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    03-24-2012, 11:53 PM
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Weanling
Jumping and Flat Critique.

I have literally not been on here in forever. Anyways, Penny and I have been working on bending and turning her, and keeping her straight to the jumps because she is a 15.2 pissy mare that doesn't like to listen. =) Anyways, here is my video. Don't critique her, just me please. =D


Thanks!
     
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    03-25-2012, 01:49 AM
  #2
Foal
Cute mare!

Looking pretty good! Good job at keeping your eyes up. Your arms and hands are pretty stiff. You can fix this by relaxing your shoulders and putting more bend in your elbows and keeping them in towards your body. The more quiet your hands are the more quiet she'll be (or should be lol)
     
    03-25-2012, 01:52 AM
  #3
Yearling
Ride the whole horse... not just the head/face. This will help with getting straightness to the fences. No will-nilly-fishtailing around all the way to the base. That habit is going to invite run outs when the fences get higher.
     
    03-25-2012, 01:59 AM
  #4
Super Moderator
I think you've improved a LOT! I remember your early videos and you looked so very unstable. Now , you are getting a really nice solid lower leg and pretty nice and upright body. I do agree that you are a bit stiff in arm and it looks like you are riding the face a bit, and that's hard to explain how to change. But from me, I just want to say that you have improved so much in the last year. These videos will be a fascinating record of your growth , years from now when you look back at how you rode when you started.
Nice Work!
     
    03-25-2012, 02:22 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I think you've improved a LOT! I remember your early videos and you looked so very unstable. Now , you are getting a really nice solid lower leg and pretty nice and upright body. I do agree that you are a bit stiff in arm and it looks like you are riding the face a bit, and that's hard to explain how to change. But from me, I just want to say that you have improved so much in the last year. These videos will be a fascinating record of your growth , years from now when you look back at how you rode when you started.
Nice Work!
Thanks! I love to laugh at all of my older riding videos =p I know what you mean when I ride by the face. It's really hard for me control her with my legs when I can only squat 115lbs. But I will probably start using a crop again, and when my leg improves more my trainer said I could start using spurs. And thanks everyone else!
     
    03-27-2012, 12:31 AM
  #6
Foal
She's a bit of a sensitive mare from what I can see (as a lot of mares are) so maybe your should ride her carefully and calmly (not lethargic or losing impulsion, just carefully). She showed a bit of resistance in the turn on the haunches, throwing her head around etc. I suggest softening your hand a little and using your legs more to turn her. You should be able to walk a circle without touching the reins, only using your legs. Hopefully this helps a little. Oh, you have a very pretty girl.
     
    03-28-2012, 07:43 AM
  #7
Trained
Looking good. One thing about her not wanting to be straight into her fences - are YOU straight? REALLY straight? Many times when a horse is not straight, it's because the rider isn't straight. Not always, considering no horse is naturally completely straight, but often. Every horse I ride is better about picking up canter lead right than canter lead left, so logic follows, I'm not straight.

I want your lower leg, it looks great. Your hands could be a lot quieter, but that will take time and it only comes with feel which is something that can't really be taught.

Your legs shouldn't HAVE to be really strong to control her with them. I can't even squat 100lbs but I can turn my horse at walk, trot and canter without using my reins. They are just sort of... there, as a guide for his headset, and as a reinforcement if he isn't wanting to listen. You have two options there - either develop a more effective leg (NOT stronger, but more effective - hard to explain), or get your trainer to teach your horse to be lighter to the leg.

For the record my lower leg is less stable than yours but I use spurs to flat with, and sometimes for jumping as well if my horse is being particularly sluggish. It's pretty easy to use prince of wales spurs correctly, they are fairly mild and usually quite short shanked. You can get them with a roller ball as well that makes them even milder. Mine don't have a ball, but the shank is very short (I bought the shortest shanked spurs I could find) so they are still quite mild. I found they are usually more than enough for my lazy boy, including for his laterals. His shoulder-in is FINALLY getting closer to acceptable and I would never have managed that without spurs.
     
    03-28-2012, 10:52 AM
  #8
Foal
What a pretty mare! I'd say don't cut your corner to the fence, ride right into it and use all the space you have. Also, maybe relax your elbows and flex them a little more; let your hands and arms move with your horse's movement. But overall, good riding!
     

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