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    12-21-2010, 10:26 PM
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 :)
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    12-21-2010, 10:37 PM
Green Broke
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!
    12-21-2010, 10:44 PM
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.
    12-21-2010, 10:45 PM
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. :)
    12-21-2010, 10:48 PM
Thanks for the feedback MyBoyPuck. I'll work on keeping her at the trot.
    12-21-2010, 10:48 PM
Originally Posted by MsKibibi    

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.
    12-21-2010, 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
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.
    12-21-2010, 11:03 PM

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 don't 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.
    12-21-2010, 11:20 PM
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!
    12-21-2010, 11:35 PM
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.

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