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        11-24-2008, 09:37 AM
    There will be a new video SOON! :)
    I'll try tomorrow, tonight I'm having lessons so it will be too complicated to film that since I have to use a tripod..

    JDI: Yes, some of those points have been mensioned before, but thanks!
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        11-24-2008, 09:16 PM
    Jumping you look a lot kinder and softer than you do dressage. He looks like he's about to bolt of any second but that shouldn't keep you from putting your legs on, he needs to learn to accept it. Don't neglect your insdie leg, he looks very unbalanced around the corners. Remeber to half halt

    Dressage Your restricting him a lot. I know you said you shortened your stirrups so you could reach his sides, but it shouldnt be your heel moving him it should be your leg, and your leg position is throwing off your sit trot.
    Your very blunt and heavy with your hands, pulling his head around all over the place and holding him behind the bit which is resticting him even more. Soften your hands, if he's rushing half halt, and keep your legs ON. He needs to relax and become a lot softer in your hands and hold himself. Do heaps o long and low work, asking him to stretch forwards down and out to stretch all his neck muscles. It'll make him happier to collect up again and happier in gereral to swing and offer himself to you.
        11-25-2008, 05:15 PM
    Argh I could smash my camera! So I was filming today (Tuesday) and then, after about 2 minutes it said the battery ran out.. -.-'
    And I hadn't noticed it had been running out..!
    So I'll only be able to film on Thursday, and if I can't on Thursday then I might just as well wait till Sunday, because I have a competition on Sunday..
    I'll try to get something up, in any case, there's definitely going to be a video up by Sunday..!
        11-25-2008, 10:21 PM
    So far I only watched the jumping video.. your hands should be at or in front of (in your case) in front of the pony's martingale. It will help you not lean back so much.
        11-25-2008, 10:25 PM
    Are you breathing when you jump? You look a little tense. I use to hold my breath and then fall apart half way through my course because I was so tense and tired. Try counting 1.. 2... out loud (forces you to breath) move your hands up his crest like I previously said... and GRAB MANE! You are getting left behind and not closing that hip.. grabbing mane a few strides before the jump will help you..
        11-26-2008, 10:41 AM
    Originally Posted by starlinestables    
    Are you breathing when you jump? You look a little tense. I use to hold my breath and then fall apart half way through my course because I was so tense and tired. Try counting 1.. 2... out loud (forces you to breath) move your hands up his crest like I previously said... and GRAB MANE! You are getting left behind and not closing that hip.. grabbing mane a few strides before the jump will help you..
    I never actually thought about that..! Well, when I finish a course, its not like I'm out of breath or anything, so I think I do breathe.. xD But its not like I specifically remember or notice that..
        11-29-2008, 03:04 PM
    Here's the new jumping video!!
    I'm afraid I forgot to read all the advice before my lesson, so I only remembered a few things.. :/

    If it says "We're sorry, this video is no longer available." then come back later to watch it! It's just because it hasn' finished proccesing yet..

        11-29-2008, 04:35 PM
    So the big day is tomorrow! I'm going to a competition, I'll be riding the same class as last time.
    He's not as stiff, so that's good, although I know I have a lot of problems I couldn't fix in the 3 weeks, since my last competition, so I'm really nervous about how it will go tomorrow.. :(

    If there's anyone who can just give me some last minute advice!
    I have BIG BIG BIG problems with the lengthening stride in canter! Its my biggest problem, and I think if I could get it right, it would make my result better!
    I took a few quick clips of it from Tuesday and Thursday.
    My trainer told me he needs to have his back legs under him, he needs to gather himself more! His backlegs are way behind him, and I can feel it, he goes forward but its like he's stretched out instead of being together. :/
    So please do watch this and give some advice..

        11-29-2008, 04:52 PM
    As I pointed out before, your horse has some issues. He is not relaxed. He is counter bent in many shots and he has a hollow back. Non of these problems will allow you to progress to a lengthen stride at canter and the loss of balance/cross canter when bringing him back from a rushed canter is telling you this.

    Get the horse relaxed and moving forward in a rhythmic sequence of steps and then the rest will follow.
        11-29-2008, 05:15 PM
    I don't know anything about dressage so I'll only comment on the jumping. You are sitting up a lot straighter than before, that's good. Also your leg and seat look nice over the jumps and your release is good. The only thing I really notice is that you are riding very heavy with your hands. It looks like you are hauling on your horse's mouth around the corners and right after landing. Try to loosen up and "let go" through your elbows.

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