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post #1 of 5 Old 07-27-2010, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage Critique? - Video

I've been working my gelding for almost 2 months now after a 2 year break/recovery/being a horse period and today decided I'd go ahead and set up a video camera while I rode. Personally, I think he looks great and I think he feels incredible as well. Obviously he needs more work, but I'd like your opinions on his progress anyway. I'd also love any critiques on my riding as well. I haven't had a lesson in over a year (and I think it shows) and still haven't found a trainer in my area that I like. The one at my barn, well, I don't even like watching her give lessons so there's no way I'd enjoy receiving one from her. Anyway, enough of my babble, here's the video. Apologies for the lengthiness (I actually had to upload a shortened version to YouTube since the other one was like 11 minutes), kudos to anyone who watches the whole thing. xD

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-27-2010, 07:36 PM
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Bend your elbows and carry your hands up! My trainer is always yelling at me to "Put that 90 degree bend back in your arm!" Make sure you also really roll your shoulders back and open up your chest.

Looks like you guys are doing pretty well though!
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Lookin' good! I thought I was watching my own training session. We're just about in the same place. I use walk-trot transitions about the same way as you and also do leg yield to get him into the outside rein. Works great! Your horse looks nice and relaxed. He's mostly connected over his back and reaching into nice forgiving contact up front. It's so nice to see others not pulling on their horse's face. You obviously understand the true goals of dressage.

Like wildberry said, your shoulders are a tad slouched, but nothing that screams hunchback or anything. I like your upper body in the canter. You absorb his motion nicely and appear to be nice and still.

Your horse could stand to have a little more impulsion at the trot. You already know to transition between gaits. I'm thinking next step is to transition within gaits. Working trot to trot lengthening transitions would be a good next step to developing his impulsion and test his balance a little more. He looks like he's ready for it.

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Shoulder hunching has always been an issue for me. And like wildberry said, my arms don't keep the nice 90 degree angle. I have super long arms so I tend to overcompensate and really keep them less bent at the elbow than I should. xD

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bump. :)

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