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    11-19-2008, 08:40 PM
Horse and Rider Critique (video)

My Horse and I have been in training for about three weeks. He is a former Racehorse and we would eventually like to do some jumping. I realize my form doesn't look so good but I have not been riding in about 15 years and I never had any technical training. I don't know why I keep getting all hunched over.... ok enough excuses about my riding.
As for my horse... he's been doing great but he is very heavy in the bit and likes to pull. Also, you'll see in the video when he is cantering towards the camera he pulls his body off the rail. So any suggestions on how to fix this would be appreciated.
Sorry about the wind noise but I wanted you to hear what the instructor was saying. The first video is the trot and 2nd is cantering!
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    11-19-2008, 08:43 PM
Green Broke
Okay im not a pro at critiquing by any means but I will try.

As you already mentioned your hunched over and when your trotting you seem to be flinging yourself out of the saddle. That's all I really see. Very pretty horse btw!
    11-19-2008, 08:55 PM
When you say flinging.. do you mean I'm popping up too far, or too far forward?
    11-19-2008, 09:46 PM
I think maybe you should lengthen your stirrups they are to short which is pushing you forward and making you rise to high put them down a few holes and you will centre yourself more.
Lovely boy he looks really comfortable
    11-19-2008, 09:51 PM
What I can see-

Trot: You seem to be pumping your body back and forth, instead of sitting deep and letting the motion of the trot push your pelvis forward and back. Posting should be a really gentle motion. You also seem to lift your hands a bit and turn your hands over (thumbs up!).

Canter: You've already covered the learning forward but you want to sit up and deep with the motion of the gait. You actually have a lovely lower leg position at the canter, but the learning forward makes it look like you're about to run down the track with him. I know you said he likes to track off of the rail at the canter, but you're also pushing your hands up his neck and loosening his rein as he's doing that, so you can't give him much direction that way.

Your guy's an absolute dreamboat I really like him.
    11-19-2008, 10:55 PM
Green Broke
Just curious did you use to ride western at any point??? Everything was mostly said.
    11-20-2008, 08:49 AM
Like I said before I have not been riding since I was a kid. My dad trained Race horses and we had a training facility in our back yard. I probably had 10 ponies at some point throughout my childhood. Sometimes I rode western, exercise saddle, bareback...I never had any technical training.
One of the problems I'm having is that my horse is not very responsive to leg pressure so I feel like I have to get low in order to get good contract with my legs. I'm also looking down at his legs to see if he's on the correct lead etc...
I do appreciate the suggestions...
    11-20-2008, 10:32 AM
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Your horse has alot of potential, he'll be really cute in the hunt circuit. I think you know most of your issues already and you are on the right track w/ a trainer...

I'll hit on the obvious, You know you are a little hunched at your shoulders. You are much too forward in my opinion at the canter. (But hunt riders are forward ...) I think you need to bring your heels down more, your feet are pushed too far forward in your stirrups....You just want to place the ball of your foot on the stirrup. It's pushed way up onto your arch. Now... Scoot forward in the saddle, keep your lower leg back, heels down and roll up onto your pelvis. You are allowing your legs to slide forward while you are attempting to ride in 2 point or jump position but it is throwing you off balance so you are doing alot of bouncing.

I know that sounds bad but you actually arent doing horrible, especially for having had several years off. You mentioned that he's not listening to your leg... It's probalby because your leg is not strong yet. You probably feel like you are giving all of your leg to him, but you probably arent. Just keep working on your seat and balance and the rest will come.

Overall you guys are a really cute pair and I think you will do well together. Good luck!
    11-20-2008, 03:27 PM
Originally Posted by jacken around    
I think maybe you should lengthen your stirrups they are to short which is pushing you forward and making you rise to high put them down a few holes and you will centre yourself more.
Lovely boy he looks really comfortable

I couldnt agree more.
    11-20-2008, 03:38 PM
Good, I prefer the stirrups longer. My instructor was the one that told me to shorten. The longer the stirrup the easier it is to balance for me.

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