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    08-06-2012, 05:16 PM
It's been a year since my last critique-How am I doing?

My last critique was from pictures from last year (

I've now been riding 2.5 years and have leased a horse for the past 3 months. I've been lucky enough to ride 4-6 times a week (2 lessons a week, one semi-private and one group as well as 2-4 free rides) this summer and it's done wonders.

There is a video of trot and canter on a very nice little pony (not the one I lease, I'll try to get videos of her this week). The pony is VERY nice and is an A circuit jumper and I just love him. However, I don't know how well I ride him. So please critique away! I really appreciate constructive criticism and it really helps to improve my riding, so please feel free to give me your best! I'm the one in red riding the pinto pony.

Also, I'd suggest turning the volume off, as the background conversations are a little distracting!

Thank you!

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    08-08-2012, 03:19 AM
I don't think I saw your year old critique request. But, the thing that just pops out is that your arms are as stiff as boards. Really , really straight and stiff. There is no movement or give in your elbow and your shoulders are locked forward, really closing off your chest. You could not take much of a deep breath in that position. You were in a half seat at the canter, right? It just looked so very stiff. You are in a position that if the horse stopped suddenly, I think you might go up on her neck. There is not core to center yourself around.

So, you should really get those elbows back some and roll your shoulder back. Your instructor mentioned it and she is right.

REally cute pony. The draw reins? Why are they on?
    08-08-2012, 06:44 AM
Thanks for the critique! I tend to be very tense throughout my shoulders and arms in everyday life too (lots of shoulder problems becase of it) so it's something I have issues with. Didn't notice how bad it was until I looked again!

I use the draw reins per my trainers request. The pony is very nervous and hard to get on the bit. Without the draw reins he feeds you his ears and is very nervous. With them, he's much happier and enjoys himself. I don't use them to crank his head in to frame or really for much leverage, just for a little bit of extra contact to help me ride him. They come off when we jump and I`m trying to wean myself off them, but they`ve been a helpful tool so far.
    08-08-2012, 07:32 AM
I'm just learning on the critique part so hope I don't offend Your supposed to move through your elbows when the horse was cantering. I think I said that right, someone correct me if I'm wrong but the horses nose was high which would be from no release from you when you don't move through your elbows down through your hands into the horses mouth. It looks like he is trying to find his own release. Hope I said that right.

Your very brave to post a video, I would be terrified Good luck.
    08-08-2012, 11:27 AM
If the pony is nervous it could be low magnesium in the blood - a product like Quiessence will help lessen the nervousness. (Sorry too slow a connection to view YouTube but for stiff arms I suggest thinking of elbows on waist and arms going forward for sitting trot OR elbows opening for posting trot, as the horses head naturally goes "down" and riders hips (sitting trot) come back. It will help to maintain a steady connection with the horses mouth).
    08-20-2012, 06:25 PM
I ride with my arms the same way you do. What my trainer makes me do is roll your shoulders up back and down and keep your elbows anchored at your sides. Then you can bend your elbows and move your hands up and down, but they shouldn't go forwards or back wards. Then post like you are pushing a ball up your horses neck so your "zipper" area goes towards the poll. This helped me A LOT!!

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