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        06-26-2013, 12:42 AM
    No one has anything? :( where are my instructors?
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        06-26-2013, 06:34 AM
    Looking pretty good girl. One exercise you can try on you own - since it looks like you're pretty independent out there - is called up for two, down for one. It's a position self check. Takes some practice and getting used to, but when you get it right you'll know your position is exactly right - ear, shoulder, hip and heel aligned - at ALL times. Your equitation can only truly be correct if you're balanced. So try this:
    Instead of your normal up, down, up, down rhythm - you'll still sit for one beat, but you'll stay up out of the saddle for two hoof beats, then sit again for just one beat, then back up again for two, and so on. The trick to starting in proper alignment is to keep your lower leg back (ankles relaxed), hips coming up and forward, and upper body tall (your upper body shouldn't change positions between being seated vs. rising). I would highly encourage the use of a grab strap until you get the hang of the coordination and balance. You'll be surprised at just how off balance you really are.
    Also when you get this exercise right, your horse will automatically slow in the trot. Proof once more that the seat, not the hands, control the tempo and length of stride.
    Don't give up on this exercise. It'll highlight your every weakness. All the more reason to practice it till you can do it with no hands! When you can, you will truly be balanced. The " equitation " you're after will be a side note. Promise.

    Ps - your stirrups are a hole too short, no more. And keep your elbows a little closer to your sides. They get a bit stiff in your efforts to keep them "quiet". Truly quiet hands come from relaxed and mobile elbows....
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        06-28-2013, 12:09 AM
    Good idea!!!! Thank you!!!

    Anyone else?
        06-28-2013, 12:33 AM
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    Is Squiggy off? Look at the part at 1.20 . There's a little bobble.
        06-28-2013, 12:41 AM
    I'm not seeing what you are seeing?
    I'm just seeing her cross-firing. :/ I've been trying so hard to get her leads, but every time I try, we get into a big fight lol.
        06-28-2013, 12:52 AM
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    Well, I wasn't sure, but it seemed that there was some bobbing at the trot. But then, in some of the video she was going over the trot poles, and some not.

    The other day I rode Z in his jump saddle for a few minutes ( I usually ride him in a dressage saddle) and it felt SO weird to me. So hard for me to find my balance. I felt like a total clutz, I could NOT keep a good trot nor stay balanced. Not that I am so great in a dressage saddle, but the jump saddle brought back to zero!
        06-28-2013, 01:22 AM
    Haha try going from a secure barrel saddle to a close contact!!!!!! Lol. Its probably wierd for squiggy too.
    I think im going to start riding her in a halter english so I don't have to worry about upsetting her with fiddling with a bit. Just to be sure, and if I do get off balance and lean on her face, she probably wont react like she would with a bit. (Darn sensitive mares)
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        06-28-2013, 02:51 AM
    Originally Posted by Horsequeen08    
    Also, Your posting looks....forced. Like you are raising out of the saddle to far. It doesn't look smooth and natural, not in sync with him. Don't worry so much about posting up/down as it is -feeling- him move and moving like he does.If you only have to raise yourself up out of the saddle an inch to match his rythm, then do it.

    On a more positive note, you sit very straight and pretty. :)
    True. Also I noticed you tend to lean into the side you're turning into, I did that heaps. Just focus you're eyes to the right point, not you're whole body.
    Still better than I am though
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        07-13-2013, 11:59 PM
    Buuuuuuuuump :)
        08-04-2013, 02:44 PM
    Adding the newest video!
    Jet - English Aug. 3 - YouTube

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