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post #1 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Id love some general criticism on me riding

First of id like to start off with saying that I only get to ride half an hour a week, which isnt a huge amount when trying to focus on things to improve. Either way I would still love to hear what people have to say other then my instructor, and I know im far from a good rider, but id like to think im half decent
I don't know if it is a problem or not, but I hate how my arms are in the canter, the way they pull forward and back with the horses head, but I've never had any of my previous instructors say anything, and I still don't know if its correct or not.
I know its not a great video, but please try your best on what ever you can see

Also, I have another video, but im not sure how good itll be for crit considering the one above was from a couple of weeks ago and this one ranges over a few years


Don't hold back, rip me to shreads and have fun doing so
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I can't see the videos (work computer) but wanted to say:

Welcome to the forum!
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post #3 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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I can't see the videos (work computer) but wanted to say:

Welcome to the forum!
Aww thank you, feels nice to be welcomed
I didnt know whether there was like an introductory part of the forum, to be honested I didnt even look, I just wanted to post this thread before I left the house to walk the dogs. I guess I should go have a look now
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There is one .. and you'll get "good and welcomed" there!
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post #5 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 11:35 AM
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What you're doing in canter with your hands is right, but you over do it a bit. But that is because you tilt fowards in the canter. Focus on tilting backwards. Relax your thigh muscles, only then you can tilt backwards in the canter without tensing and bouncing around.

That's all I can really see. :)
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post #6 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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What you're doing in canter with your hands is right, but you over do it a bit. But that is because you tilt fowards in the canter. Focus on tilting backwards. Relax your thigh muscles, only then you can tilt backwards in the canter without tensing and bouncing around.

That's all I can really see. :)
Thanks for the advice :) is there anyway other way to stop myself over exagerating it? I mean I don't even think about it while im cantering, its just when I look over the videos I get of me riding I really notice it, to the point where I can't actually look at the rest of my position because im so focused on my arms
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post #7 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 12:00 PM
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It looks like you have the reins quite short, lengthen them just a few centimeter's and your hands won't get pullend forward as much. You have to keep moving yoir hands with the horses mouth, so you don't block him, but too much isn't good either. And relax your arms! You have to think spaggetti arms... that's my way of doing it.
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It looks like you have the reins quite short, lengthen them just a few centimeter's and your hands won't get pullend forward as much. You have to keep moving yoir hands with the horses mouth, so you don't block him, but too much isn't good either. And relax your arms! You have to think spaggetti arms... that's my way of doing it.
I completely respect what your saying, but what your saying only very slightly contradicts what my instructor says. He always has a go at me for not having the reins pulled back and my elbows bent. He also says your arms need to be like rubber bands, so theres absolutly no slack in the reins and your arms just go with the horses mouth, or is this like what your trying to get at?
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No, no slack in the reins at all! You must keep contact with the horses mouth. But you are getting pulled into the movement, which is incorrect. You are being forced to move, this has to change. You have to have control over your arms and upper body. If you put your hands just infront of the saddle (which is where they should be at all times) you will get the correct length of reins and won't be pulled around.
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post #10 of 22 Old 06-07-2013, 12:24 PM
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you are doing quite well for the limited amount of time you've been able to have in the saddle.

I notice that your toe point outward too much , especially with the right foot, and you may be gripping upward with your calf.

I would suggest working on the lunge line at canter, drop the reins, really relax and allow all your weight to be in the saddle, and flowing down into your legs. Melt into the horse instead of gripping on top of it.

Like I said, you are doing pretty darn well, and I often have the same problem (of gripping up at the canter).
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