English Riding - My 7th lesson - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 165
• Horses: 0
English Riding - My 7th lesson

Hi everyone,

Please critique my lesson below. Just as a background - I've been riding for 6 months and started taking English lessons 2 months ago. I was taking Western lessons and then switched. My lesson horse is a quarter horse mare that I'm hoping to lease next year.

Sorry about the poor video quality. My camera decided to stop working at the beginning of my lesson, so my husband used his phone to record. I plan to record after I get a new camera.


I know I'm on the wrong diagonal, I can always "feel" when I'm on the wrong diagonal but for unknown reasons, I'm not able to stay on the correct diagonal. It almost feel more natural when I'm on the wrong diagonal. I've tried sitting for two beats and then I'm on the correct diagonal for about 3 strides, then somehow I end up on the wrong on again. So i'm working on that.

Constructive feedback is welcomed :)
MsKibibi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 10:37 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 4,355
• Horses: 2
I post on the wrong diagnal too....I'm new to english as well.

I think you post well! You aren't dramatic...does the horse just stop or what? I noticed the horse looks like it randomly starts walking and you are still trying to post.

I think you look good!
Gidget is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 10:44 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,157
• Horses: 0
I didn't have the sound on, so your instructor may have said this already. It is easier to post when the horse is going more forward. Typical lesson horse, he's stopping every now and then and just shuffling along in spots rather than trotting making it all the more difficult for you to post. You're doing a good job. If you can get him and keep him at the trot, (a little thump of the legs usually does it) posting will be easier.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
MyBoyPuck is offline  
post #4 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 165
• Horses: 0
Thanks Gidget. Yeah Lena can be a little lazy and just stops when she feels like it. My instructor suggests that I wear spurs but I'd rather take the time to build the leg muscles so I don't just rely on the spurs.

I do ride with the crop sometimes and after one tap on the shoulder (after I've asked 3 times with my legs) she listens, then she's more responsive without me even tapping her again.

Is not being dramatic a good thing? LOL I'm not sure how to interpret that. Again, thanks for watching and responding. :)
MsKibibi is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 165
• Horses: 0
Thanks for the feedback MyBoyPuck. I'll work on keeping her at the trot.
MsKibibi is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 10:48 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,157
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by MsKibibi View Post

I do ride with the crop sometimes and after one tap on the shoulder (after I've asked 3 times with my legs) she listens, then she's more responsive without me even tapping her again.
If you use the crop to re-enforce your leg, tap your horse behind your leg. Tapping the shoulder doesn't give the horse any reference to your leg.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
MyBoyPuck is offline  
post #7 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 165
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck View Post
If you use the crop to re-enforce your leg, tap your horse behind your leg. Tapping the shoulder doesn't give the horse any reference to your leg.
I never thought of that. Good tip. Thanks.
MsKibibi is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 11:03 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 39,781
• Horses: 2
Mskibisi,

That is a cute horse and though she wasn't offering you a lot of foward to post off of, she does move nicely through her back and has really nice rythmic trots. I think you guys will be a really good match! I like that little mare. I bet she has a lot more in her, too.

Your position is surprisingly good for so few lessons,too. your lower leg is quiet but is carrying its' fair share of your weight. You sit nicely upright and your hand position isn't bad. I did notice, not surprisingly for a beginner, that you are not able to keep your hands still relative to the horse. So when she changes speed suddenly or bobs her head, and you lose your balance, the horse gets bopped in the mouth. That has to do with you having your elbow 'locked" . It's nice that there is some bend in it (as opposed to many new riders who have their elbows as straight and stiff as rolling pins), but your elbow needs to kind of open and close as you go up and down in your posting so that your hands stay the same height off the horse .

One thing you can do is tie a piece of string to one or both of the D rings which is about a foot long. When you gather up your reins, also hold the little string so that once your hands are positioned, the slack is out of the string . Now, as you post, you dont want the string to go slack and snap tight, but rather to maintain a constant tightness. (keeps your hands in same place.) You can easily let go of the string if you need to.

I think you have a really good start and I wish you continued success.
tinyliny is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 11:20 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
I think you do great in such a short time!

I may be wrong (as you and a horse are rather small in that video ), but it looks to me you post little too high (too much out of saddle), and you are posting "by legs" (up/down, relaying on stirrups) rather than moving your hips.

Have you tried riding without stirrups yet? That really helps with the balance.

And good luck on keeping such a good progress!
kitten_Val is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old 12-21-2010, 11:35 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: eastern shore of maryland
Posts: 31
• Horses: 0
When I learned to post, my instructor spent a good amount of time at the sitting trot. This is used to put the rider more in tune with the rhythym of the horse and feel the timing in between strides. Also, imagining an egg between you and the saddle sometimes helps. You don't want to sit hard on the egg and break it, so staying closer to the saddle but off of it can sometimes help regulate your post. Posting high can make you hit the saddle hard- or puts more time in a post stride- which will set you off time with the horse.
guitar756 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First English lesson! equiniphile English Riding 8 06-29-2010 10:18 AM
Finding a good english lesson barn? Rowzy English Riding 5 03-27-2010 02:44 PM
My English Lesson sandy2u1 Horse Talk 2 08-15-2009 01:28 AM
took my first English lesson tjolly English Riding 16 06-07-2009 10:11 PM
my english lesson progress Aliboo English Riding 4 06-21-2008 10:47 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome