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        04-09-2013, 12:39 PM
      #21
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    ^^^ Good advice - I also did ballet as a young teenager and continued to do the exercises - I gave up as horses began to take up so much time and also I was way too clumsy to be any good!!!
    I can also highly recommend cycling for building up leg muscles, keeping your bum off the seat for as much as possible.
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        04-09-2013, 04:45 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    Do you have access to a horse with a lot of movement? Like wamblood, big, bouncy, couldn't-sit-if-my-life-depended-on-it movement? Both the horses in these videos have small, flat movement, with little suspension. Riding a big moving horse might help you focus on balancing, and absorbing motion, rather than just sitting there and be taken for a ride. Sometimes it's hard to feel the difference on small moving horses since there isn't much to absorb in the first place. Just a thought, riding a big moving horse really helped me get my sitting trot under control and I had to learn how to really ride it properly.
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        04-09-2013, 05:19 PM
      #23
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by ponypile    
    Do you have access to a horse with a lot of movement? Like wamblood, big, bouncy, couldn't-sit-if-my-life-depended-on-it movement? Both the horses in these videos have small, flat movement, with little suspension. Riding a big moving horse might help you focus on balancing, and absorbing motion, rather than just sitting there and be taken for a ride. Sometimes it's hard to feel the difference on small moving horses since there isn't much to absorb in the first place. Just a thought, riding a big moving horse really helped me get my sitting trot under control and I had to learn how to really ride it properly.
    My horse does and I seem to do better with him (not as much tension)

    But.. he's in the states and I only ride whatever horses or ponies I'm told to ride *shrug*

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    Well the embarrassing-myself streak continues. Here's another part of the lesson (and one I found confusing) and yes my name is Maggie. I haven't watched it fully myself yet but I began to take more control cause I was tired of pony-boy taking me for a ride. At one point I spanked him with my leg and tapped him with the whip to get him to stop cutting into the circle. But still my posture is rigid and not very effective.

         
        04-09-2013, 05:35 PM
      #24
    Started
    Sky, you've given me tons of critiques and I must say I've been stalking this thread like a crazy person.

    To me, it looks like you need to breathe. Just take a moment every now and then and take a deep breath and reeelaaaax.

    I've never had a lesson, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be acceptable to take a minute here and there to just drop your stirrups, loosen up your core, let everything relax and breathe.

    When I'm riding Squiggy and she's giving me a hard time, I will honestly stop and let her free walk wherever we are, and I will just chill out completely for a couple minutes and then try whatever I was trying again. Otherwise, I just get too tense and frustrated and snap on her and it's just a negative experience for her.

    My highly un-professional opinion. :)
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        04-09-2013, 05:44 PM
      #25
    Showing
    Thanks :) I agree... this may seem dumb but I forget to breathe sometimes.

    Okay so in the last... 2 minutes I notice I'm not trying to sit up as tall and I seem less archy. Hopefully you all can see that..
         

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