'll try and get my mate up in the next week or so to take some more videos for me- I won't do it just yet because it ain't pretty! Rofl (I didn't realise 6 weeks out would make ME unfit too haha)

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