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post #11 of 14 Old 03-13-2012, 02:33 AM
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Don't know about the english, but what has said about your hands and really applies there. They are all over the place - and you can see it in the reins (all of the motion isn't coming from just the horses motion). And sit down...can't think of another way to put that...your seat isn't w the horse. Don't cross your hands while holding the reins..not good.

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-13-2012, 11:37 AM
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The main thing that needs to be adjusted is your stirrups! They are much to long for an english seat, so shorten them up. Correct leg angle is EVERYTHING in English riding; once you have a correct, stable leg psition, everything else should fall into place. Make sure to grip mostly with your calves and a little with your thighs, NOT with your knees. Gripping with your knees is the cause of the swinging, insecure lower leg that someone above mentioned. You should try and ride a lot without stirrups and acheive the correct leg position; it will help with strengthening your muscles and create muscle memory.
Also, you should slide your hands a little further forward on the neck; try not to bury them so close to your horses withers.
However, like I said before, leg position is critical when riding english, and is the main problem in most english riders.
You have a very lovely gelding, and you and your horse make a beautiful picture. There is no question, that in the right hands, the pair could be very successful in the hunter ring.
Keep posting videos too! It does help to get other riders/horsemen critique. Good luck and best of wishes! :) ♥
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-13-2012, 09:00 PM
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In english, I keep seeing your hands. Your upper body is stiff and your hands are busy. Shrug your shoulders a few times, make sure your elbows follow your hands, and keep your hands quiet. Try riding with your pinkies touching your horse's neck so you can get a feel for a more fixed position. I'm very handsy too and it seems to help a lot.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-20-2012, 11:28 PM
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I do not know anything about western so I won't comment on those but for english, you put your shoulders behind your hips which is leaning back too far in my opinion. Also, you look like you are struggling to stay with your horses motion at the trot. Try slowing him down a bit. A good exercise is doing up up down down (standing two beats, sitting two beats, repeat). Your leg is also a bit loose so try standing straight up while grabbing mane at the trot without moving your leg. To get a good feel for it you can try tying your stirrup to the girth while riding to feel where it is supposed to be and what it feels like to have a sturdy leg. Be sure to keep a soft elbow with your thumbs on top and knuckles facing forward. You seem a bit stiff with your riding. Relax and your horse will relax as well, creating a soft and supple contact. I think you were attempting to turn on the haunches in the english pleasure video but you cross your hand over your horses withers and it looks like you are neck reining. Instead create a wall with your legs and move your horse over with an opening rein in the direction you wish to move as well as applying leg at the girth. I hope I've helped you, I know this was quite long! I really like your horse, she is very cute and looks like a pleaser.
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