How Do I look? (Hunter)

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How Do I look? (Hunter)

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    02-02-2011, 01:35 AM
How Do I look? (Hunter)

This was 3 weeks ago, I know I need more bend in my elbow but what else?
I am in the green/ tan breeches the Charles owen on the Bay mare with red polos!
Thanks :)
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    02-02-2011, 07:50 PM
Overall you have great basics and I agree with the elbows. There isn't much I can say about this ebcause you have a pretty still leg, your horse looks alert, I'd like to see a little more power come from the hind end so he has more impulsion but that will come with time. Beautiful horse and great hack.(:
    02-03-2011, 02:22 AM
Thanks:) she is my trainers horse! She's a saint :)

Anyone else?
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    02-03-2011, 08:41 AM
Video is hard to follow, the funky colored bubbles make a hard to see rider even more difficult to see.
    02-03-2011, 10:42 AM

If you watch up to 2:35 that may be a better video here! Sorry
    02-04-2011, 12:38 AM
Bumppp :)
    02-04-2011, 08:27 AM
It looks like you have a good basic seat. I agree about your arms/elbows.
    02-06-2011, 02:46 PM
Thanks :) I had 4 more rides this week and they all seemed to go away when I thought about it. Any tips for sitting deep in my saddle? It looks like I am bouncing out of the tack, and she's a super comfy mare.
    02-06-2011, 06:38 PM
I also have to agree with the elbows. You do look a tad stiff - and I mean a tad. Try taking a breath and focusing on the motion of the horse. This also comes from that fact that you look like you have to keep pushing at your horse. She looks a little behind your leg by the way she goes in her canter. Also your foot is slightly too far in the stirrup and you need to rotate your toe so it is pointing more forward. I notice that you are using a crop also, maybe when she picks up the canter really get her to CANTER, even do a little hand gallop at first until you really feel her infront of your leg so you can relax a little and do a half seat(or sit if you prefer). Another thing to work on might be getting her onto the bit and softening her topline a bit which will get her to engage her hind end and if done correctly she will have some more impulsion and move off your leg better. But again - very small corrections and you have a FANTASTIC base. The smaller things seem to be the hardest to correct too but you have a great horse, and you are getting this advice from an EQ rider :)

Great ride and cute horse!

(Also I was watching bits and pieces of the video while posting at the same time so I can't say I saw the entire thing)
    02-06-2011, 08:06 PM
I pretty much agree with what everyone else has said. I'd also like to add that your leg looks like it slipped behind the girth. Your stirrups could probably be lengthened a hole, but do hunters too and I prefer to ride with my stirrups on the short side, especially when I'm jumping. I'd like to see you slide your leg about an inch forward; it looks like your leg is behind you. Your toes are pointed too far out, and your foot looks a bit too far in the stirrup. Make sure the stirrup is right under the ball of your foot, and work on keeping your toes pointed forward. That being said, you look like a nice rider with a very good base. :)

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