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post #1 of 6 Old 08-04-2012, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Well I just finished typing a long post and putting in my attachments when I pushed the wrong button and lost everything. So here's the quick version of my pervious novel:
Until 2/2011 I rode western. When I bought Amber in 10/2011 she was an ex-broodmare with 60 days barrel training. I had just finished a 4 year lease during which time I had no formal lessons. Amber and I have had lots of problems but I feel we've come a long way. Below I attached a video and two pictures. The pictures are older and for reference, so please do not critique them, just the video. In the video Amber was misbehaving a bit, especially to the left so I started riding worse when we turned to track left. Please do not critique Amber, usually she carries herself nicer than she was today.

Picture from 7/2011:
http://i409.photobucket.com/albums/p...r/Amber013.jpg

From 2/2012 (in half seat): http://i409.photobucket.com/albums/p.../2Amber006.jpg

And tonight's video:
Amber :: riding.mp4 video by chewchew11 - Photobucket

Sorry, it won't let me embed them. Critique away!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-04-2012, 01:03 AM
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You're doing an amazing job, but you are sitting in the back of the saddle and you need to be in the center. However you did an amazing job, keep up the great work and hope this helped!
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-04-2012, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I did notice that. I hadn't even relized before. I'll definitely start workin on that!
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-04-2012, 08:14 AM
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I am no expert, so I will give you the best I can. I don't think you look to bad, there are only a few things I would have you do for now.

As what was pointed out before, you are sitting in a slight chair seat position. Ideally you want a shoulder-hip-heel alignment. You are sitting slightly to far back in the saddle for that happen.

Next, I would like to see more contact with Amber's mouth. Your reins are floppy, creating inconsistent ques for her. I was seeing this in the canter, every stride or so you are bopping her in the mouth, potentially asking for her to slow down or break the gait. This obviously makes her pace uneven and inconsistent.
Make sure you keep your wrists straight (not broken and bent). This however looks like it is a result from having your reins to long, and you need to bend them in order to have contact with her mouth. Also I would like to see them up above the wither a touch more. Then tend to drop down to the sides of her neck quite a bit. Your hands could also be a little more quiet, though they actually aren't to bad.

I really like your stability with your lower leg. It is nice and quiet, I am really jealous! You have a fair amount of weight in your heels, just watch in the canter sometimes, it looks like the stirrups are starting to slip back as you grip with your knees. I can't be 100% positive due to the lighting and the movement though. Someone else might perhaps correct me with this.

Overall, you have improved very well from your original pictures. Good job!

There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-04-2012, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I've had a lot of problems with the reins. Not too long ago I held them too tight, so I must have over corrected. Amber has a sensitive mouth so I was (unsuccessfully) trying to be softer.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-05-2012, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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