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post #1 of 17 Old 06-28-2008, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Finally-Pics of Spree and I! IMAGE HEAVY

I know there are tons of things I need to improve on: lengthening my stirrups, rolling my shoulders back, maybe giving more with my hands, sitting deeper, but please, critique away! I'm haphazardly throwing these online at the library, so they're out of gait sequence.



































































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post #2 of 17 Old 06-28-2008, 05:46 PM
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i'm definitely not the queen of critiques, but the only thing I can see is that you seem a little slouched and your hands are too low especially in the canter pics.

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post #3 of 17 Old 06-28-2008, 05:47 PM
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The things that stick out to me:
Roll your shoulders back and sit up straight
Look up! You're looking everywhere
Get those heels down
Get those thumbs up
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-28-2008, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, it's a little disconcerting to see so many pictures of myself (my boyfriend came out and took literally 130 pictures today). I know I need to roll my shoulder back; I do fine unless I'm concentrating on something/tensing up, then I tend to round. And yes, I'm looking everywhere, especially down. Eyes up and ahead, I need to work on that.

Brightside, I definitely need some work at the trot and canter. Because it's been so muddy and rainy and I've only been working with Spree for a little over a month, we've done a lot of walking. I'm also getting back into riding after a couple years hiatus, so I am super rusty on a lot of things.

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I'm not the best critiquer but I will give it a try.

First off you have a chair seat.. you really need to put your stirrups down and bring your leg back and relax put you heals down and sink all the weight into them!

You have pram hands you might want to put thumbs on top =]
I also agree with what has been said above.. That saves me typing some more haha

With your horse, He/She looks heaps tense and not relaxed at all.
Personally you should only walk and once you've got Him/her relaxed heaps in the walk wanting to stretch down, working off your leg, suppling, bending etc etc then ask for trot.. and do what you've trained in the walk but for the trot and when she brings her head down to stretch ask for some more forward and then she'll round her back and drive from behind rather then forward but if she goes to bring her head up don't grab the reins stick your hands down to force her (yes im saying it's a girl lol) just do what you done more .. ask with your leg and seat using the inside rein to ask for her to supple to the inside.. And so on and so on. It wont happen over night that's for sure it took me and my horse 4 weeks to master that.

=] But this is my way of doing things, a lot of people do it different for each horse. So if it works it works if not try doing it another way.
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I'm not the best critiquer but I will give it a try.

First off you have a chair seat.. you really need to put your stirrups down and bring your leg back and relax put you heals down and sink all the weight into them!

You have pram hands you might want to put thumbs on top =]
I also agree with what has been said above.. That saves me typing some more haha

With your horse, He/She looks heaps tense and not relaxed at all.
Personally you should only walk and once you've got Him/her relaxed heaps in the walk wanting to stretch down, working off your leg, suppling, bending etc etc then ask for trot.. and do what you've trained in the walk but for the trot and when she brings her head down to stretch ask for some more forward and then she'll round her back and drive from behind rather then forward but if she goes to bring her head up don't grab the reins stick your hands down to force her (yes im saying it's a girl lol) just do what you done more .. ask with your leg and seat using the inside rein to ask for her to supple to the inside.. And so on and so on. It wont happen over night that's for sure it took me and my horse 4 weeks to master that.

=] But this is my way of doing things, a lot of people do it different for each horse. So if it works it works if not try doing it another way.
Thanks, those are great tips. I can tell I need to drop my stirrups at least one hole, and I can totally see that chair seat you're talking about My thumbs aren't on top? Am I rotating my hands inward so the thumbs face one another?

Yea, absolutely. Quite honestly, we had a really limited time frame to work in today, and I wanted to make sure I got pictures that could be critiqued, because usually I ride alone. Spree is basically only green broke, and my knowledge in training a horse is very limited. But we definitely normally spend 15-20 minutes at a walk, but I could definitely do more bending/suppling exercises with her. Any suggestions? She's probably also looking tense because my seat isn't great and she's pissed off about it (totally understandable). And she is a mare, so you guessed right :)

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brightside, I definitely need some work at the trot and canter. Because it's been so muddy and rainy and I've only been working with Spree for a little over a month, we've done a lot of walking. I'm also getting back into riding after a couple years hiatus, so I am super rusty on a lot of things.
oh no worries! We're just here to help!

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brightside, I definitely need some work at the trot and canter. Because it's been so muddy and rainy and I've only been working with Spree for a little over a month, we've done a lot of walking. I'm also getting back into riding after a couple years hiatus, so I am super rusty on a lot of things.
oh no worries! We're just here to help!
And I totally appreciate it; sorry if that came across as defensive. :) I want all the critique you guys can throw at me. I'm not taking lessons with a trainer right now, so it's all things I should work on on my own.

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You don't look too bad, wow Spree's so pretty!! Remember to look up more & bring that leg back a bit.

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post #10 of 17 Old 06-28-2008, 08:30 PM
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ok so you know what other people have said so far. Mkae a checklist an check off things as you improve them.
The only thing I will add which I don't think anyone else has picked up yet, is that your upper arms should be dropping straight down to the ground, when we stand naturally n the ground our arms stretch down, not with our arms forwards like we're pushing something..
You also look like you hanging on his mouth a bit in saome of the pics, coming from you being tense in your hands and holding them too low. Rememebr there needs to be a direct line of contact going from the horses mouth to your elbows :)
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