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    05-27-2013, 01:54 AM
I know the quality is awful but here's a short video from today.

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    05-27-2013, 12:10 PM
Nice job :)
    05-28-2013, 01:58 PM
I'm really enjoying riding english. It's a challenge but i'm loving it! I think my horse is enjoying something different too. She's much more eager to work, or at least it seems like it to me!
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    05-28-2013, 06:00 PM
She really works nicely from what I see in the videos
    05-29-2013, 11:12 AM
Does your horse by chance have The Last Captive in her? I used to have an appendix filly by him. She turned into a fabulous HUS horse with her new owner.

I think everyone else has made very valid critiques. The one thing I want to note is that english is also about forward motion, and the horse stepping under herself. By no means am I saying you should be at that point yet. If your girl is used to doing western, it will take a little getting used to to move longer and swing through her shoulders (she is starting to do it, but sometimes she looks like she needs some encouragement). That being said, it will come in time- and I can see that your balance and comfort level in the little flaps of leather we call english saddles is getting better!

Keep at it! I'm a sucker for a good grey. :)
    05-29-2013, 03:52 PM
Her sire actually is The Last Captive! From what I know about him, he was a HUS horse as are many of his foals. I'm not sure who decided to make Kara a WP horse, but I don't think it was the best decision. Ha
    06-07-2013, 10:14 AM
Looking good OP :)

I am so far from being an expert that it is not funny, but I do have some suggestions...

Try riding with a neck strap (can be a polo wrap, thin piece of leather or an old stirrup leather - which is what I use) you can use it to hold onto to aid with your balance and keep your hands steady while you are learning. I use one on any new horse and whenever I jump. My instructor introduced me to one at the start of this year as I told her I wanted to improve my balance... I now love it. Hated it at first, it was the biggest PITA, but it has helped so much.

As has been said before, you are sitting in a bit of a chair seat. Try and sit to the front of your saddle and imagine that you are trying to touch the ground with your heels from the saddle. I find it helps me keep my lower leg position, it should be under you and not move as you post.

For your two point... do a lot of core strengthening exercises! And also some work without stirrups to work on your balance and lower leg. If you are not balanced in two point, it makes it harder for your horse but also it makes it almost impossible to stay on if something happens (a trip, spook, buck, refusal, etc) My legs and core would ache after a lesson! Two point without stirrups is evil!!

It should look something like this... but better :)

Not like this... haha My balance is horrible, my two point is horrible, my feet aren't under me... GK rushed because he was unbalanced (hence the circles), chucked an extra stride in the double, catlept and..... I fell off.

Glad to say that I don't ride like that anymore... But please let me be a cautionary tale of what can happen if you have no balance in two point!!

Keep up that hard work and you will be surprised at how much you can improve :)

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