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post #1 of 6 Old 04-06-2012, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Do you see any improvement?

I had some of my lesson taped today and I was looking back at some old videos of my riding, I don't really see much improvement, but I would really like to hear some other opinions!

So the first part of the video is from a lesson in september, and the second part is from my lesson today. Also, I just stared back up again after a 3 month break. So please critique me, but not the horses.

Here is what I see:
-I need more bend in my elbows
-My leg needs to be a little farther back??
-My posting looks a little "forced" or something ( It might be like that because I was trying to keep them moving foward)

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-06-2012, 02:22 AM
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Hi, Where in Washington are you? (I saw the "mountain fresh Rainier" on the wall!)

It's kind of hard to compare since the two horses move quite differently. I like that you have a steady hand and are not bopping the horse in the mouth.
In the first video, your stirrups were really short and your knee way off the horse. in the second you seem to have a longer leg and more "on" the horse. The paint horse seems really irritated and is hollowing out its' back, which makes me wonder about the saddle fit or something like that. You don't seem to be sitting down real hard.

To be honest, you look like a relative beginner looks. REally, well, really normal. No bad habits, just needing more time in the saddle and more riding on a horse with more energy.
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Tiny I am in the Spokane area. Thank you for the critique! It was the first time I had ridden the paint and I was still trying to figure her out because she was so different from the chestnut mare in the first vid that I usually ride.
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Anybody else want to critique me?
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-08-2012, 07:20 AM
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Compared the the first video, your lower leg seemed a lot sturdier and you have better rhythm. Your reins got shorter with the 2nd video which due to your upper body being stiff and not loosey goosey the horse was a little confused by your "go ahead and move forward" cues because you didn't have much release in your elbow and your hands would go up as you posted.

At the end, like a second before it ends, the horse relaxes because you dropped your hands and relaxed for a split second.. then when he head went down I'm not sure if you felt she (or he) was going to yank you down but you abruptly lifted your hands up a good inch and the horse went back to bracing.

I agree with tinyliny, just more riding :) I'd focus more on relaxing and maybe some 2-point work to get that lower leg even more sturdier and make you less reliant on those stirrups (though it wasn't bad.)

Also work with longer reins until your horse begins to relax and then slowly as you ask for more forward, you can take up a little of the rein and push the horse into the contact (instead of hanging or pulling on the reins.)

It was a great improvement :) Just focus on relaxing. I'm working on it too.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-08-2012, 02:09 PM
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I agree with the first post.

In your first video, your stirrups are way too short. They are passing the roll of the saddle. Your posting did look a little force.

Yes, I do see improvement. Just need more time in the saddle is all, the second horse does need to get his head down a bit. He does look uncomfortable. Good luck!

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