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        01-13-2011, 01:20 AM
      #31
    Weanling
    As a few other people said your hands move too much. Make sure your elbows bend slightly when you post. Also, it looks like you elbows may be sticking out a bit. Try to keep them closer to your body. The posting does look a bit forced but as someone else said it's probably because the horse trots very slowly. It seems almost collected.
    I found a way to see how you look while riding is to watch your shadow. I haven't taken lessons in years so I watch how I move in my shadow to help. I was doing the same thing with my hands and it has really helped me correct this.
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        01-13-2011, 02:23 AM
      #32
    Foal
    Looks to me like you are getting a little left behind due to your lower leg being to forward. Try pulling your lower leg under you a little more. You can check your point of balance by two pointing if you are falling back pull your leg back if you are falling forward your leg needs to come forward etc. Being in balance should feel as though your legs grew long to the ground and you are standing there over your horse. Your horse looks like a very nice horse. Great job!
         
        01-13-2011, 08:13 AM
      #33
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by ilovesonya    
    or better yet, try posting without stirrups at all!
    that's the best you can do - in my opinion.

    With no supportive aids (stirrups) your body will move supported by your horse's rythm, lifting you up and taking you down. PLUS you ll strengthen your legs a lot.

    Try after doing warming to ride without stirrups on sitting and rising trot and then try rising trot with stirrups.
         
        01-13-2011, 10:33 AM
      #34
    Weanling
    You've def progressed from the first vid. I'm going to agree with the other poster that the current horse's lack of impulsion may be making this more difficult. A slow jog is nice when you're just getting the feel of the trot, but it's hard to post to. Surviving without stirrups is not only about leg strength but your core. You need to be able to move your stomach and hips with the movement. The best way it was ever described to me is imagine you stomach/butt melting like chocolate does in the sun. Let it soften and absorb the shock. As you feel the bounce rotate your pelvis forward and up with the corresponding shoulder. You still want that soft feeling but "bouncing" in rhythm with the horses hind quarters.

    When your arms get locked, roll your shoulders/ arms. This lesson horse looks reasonable enough that you should be able to rest on the neck with one hand if you have to for balance while you loosen up. Does you trainer have you do any centering stretches before you get moving? I find they really help me if I'm tight.
         
        01-16-2011, 06:45 PM
      #35
    Banned
    Your to exaggerated !! Relax and go slower!
         
        01-18-2011, 09:03 PM
      #36
    Weanling
    I didn't read everyone's responses, so someone may have already said it, but the first thing I notice is that you are much to upright with your upper body. Your spine angle should match your calf angle. (/ like the slash, if that makes any sense lol) You look like you are hip thrusting hehe ^^. But it is understandable if you have just gotten back into riding, practice makes perfect! Good luck! :)

    Edit: I just saw the second video you posted, you seem much more controlled and quieter in this one. That very good :) You are still sitting too far on your tail bone. You should try pivoting your pelvis forward more, (think of like how you stick your but out) that will help with your spine angle as well. The saddle might be too small, but you also make it look smaller by the way you are sitting on it, so trying the above might help that as well. Ask your trainer about it if you are confused :)
         
        01-18-2011, 10:18 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    Yes thanks everyone :) I rode Coal on Saturday. It was the best lesson I've had yet! I barely had to lift out of the saddle, and I didn't get tired at all. He has a very fast trot as well as walk. And it helped a lot that he turns like as soon as you touch the bit so it wasn't a struggle to turn and then switching diagonals and that whole mess...I think I'm riding him from now on so I'm excited about lessons now and not dreading it! The only downside is that he is gaited as it turns out (but he does havea trot too), and he doesn't jump very well. But that's okay, maybe once I master this posting thing I can go back to Casper :)

    Also, I did get a video. Except its only like 5 seconds because my dad couldn't figure out how to work the camera...so I don't know if I should even bother putting it up.
         
        01-19-2011, 02:02 AM
      #38
    Foal
    You are posting a tad too high out of the saddle. Your leg position, being so far in front of you, has also pushed your seat far back. Keep your left slightly behind the girth and you will find it easier to post in the front of the saddle. Also, it looks as if you are using the reins and the horses mouth for balance; if you have trouble balancing grab a bit of mane or the pommel of your saddle.
         

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