Have I improved? - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,276
• Horses: 0
Have I improved?

So I was wondering if I improved any in 5 months.
Also please feel free to critique the most recent pictures.

These pictures are from September...




And these pictures are from last weekend 2/13.







ErikaLynn is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 02:26 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,324
• Horses: 0
Your leg has come back under you more in the newer pics Erika, which is good....but it looks like you have more bend in your elbows in the older pics. Thumbs on top!

It looks like your mare was jumping over the pole instead of just cantering over it, so you should get off her back just a little bit more and give her just a smidgen of a release. Is she still being really excitable?

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
VelvetsAB is offline  
post #3 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,276
• Horses: 0
She was actually being well behaved that day, she was jumping the poles with her back legs for some reason.

I was practicing shortening and lengthening strides in between ground poles, and trying to keep her straight down lines. I never thought to treat ground poles as jumps...so I'll remember that for next time.

I don't know if you can tell, but I've developed this habit of dropping my inside shoulder...I can't seem to get over it. Any advice for that?
ErikaLynn is offline  
post #4 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 02:43 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,324
• Horses: 0
Well....if she was just cantering, you could just sit over them, but she looked like she was jumping over it.

Thats actually a very good excercise for both of you, and will be good for shows. If your goal is to be practicing for lines at a show, then pretend its a jump...but just staying slightly out of the saddle would be sufficient for it, since really....it is just a pole on the ground.

I didn't notice it, and after looking at the pics again, none of your shoulders seem down further then another. Is it more in the corners, or is it over jumps?

In the corners, just remember to stay in the center. Over jumps, just think about keeping your back straight and chest open.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
VelvetsAB is offline  
post #5 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,276
• Horses: 0
She was cantering over the poles, but then would jump up with her back legs.

I usually drop my shoulder in the corners...I have a picture of it, and when I saw it I couldn't believe how titled I looked. I'm OK when I think about keeping my shoulder up, but I have to constantly think about doing it.
ErikaLynn is offline  
post #6 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 02:51 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,324
• Horses: 0
Put weight into your outside heel, and it *should* help you stay more in the center of your saddle, and help prevent dropping your shoulder.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
VelvetsAB is offline  
post #7 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,276
• Horses: 0
Great! I'll try that.
ErikaLynn is offline  
post #8 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 03:49 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central Maine
Posts: 671
• Horses: 1
Like mentioned above, your leg looks much better! The first few pictures showed an obvious chair seat, while in the other pictures your leg is nicely underneath you and looks much more stable. I agree on your arms, it looks like you're pushing your hands out in front of you. Work on softening those elbows.

As far as the leaning thing, you will have to constantly think about it at first until it becomes habit to keep that shoulder up. It may be something where your horse is more off balance and you're just following the motion. (just trying to think of why it may have developed) Just really think of staying straight up around every corner, and try to keep your horse balanced as well. You balancing will help with that, though. Dropping your shoulder will only cause your horse to also lean in.

A horse is the projection of peoples' views about themselves--strong, powerful, beautiful--and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existance.
Amlalriiee is offline  
post #9 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,276
• Horses: 0
Thanks Amlalriiee...you're right..around corners I drop my shoulder and so does the horse. So the two of us are tilted all over the place. She is off balance, I think that is why I started leaning...now I'm trying to get her to balance around corners and me dropping my shoulder is hindering her. Now when I ride I have to think..shoulders up.
ErikaLynn is offline  
post #10 of 16 Old 02-16-2011, 04:15 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 39,700
• Horses: 2
If you put a bend in her around corners by lifting her inside shoulder (get her to flex her jaw on inside and put more inside leg on) she won't feel so unbalanced and you won't mimic her with your shoulder.
Get your elbow more connected to your core, get some softness in her jaw.
Your leg postiion is better. Head too.
tinyliny is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How have I improved? Beau Baby Horse Riding Critique 11 12-31-2010 04:54 PM
Has his condition improved? IslandWave Horse Riding Critique 6 04-19-2010 09:51 PM
Has My Position Improved?? blush Horse Riding Critique 9 04-12-2010 09:56 AM
Have i improved? juju Horse Riding Critique 3 11-08-2009 09:09 AM
Has my jumping improved? Flyinghigh12 Horse Riding Critique 10 09-26-2009 08:42 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome