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  • How to be more subtle with riding cues

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    06-26-2012, 05:01 PM
  #31
Foal
June 25th Part 3 video- Your posting looks very forced and you are landing harshly in the saddle. Your arms are moving with your posting- back and forth, back and forth.
I do commend you for being able to pop right up and into the correct diagonal, if not then being able to catch it pretty quickly. I'm also glad to see that you are doing lots of transitions.
I haven't been reading any of the other posts, so idk if what i'm saying has been said already or not. I would like to see his head being more steady in the bridle and not popping up and down, although with your quieter hands and arms I'm noticing it less than in your videos from however long ago.
Next step is so you don't have the following problem, "When my inside hand goes in and it looks like I'm pulling I'm not". Work on making your cues much more subtle so you don't have to defend yourself.

I look forward to seeing you progress, you have a handsome horse and you certainly have the build to become a very elegant rider. If i'm being too harsh or you don't understand, please tell me.
     
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    06-27-2012, 02:54 PM
  #32
Weanling
That dressage saddle is really going to help you with a lot of this, I think. When you don't have to fight your own natural physics, but rather have a saddle that better supports your lower body, your upper body will quiet down, too. Jmo.
     
    06-27-2012, 03:43 PM
  #33
Started
I agree! I can't wait to get that saddle!
Lowering my stirrups really helped!! Now I just have to drill it into my brain for another month while I wait to get the saddle.

"heels down, squeeze with your calf, hands together and breath!"

I am going to try listening to music today while I ride and see if that helps me breath and relax more through my arms :)

Just got some new blankets for the Ollie boy and new full seats for me so we will be sporting those off in a new Fashion thread today, stay on the look out for that! Hehe

I am also going to get pictures of his feet and ask for feedback shoe wise...
Thanks!!
     
    07-04-2012, 11:17 PM
  #34
Weanling
In some of these videos your horse looks a little overbridled.
     
    07-06-2012, 03:20 PM
  #35
Started
Keep your upper body still, mainly follow with your arms/hands. Although you want your whole body moving with your horse, don't bob forward with your whole upper body, just let your hands go with his mouth. Also, keep your heels down and hands together.

At the trot, you were constantly bumping him with your heels. Try to keep your leg still and then when you start to feel him slowing down urge him forward with being a little more forceful with your posting and squeezing with your lower leg. If he doesn't respond, kick, then give him a smack with a whip behind your leg! Constantly bumping him with your legs dulls out the horses response to your cues. Your goal with riding should be to ride with the least cues possible, and make it hard for people to see you cueing your horse forward.

With collecting, rather than just using your rein, move him forward, INTO the bridle. You may be trying to do this with you bumping him forward, however, in order to get them moving into the bridle using their hind end you need more of a squeezing effect. Like, squeeze for one thousand, two thousand and release, until you feel his hind legs engaging under himself. He does seem heavy on the forehand, which can be helped with lots of transitions and leg yields.

Sit up straight, keep your elbows bent, and don't lean back! Does seem like your stirrups are a little short, could you let them down a hole or two? Good luck!! You guys seem like a great match, and I love how you look up :)
     
    07-13-2012, 11:49 AM
  #36
Foal
Keep your heels down and your shoulder's back. You also look a bit tense and heavy in your hands. Remember to keep them very soft and supple.
     

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