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    07-26-2011, 01:31 AM
Its been a while since i took lessons so i was wondering if you could critique my...?

So its been a while since I took lessons ( took lessons in 3rd and 4th grade and havent had lessons since) and I was just wondering how bad my riding is. Im not an every day rider but hopes to be soon. But my horse lives out at my grandparents place that is about an hour away from where I live and I don't have the financial ability to drive back and forth everyday but I do go out every once in a while to ride. But anyway I was just wondering how bad my riding is sooo.....
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Sorry I had to use the edited photos but they are smaller than the originals....

And I also included a vid from my YouTube channel that has me riding in it if it helps you any!! ( its slow at the beginning :P )

Soo... what do you think?? P.S. Sorry about my unemotional faces lol!!:roll:
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    07-26-2011, 01:57 AM
Sorry, but I can't see you due to the text in the middle of the screen.
In the stills you are sitting up with a nice vertical line . Other than that it's hard to tell from the little photos
    07-26-2011, 03:48 AM
From that last picture, it looks like you are bracing against the stirrups with your feet and what I can see in the video pretty much confirms it, IMHO. You put all your weight on your feet and that causes you to lose your seat and come up out of the saddle like you are doing at the lope. It also causes you center of gravity to be off and that's one of the reasons why your hips and upper body are all over the place.

It takes a long time, a lot of repetition, and constant awareness of what your body is doing to re-train that muscle memory. Believe me, I know, I still fight with that exact same problem sometimes because I spent years riding with most my weight on my feet instead of my butt where it should have been. If your horse is nice enough, some no-stirrup work would likely help you quite a bit, though that's hard to do in western saddles.
    07-26-2011, 08:11 PM
Thanks that actually explains alot!!! I wonder if bareback would help with that?! You think?
    07-26-2011, 08:14 PM
Green Broke
You could do bareback or even drop your stirrups regularly that's what we do when we have lessons or just general riding we do walk trot canter and a pattern with no stirrups
    07-26-2011, 08:42 PM
Now that you mentioned it I do remember my instructors telling me to drop my stirrups every once in awhile!! Thanks I think ill try doing that again!! :)
    07-26-2011, 08:55 PM
I tried using bareback to help me, but I never had much success with that. I can ride bareback just fine, but every time I got back into the saddle, I started bracing again. The only way I got better was just drilling myself constantly "get your weight off your feet, get your weight off your feet, you just ate dirt because you had your butt out of the saddle, get your weight off your feet....." .

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