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        05-15-2013, 11:10 PM
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    Two screenshots:
    Sitting trot:

    Posting:


    Canter:
         
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        05-15-2013, 11:24 PM
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    I will get the video up as soon as I have time to edit it....

    My new camera takes such good videos!

    "Momma made me sweaty."
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        05-15-2013, 11:27 PM
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    I just watched your falling video. Very elegant! I haven't got a one of my falls on video, darn it all.
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        05-15-2013, 11:32 PM
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    One thing that I am wondering about all your videos (and you've taken a lot) is that when Squiggy wears her western saddle, she is a lot more forward in her trot. One reason the posting may look "forced" is that your mare isn't giving you much to post off of. When the horse gives you so little "push", you are almost better off just sitting. Or, as others said, post in a more pelvic thrust type of movment, rather than so much up and down.


    For a self taught rider, you do exceptionally well. I know that you could ride me under the table, any day of the week, in a western saddle. I can offer small tips, but you really have pretty much what it takes.
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        05-15-2013, 11:39 PM
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    Two screenshots:
    Sitting trot:

    Posting:


    Canter:
    I feel if your stirrup was longer you wouldn't brace against them so badly.

    Squiggy looks awesome though :) Much more relaxed.. she's getting there!
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        05-15-2013, 11:41 PM
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    ^^ You have no idea how hard I've been working on her. LOL. Like... I'm tired and feel like im neglecting my other horses.
         
        06-12-2013, 12:25 AM
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    I would have video from today, but I forgot to put the batteries back in my camera after recharging them. Anywho. Let my stirrups down a hole, trot was easier and softer, Squiggy is finally letting me post both diagonals (she was for some reason uncomfortable with one diagonal, that went away!!), so im just working on keeping my leg back all the time. My saddle sets me up forward, so I always find my shoulders ahead of that shoulder/hip/heel line. To my understanding, the saddle is built to do that to make a forward seat and 2 point easier.

    With my stirrups one hole longer, my seat fell apart at the lope, so I brought them back up a hole and all was better, and I also posted better too.

    Although, I have a few questions:
    When im loping right circles, I always feel like im falling to the inside, over compensating to the outside andpushing my saddle all crooked to the left cause most of my weight is in the left stirrup. Is it something to do with my horse being crooked? Or am I the crooked one? We are both all good to the left. I wish I had a video. Aaaand this only happens English
         
        06-12-2013, 12:33 AM
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    Although, I have a few questions:
    When im loping right circles, I always feel like im falling to the inside, over compensating to the outside andpushing my saddle all crooked to the left cause most of my weight is in the left stirrup. Is it something to do with my horse being crooked? Or am I the crooked one? We are both all good to the left. I wish I had a video. Aaaand this only happens English
    It could be either you or your horse. If you have significantly more weight in your left stirrup than your right stirrup, you are unbalancing your horse which will make staying upright instead of leaning...much harder.

    What you can do since you have lots of space is do a large figure eight and focus on trying to keep the weight even in both seatbones, and your hips over her hips, per say. Support with the outside rein and bend her around your inside leg with your outside leg slightly behind the girth. Make sure there isn't TOO much bend. If so, use your inside leg with outside rein to keep from creeping in.

    Does that make sense?
         
        06-12-2013, 12:57 AM
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    Yes ma'am. It only happens at a lope. If I had a video, id bet she would be crossfiring on the right lead, she's been doing it lately, but now that her lope is rideable, I can actually work on it. I've been slowly working on some exercised to help her pick up the correct lead all around.

    Also, when we got back to the yard, I found a big white hose left on the ground so trotted over it like poles , and around the corner at some bales, I found two posts so I just trotted her around and over them all. She apparently liked it lol. She put on a big happy trot, ears forward, happily chewing on her bit, and very light to my seat cues. I think my next ride will be fooling around on a course of poles and uneven poles and other things for her to pay attention to
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        06-12-2013, 01:01 AM
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    Yes ma'am. It only happens at a lope. If I had a video, id bet she would be crossfiring on the right lead, she's been doing it lately, but now that her lope is rideable, I can actually work on it. I've been slowly working on some exercised to help her pick up the correct lead all around.

    Also, when we got back to the yard, I found a big white hose left on the ground so trotted over it like poles , and around the corner at some bales, I found two posts so I just trotted her around and over them all. She apparently liked it lol. She put on a big happy trot, ears forward, happily chewing on her bit, and very light to my seat cues. I think my next ride will be fooling around on a course of poles and uneven poles and other things for her to pay attention to
    Yeah it's probably a combination of her leaning and you being off-balance. At all gaits, really focus on where your weight in your seat is. Sometimes I like to press on either stirrup like a pedal if I find myself leaning. Just very gently to physically help my shift my weight since it requires a lot of ab strength.

    You're both doing great though Enjoy playing with poles!
         

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