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post #41 of 53 Old 06-10-2012, 07:18 PM
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Yep :P That's naughty in our book. If you ride without pinched knees though, you eventually will gain strength from using just your balance alone and will become a very very good rider.

Not saying you aren't now, because you've made remarkable progress and your position is amazing, but you can only improve more! :)

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #42 of 53 Old 06-11-2012, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)
Everyone here has helped me very much and I'm very grateful for that ;))

When I started riding using my balance more, I realised, that I don't feel as exhausted as before and I stopped falling from horses ^_^
I don't even remember when was the last time I fell... (yesterday in the race was the first time when I stayed on a bucking mare and didn't feel much D)
Thank you again ;)
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post #43 of 53 Old 06-11-2012, 03:12 AM
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You're welcome!! And I'm glad!

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #44 of 53 Old 06-11-2012, 02:47 PM
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I think you need to put your elbows in more and hold your reins and make sure your thumbs are pointing to the sky. I tmay be the camera angle that makes you look like you're holding your hands like you'd ride a bike. You also seem to have your hands by the pommel. Give the pony room to breathe, put your hands forward, escpecially when you jump. And toes need to be pointing forward! (this is coming from a dressage person...I don't know what your goal is)
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post #45 of 53 Old 06-13-2012, 10:36 PM
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flatwork...

To stop motoring your horse keep your horse in front of you by keeping your hands up. Also you need to keep your heel down and leg tight.
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post #46 of 53 Old 06-21-2012, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSKX...e_gdata_player
Okay... This might be the the last time when I try racing, because I like jumping more
But anyway, I think it would be great to have a little critique for me AND the horse. :) (we don't use racing saddles because we will participate only in races without any arabs or thoroughbreds, by the way, we're not professionals )

What I think from seeing that video is my hands... I don't have any contact with the horse... If you see anything else (I'm sure you will ) tell me the mistake and how to get rid of it :)
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post #47 of 53 Old 07-25-2012, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hey :)
We had a small show and I participated with my beloved mare Loze :)) Sadly, we were disqualified for refusals :) But oh well, maybe next time will be better D

Here are some photos. From them I can see that I'm slowly going down... T_T So I need to get better soon :))

1) Flapping with my arms... D


2) Leaning forward... :// By the way, does she look collected? Are her hind legs good or should they step more forward?


3) One jump was caught on video... (sorry for bad quality...)
I look awful, I'm standing on the stirrups completely D Maybe it's because the mare's jump is so rounded?
How can I make my position better? The horse always makes jumps like that and I don't want to ruin her :))




And for some fun... :) Time to sit and take a rest




I hope you understood everything I said here DD
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post #48 of 53 Old 07-25-2012, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hey :)
We had a small show and I participated with my beloved mare Loze :)) Sadly, we were disqualified for refusals :) But oh well, maybe next time will be better D

Here are some photos. From them I can see that I'm slowly going down... T_T So I need to get better soon :)) I would like to hear your opinion how to correct my mistakes :))
I can see some of them, but not everything, so.... Go on :))

1) Flapping with my arms... D


2) Leaning forward... :// By the way, does she look collected? Are her hind legs good or should they step more forward?


3) One jump was caught on video... (sorry for bad quality...)
I look awful, I'm standing on the stirrups completely D Maybe it's because the mare's jump is so rounded?
How can I make my position better? The horse always makes jumps like that and I don't want to ruin her :))




And for some fun... :) Time to sit and take a rest




I hope you understood everything I said here DD
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post #49 of 53 Old 07-25-2012, 08:11 PM
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I'm thinking She may need some time with Either a ground rail rolled out about .5 to.75 m in front of the jump Or a very ramped oxer With the front bar very low and the back at normal height. If she does that all the time, she may need a little help backing herself off the jumps. Schoolong that way for a while may help.

Also, if you find that you are holding back, it may cause her to get to the base and have to jump more up than over. I can't tell without seeing the approach, however.
Good luck!
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post #50 of 53 Old 08-22-2012, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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I'm back with my beloved crazy ponyyyy ;DD I just realised that few days ago, in a competition it was my 1,5years of riding "anniversary" I'm very happy for that :)) Soo, here are some photos from the competition: Approaching the jump 70cm - 3rd place of 18 I see that I started holding onto the horse with my heels... This is bad, I guess? How can I make that habit go away? I'll be waiting for your response :)
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