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        07-25-2014, 11:38 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Talking Hello again! Critique My Boy and I! (Flat)

    So I posted a video of Finny and I a couple weeks ago. I got a lot of responses saying that I was pumping too much, which I definitely agree with. I have been working really hard on be a lot quieter in the saddle, so I hope the video reflects that. I've added polo wraps and a martingale to his riding routine. I think the martingale has really helped with his head placement, as his head definitely looks more "dressage-y" to me. I have veered away from jumping currently because I've noticed that I should master all gaits in the flat before going over an obstacle... Plus, I've come to realize that the small dressage exercises I've been working him with have really improved his behavior because, as I said, he is a lot more relaxed.
    Anyways, the footage in this video was taken 6 days ago. I feel like even in the short time of posting my last video, I've improved. Hopefully, some of you will feel the same way.
    Finn has been really sound lately and not as "greenishly" hyper as he used to be. Please critique both him and I in an informative way; please don't be rude.

    BTW, this video was put on YouTube as a entertainment video, so that's why there is Pop music to it:)
    Also, in the brief canter shot, I noticed that it looks like I'm pumping, but I was actually in half seat. I don't think I was out of the saddle enough to show that I was in half seat, so there's something I need to work on lol.
         
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        07-25-2014, 11:50 PM
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    Weanling
    I'm not really the best at doing critique, but I'll point out the things that I noticed.

    First of all, you and your horse are adorable.

    What I see is a case of "piano hands" going on. Your hands are turned with your fingers facing down like playing a piano, instead of with your thumbs up. I used to be really bad for this, so I noticed it right away.

    Another thing is you seem to lean forwards a bit too much. Try to sit tall and post with your hips independently from the rest of your body. Just small rises.

    Work on keeping your elbows, hips and ankles in a nice straight line, it'll really help with your positioning. Also, I can't quite tell but I think I caught you looking down in the video! Eyes up!

    Your lower leg is very solid and your heels are nice and low and in a nice position. I think it's your upper body that needs the most work.

    Lookin' good!!!
         
        07-26-2014, 02:34 PM
      #3
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    The first thing I noticed as soon as the video started was that you both looked as if you were going to a funeral - your own! There is very little impulsion at any pace, even when you are warming up the horse should be taking a good length of stride.

    I really like your horse, he looks a totally honest chap that would try his best.

    So, I agree with clumsy, you are tilting forward and your hands are what I say like a poodle begging for its dinner. You have no contact with his mouth only when you ask for a downward transition. You need to learn to be more upright, to use your seat and legs pushing into a still hand for downward transitions.

    Neither of you are terrible but you could be a lot, lot better.

    Why have you got a standing martingale on him?
         
        07-26-2014, 06:44 PM
      #4
    Trained
    I'm with Foxhunter. More than I few times I wanted to reach through the computer screen and pop him behind your leg to get him moving. You're up there posting with a very nice quiet leg and nice contact, and he's down there plodding along in low gear. You're doing more than he is. Get that sucker moving!! Really, your position is very nice and he is very nicely balanced, so he capable of soooo much more trot. I'm sure he has about 7 more trot gears in there. Lots of transitions within the trot. Really mix it up and keep him guessing. When you put your leg on, he should shoot forward. Lovely pair.
         
        07-26-2014, 09:44 PM
      #5
    Weanling
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    I'm with Foxhunter. More than I few times I wanted to reach through the computer screen and pop him behind your leg to get him moving. You're up there posting with a very nice quiet leg and nice contact, and he's down there plodding along in low gear. You're doing more than he is. Get that sucker moving!! Really, your position is very nice and he is very nicely balanced, so he capable of soooo much more trot. I'm sure he has about 7 more trot gears in there. Lots of transitions within the trot. Really mix it up and keep him guessing. When you put your leg on, he should shoot forward. Lovely pair.
    I guess I'm a little hesitant to push him forward because ever since I got him, my goal has been to slow him down and get him relaxed. Guess I got him a little too relaxed? Haha. Anyways, I'm so used to this pace that I'm kind of weary of trying to push him forward. I agree with exactly what you said; when I was watching it, I noticed times I wanted to push him forward too. Any suggestions on how I can push him forward without pushing him too fast? Also, he likes to get fast during the canter, so I've been doing canter to trot to walk and back to canter transitions. Any suggestions to help with that also? These go for anybody not just MyBoyPuck.
    Thanks!!
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        07-26-2014, 09:57 PM
      #6
    Trained
    I can see your concern in losing relaxation by asking for more trot. Just do it in baby steps. Just close your leg and ask for a few bigger steps and revert back to neutral before he tenses up. Then ask for a few more, etc. Ironically I have found, once I ask for MORE instead of more, my horse actually relaxes and blows out more since he is coming through from behind which feels better to him.
         
        07-27-2014, 02:22 AM
      #7
    Yearling
    Just because your horse is stepping up under himself with more impulsion and power driven through from his hindquarters doesn't necessarily mean his trot will be speedy. Throughout the entire trot work he needs to remember to stay underneath you, but still keep the forward impulsion.

    Also, a bigger trot won't necessarily stress him out either. Actually, if you introduce him to the concept of stretching long and low over his back at a nice, forward paced stride you might find that the good stretch is actually more relaxing for him.

    Don't be afraid of the forward- that's why our seat and legs and hands are there to half-halt and keep the horses energy circling back through the body and not running out the front end. When you keep the pace your boy does, his hindquarters are never engaging, they are just there, swinging back and forth like a pendulum. He never works it through his back. Example: the hollow and tense in his back when you ask for the walk transition, then he finally braces his front leg and stops. You want him to sit down under himself for that transition.

    On the flip side, the few strides of trot that the video shows as you trot out from the halt are much more in the direction of the quality of trot I want to see from this horse- and he is even capable of way more.

    So to sum up: impulsive trot does not equal speedy trot, Yes, the strides might be covering more ground, but the tempo and quality are all controlled by you the rider, and when you keep your aids consistent and clear, your horse stays relaxed and listening in the forward trot-nothing to worry about there. Half halts and near-walk transitions will be your friends- making sure to trot forward out of them to get the hq motors in action! Give him a pace and expect that he keeps it- no need for the ultra workout posting you are enduring-he needs to work hard too.

    I say all of this knowing very well how capable you two are- you're a great pair! I'm quite excited to see how you progress because I know you will do it and be great- I can tell that horse has an awesome stride in him.. somewhere.

    Keep up the good work!
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