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post #1 of 16 Old 03-08-2011, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Flatwork Critique. Tear me apart.

I finally have a video of me riding. I apologize for it being so far but, we have a big ring and my camera is broken so I can barely zoom up on it. There is a lot of noise in the background because, my BO had 2 guys organizing up the barn and cleaning up for summer time and the factory is right next door.

Rip me and my horse apart. I can handle it. You have to go to 0:44 and that's when it begins and stops at 4:09


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Oh and yes I know I have no helmet on. I don't own one sorry.
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I would really love to tear you apart, but it is a little too far away for me (I'm kind of blind). The only thing I can see is you drop your inside shoulder.
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Thanks.

I know I have to get someone to record me riding but, right now no one can so, I have to do it by myself. *frown*

How could I work at fixing the dropping of the shoulder.
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Thanks.

I know I have to get someone to record me riding but, right now no one can so, I have to do it by myself. *frown*

How could I work at fixing the dropping of the shoulder.

I have the same problem. What I do is just keep reminding myself to pick up my shoulder around the corner. You kind of have to have it in your mind at all times, then eventually you will naturally straighten out.

I still drop my shoulder sometimes, but now I can feel when I do it, and it's easier for me to correct.

I have a thread about this..there are helpful tidbits in there.

Have I improved?

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Looks pretty good. Bend you elbows . nice light seat. good rythm.
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I have the same problem. What I do is just keep reminding myself to pick up my shoulder around the corner. You kind of have to have it in your mind at all times, then eventually you will naturally straighten out.

I still drop my shoulder sometimes, but now I can feel when I do it, and it's easier for me to correct.

I have a thread about this..there are helpful tidbits in there.

Have I improved?
thank you. i'll definitely take a look at that thread. I can't even feel it when I drop my shoulder. But, thank you for pointing that out. I will definitely work on that.

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Looks pretty good. Bend you elbows . nice light seat. good rythm.
Yeah I have that problem with my elbows but, I will work on bending them more. thanks
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While your trot rhythm is steady, the horse is above the bit and showing some tension. This horse would benefit a lot from transitions within the trot to get him to soften and come onto the bit more. Every few strides, half halt, then do a lengthening, half halt, working trot, etc. Really play with the pendulum of the various tempos of trot available to you. He's got some other gears in there. It's just a matter of finding them.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Bend your elbows. Work on flexing your horse more-he looks stiff. It also looks like your lower leg is not underneath you enough and I don't see you posting with your horse-you look like you're trying to get him to move out by posting faster then he is trotting. Getting your leg under you better and using it correctly will help him step out. Being off rhythm and not using his impulsion to help you post could be causing you to come down on his back too hard-which could cause his tension.
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Feet are too far forward and leg has too much bend. I'd guess you have too much pressure on the stirrup and not enough weight in your heel. I'd try a longer stirrup and try to let your leg relax. Let gravity pull your leg down.

Let the horse's movement push you up. Then momentarily and in rhythm with the horse, allow tension in the legs to pause, then slow your return to the saddle. Relax and repeat.

I was taught posting as a way to avoid sitting the trot, rather than as a refinement of it. I think that was wrong. It led me to riding with constant tension in my legs, making me stiff. My horse then was stiff in response. I'm not an experienced rider and a video of my riding would give howls of laughter or bug-eyed revulsion if posted, so take it for what it is worth. It is something I've started to learn in the last few months. Riding should be a dance, not a wrestling match. When my calf-thigh angle is around 150-160 degrees instead of 130, and when I relax my legs, my heels come back and I can accept the horse's motion and use it to my advantage.
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