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        07-31-2010, 02:33 PM
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    Please critique me and my horse Lakota. This was only like our 3rd time trotting(his English saddle didn't fit right so he would buck so that's why he's wearing an English bridle and a western saddle). I know my position looks like crap for the most part and that he doesn't look as good as he should...but we're taking baby steps. Ignore my shorts, tennis shoes, and all our talking. =D You can just put the video on mute or whatever cause we're talking bout lots of random stuff. =D Thanks!

         
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        07-31-2010, 02:50 PM
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    Yearling
    Two things jump out at me, you REALLY need to work on your leg strength and not bouncing and keeping your heels down.

    To fix the bouncing focus on tightening up with your thighs a bit and really push your butt into the seat. You could even rock your hips back a bit more, you sit with your hips at a good angle but your legs slide back at times. Also maybe shorten your stirrups just a hole or too? They look a little long to me.

    After taking a second look you should also try to keep your hands closer together and a little lower. They bounce around too much because you bounce around too much.
         
        07-31-2010, 02:59 PM
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    You really need to work on the bouncing since everytime you bounce you're jerking on the reins.
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        07-31-2010, 08:05 PM
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    Thanks guys! I'm really working hard on keeping my hands quieter and sitting the trot better but his trot is huge and powerful. Normally I would be posting but...you're right. My stirrups need to go up a hole or two.
         
        07-31-2010, 10:10 PM
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    Weanling
    I'd try not to bounce up and down. Try to follow his movement as you would in a walk, more of a back and forth movement of the hips, but keep your upper body still. It looks as if you are trying to stay as rigid as possible and you aren't really going with him, just along for the ride. Tuck the tailbone and try and bring it towards the withers, matching his rhythm, even if the trot feels huge. You may find that once you give in and go with him instead of almost trying to hold him back, he may just slow down, instead of speed up like you probably imagine he might if you too move forward with him. Also, elbows at your side, hands low and quiet. Imagine as if your reins do nothing more than accentuate and reinforce your hipbone and lower leg. Breathe and think "quiet, steady, consistent".
         
        07-31-2010, 10:41 PM
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    Yearling
    I agree, less bounce!

    I'd try (if you have one) riding at a trot in a Western saddle, with a bit longer reins so you don't pull on his mouth as much. The Western will give you more of a 'supported' feel and that might help you when developing leg muscles and learning or bettering your post. Give him a loose rein, and keep your hands at the swell. Low and easy, just relax! Those English saddles can be a bit freaky feeling, to me it's barely a step away from bareback.

    Push up with the horse, and rock back down with him. Get into the rhythm of him. I just about posted myself OUT of the saddle the first time I did it in about 7 years, so don't worry if you mess up! My mare too, has a pretty big trot.

    As for leg strength, try to picture that you have a raw egg in each of your stirrups, and you can't, no matter WHAT, break that egg. If you break it, your too much in your stirrups. Same with the reins, if your hands move too far back, you break that egg.

    What you can also do (my favorite way for the legs) is to stick a $5, $10, or when you get even better, $20 dollar bill in between your knee and the saddle. You MUST keep that bill firmly wedged in between you and the leather for say, 5, 10, 15, even 20 minuets...otherwise you don't get it! It's a fun way to 'reward' yourself for using your legs instead of standing in the stirrups.

    Good luck, your boy is beautiful :)


    EDIT: Sorry, I thought you where in an English saddle! XD I'd stay in the Western for a while longer to build legs and confidence (I feel safer in westerns, more stuff to hold on too!)
         
        08-01-2010, 12:21 AM
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    Originally Posted by Seahorseys    
    i'd try not to bounce up and down. Try to follow his movement as you would in a walk, more of a back and forth movement of the hips, but keep your upper body still. It looks as if you are trying to stay as rigid as possible and you aren't really going with him, just along for the ride. Tuck the tailbone and try and bring it towards the withers, matching his rhythm, even if the trot feels huge. You may find that once you give in and go with him instead of almost trying to hold him back, he may just slow down, instead of speed up like you probably imagine he might if you too move forward with him. Also, elbows at your side, hands low and quiet. Imagine as if your reins do nothing more than accentuate and reinforce your hipbone and lower leg. Breathe and think "quiet, steady, consistent".
    Actually, you hit the nail on the head here. I always forget to breathe when I'm trotting, but I never notice until my trainer yells, "Are you trying to pass out? Breathe!" I actually sit the trot better in my English saddle(I know weird right?). I'm just not used to the way he moves right now...but practice makes perfect. Too bad I'm off riding for awhile cause I popped my collar bone outta place.
         
        08-03-2010, 08:47 AM
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    Foal
    Hi nice horse,for breathing count out loud 1234 also have some one give you a lunge lesson, work on walking and trotting without holding the reins and do exercises like putting your arms out, up and in front randomly, with and with out stirrups, you can hold the horn or make a grab strap then graduate off of it. This will develop an independent seat. Then when your horse moves only your back should move with him and your hands will not bounce with your seat. Any questions just ask have fun!
         
        08-03-2010, 10:38 AM
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    Foal
    That is NOT a huge nor powerful trot. He’s just ambling along going completely hollow because you’re banging on his back and his mouth. Can you get someone to put you on the longe line so you can focus on fixing your seat before you have to add your hands?

    His trot will be easier to sit when you get him working round and over his back. Until then, I’d post the trot.
         
        08-03-2010, 12:00 PM
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    Originally Posted by kelley horsemad    
    That is NOT a huge nor powerful trot. Hes just ambling along going completely hollow because youre banging on his back and his mouth. Can you get someone to put you on the longe line so you can focus on fixing your seat before you have to add your hands?

    His trot will be easier to sit when you get him working round and over his back. Until then, Id post the trot.
    This!

    If you can not sit with out causing your horse discomfort then stick to posting until you develop some leg muscles and such so you are not hurting the horse .
         

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