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    01-19-2010, 07:45 PM
Flat work critique. :]

So Zeus and I have had our ups and downs, and still do, but slowly (VERY slowly, ha ha) we're making progress. Right now I'm primarily riding him in his rubber d snaffle, but for lessons I ride him a 2-ring happy mouth bit. It gives me a little extra leverage, and under the supervision of my trainer I don't have to worry about cranking on him too much when I occasionally slip back into my bad habit of riding only with my hands.

We're working on one thing at a time and the first thing I've started to tackle is getting him to work off my inside leg and onto my outside rein. He's making a lot of progress with that and we practice leg yields, and should-in every ride to keep him that way. While his head carriage might not always be ideal at the moment, he's working more correctly then he was before, and that's definitely a start. I also still have many things I need to fix about myself, and we progress together, slowly, very slowly, but surely.

I set my camera on a fence post today to try and get a video of me riding. I'm going to edit it and post it up here asap, but in the meantime I did take some stills. I know they're hard to see but please do what you can.



And just because he's gorgeous.

Thanks in advance!
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    01-19-2010, 07:52 PM
Lookin' good girl! You sure got that rein contact down! Hands are in front of the pommel where they should be, straight line from elbow to bit, and enough slack to let him stretch into it. Your position looks good. The only thing I can pick on is your turns. You're turning your body more than you need to. I slight turn of your torso is all that's necessary. Most turns can be communicated by still looking through your horse's ears. Maybe work on refining that a little. Subtle riding is always a good goal.
    01-19-2010, 08:00 PM
^ Thank you! I definitely agree with you about my turns. A lot of the time my problem is I move too much with the horse, and don't hold my core, and body where it should be. I'm trying to break myself of it, and I've gotten a lot better but I still have a ways to go. Work in progress. :]
    01-19-2010, 08:52 PM
Got the video uploaded! I'd watch it full screen to see better.

SweetDisposition.flv video by iownyorsoul - Photobucket
    01-20-2010, 01:34 PM
Bumping. :]
    01-21-2010, 07:10 AM
Bumping again.
    01-21-2010, 10:29 PM
Looking good, from my perspective...he still seems to get a little strung out in the canter, but otherwise you two look like a great team; I always love seeing pics of Zu!
    01-21-2010, 10:46 PM
^ Thanks!

Yes, the canter. We don't do a lot of canter work right now. We're focusing on transitions, getting him light in the bridle, getting our trot more solid, before we seriously tackle that canter. The first time around in the video was okay, but you can definitely see the second time around that he's building up and trying to get me to let him run. It took a LOT of half-halts, and aids to even keep him that together, ha ha. We have a long road ahead of us. :]
    01-23-2010, 01:02 PM
Still open to more critiques. I do have a trainer, but I always like to hear feedback from other people, so got for it!
    01-25-2010, 02:57 PM
Man I hate having to bump this again, but it hit the second page (again) and I've only got two critiques.
Come on guys, suggestions, tips, things you notice about him or me, have at it.

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