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  • Practicing release on the flat while in two point

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    06-03-2012, 08:55 AM
  #31
Foal
For your release, I notice a nice straight line from your bit to elbow. How long have you been jumping? Are you following the motion with your hands and just keeping contact with the mouth? (automatic release) Or are you bracing against the mouth? Looks like the second, but only you can know...
     
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    06-03-2012, 09:42 AM
  #32
Foal
When we were being taught two-point we were taught to give a release by grabbing a chunk of mane a little bit forward of our hands. We did this in our lessons on the flat (could practice while your working on muscle memory!) and eventually it became instinctive to put our hands forward into two-point. Another thing we did was our instructor would just randomly tell us to go into two point on the flat and then critique our positioning, much like jumping minus the jump.

You are definitely coming along! And your super eager :) keep up the good work.
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    06-03-2012, 04:56 PM
  #33
Foal
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Originally Posted by Amberish2002    
How long have you been jumping?

Are you following the motion with your hands and just keeping contact with the mouth? (automatic release) Or are you bracing against the mouth?
I don't really know... Maybe about 6months?

I think it's more like the first one? At least I hope so
As I jump, sometimes I can feel how the horse takes as much rein as he needs... At least the pony. I'm still really not used to the bigger one - he's so much differrent...
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    06-03-2012, 04:58 PM
  #34
Foal
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Originally Posted by Linzee    
When we were being taught two-point we were taught to give a release by grabbing a chunk of mane a little bit forward of our hands. We did this in our lessons on the flat (could practice while your working on muscle memory!) and eventually it became instinctive to put our hands forward into two-point. Another thing we did was our instructor would just randomly tell us to go into two point on the flat and then critique our positioning, much like jumping minus the jump.

You are definitely coming along! And your super eager :) keep up the good work.
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Yeah, I started doing that too not so long ago... After I saw that I'm bad at combinations and can catch the horse's mouth.... As I see, holding the mane helps me a lot
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    06-09-2012, 08:34 AM
  #35
Foal
Some new flatwork photooos!!!
Recently I started serious work with a mare named Loze (Losche). She has not the best character, but I like her and hope that soon we will become closer ^_^





About the riding... I think that I still look a bit tense and my legs slip back... But I don't know how else I can make the mare round while turning... T_T Help pleaseeee....

Also, I try to "collect" her and make her head vertical (sorry, I don't know how to express my mind with other words ) She sometimes relaxes and does what I ask and sometimes she doesn't (it's clearly seen in photos )

So, that is my opinion about my mistakes and I would love to hear your critique
     
    06-09-2012, 11:27 PM
  #36
Showing
Looking good! Nice shoulder hip heel line. You are curling up a little on your leg, try to stretch down so your weight is distributed evenly down your legs.

Keep those thumbs on top!

In the second photo you look a lot more relaxed on top but there is tension down your legs. In the third photo you are VERY relaxed ontop but tense at the bottom.

When you try and 'collect' her up, do you shorten the reins and keep pushing her forward or do you kind of pull her head into position? Just curious.

Personally I would want the reins a hair longer so you could open up your chest more and sit a little deeper but very nice OP!

The 2nd photo she is turning/bending and staying put together. Where exactly do you have trouble with losing the "connected" feeling when turning? You mentioned your leg slips back.
     
    06-10-2012, 01:03 AM
  #37
Foal
When I turn her she tends to "fall". Then I try to hold herself with my leg, but it is not enough, then I have to push my leg much harder (that's why my bottom looks tense) Also, when turning, she always turns her head where needed, but her doesn't change direction. Then I have to push my legs again, and this time much further from the girth, that's when my leg slips back.

When I'm collecting the mare, I keep her moving and at the same time I keep twitching the reins gently -left, right, left, right... When I'm turning, I use only the inner rein and just keep in contact with the other...
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    06-10-2012, 01:22 AM
  #38
Foal
*her body doesn't change direction
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    06-10-2012, 04:40 AM
  #39
Showing
Oh.

I was taught to turn with my body, and on a green horse use the rein and sort of "open" the door.

How I do it is look where I want to go, hold with my inside leg and tap with my outside leg and bring my outside hand a little further from the horse's neck to support their shoulder and my inner hand encourages them to stretch as my seat moves them forward.

Your leg supports the horse's body, but your hand supports their shoulder. If they're falling in, your hand isn't helping. Only a trainer can help you with that as it's a moving deal and you need step by step coaching. Especially if you ride differently than I do.

Maybe you turn too sharply for her level of fitness?
     
    06-10-2012, 11:51 AM
  #40
Foal
Yeah, our riding styles are very different :)
Here, in Lithuania, everyone is taught to ride pinching with knees, especially in jumping... So when I read that everyone here doen't ride like this it was very strange
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