Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj View Post
I really don't have any critique, as I find you an absolutely fabulous rider and beyond my level of skill for critique. I just have to say that I absolutely ADORE that pony of yours, she's so cute and you can just see the bravery, honesty and trust in her. I absolutely love how in the blooper, she visibly THROWS herself up with her front end, obviously doing her best to save both of you...
...It just touched my heart knowing my mare isn't the only one who's watching out for her rider so well! And absolutely grand recovery, I think you sat that "blooper" extremely well, and really assisted her in getting back under herself.
She's an absolute dreamboat, hope to see a ton more videos from you guys!
Thanks! I absolutely adore her! I was originally just leasing her because my boy is lame, but now I really want to buy her! I've been full leasing her since December and we've both seen a lot of improvement since then. So now I'm like "Hey mom&dad, you know I have a birthday in July..."
I think you're coming along wonderfully! Look at your leg!! WOO HOO!
I am so thrilled you found improvement from working on the lunge line, I see it too :)
Yay! I'm very excited about it! I'm like "Heyheyhey, look at my leg!" to the most random strangers. I feel like I have to tell every one, lawl.
I love your tall upper body, I love your leg at the girth and your heels. But I do agree, you are tense in your seat. Remember to breathe. Your seat must move with your horses rhythm - it cannot be stiff or braced.
And sllooooooow dooooowwwwnnn. lol. You have a fantabulous mount under you who obviously really is trying hard for you and loves to do with you - so take your time.
Breeaatthhheeeeeee - lol. Relax chickey!
Tensing has been my problem with riding since day 1. I brace and tense my way to town, especially at shows, because I'm a bit nervous anyway. I like to say I sing my ABCs to calm down Fi, but it works wonders on both of us. Except when I'm in a flat class in the hunter ring, then I just get stared at, lawl. I'm going to have to be like "You are the jello, feel the jello, be the jello." I didn't get to canter on the lunge line, because the horse wasn't quite trustworthy yet with me with no reins and stirrups (not just dropped, taken off, both the reins and the stirrups were nonexistant), but hopefully I'll be able to get one soon :)
I love how you sit up tall to your fences, there are times where you ride the fence and not your mount, but then there are other times where you ride your mount and not the fence - allowing the jump to come and happen naturally.
I have to think right before the fence "let horse close angle of hip" or else I half the time jump the fence and not the horse. It's what I get for reading to many critiques on this forum, I actually think to myself "do not jump the fence, jump the horse, let horse's jump close angle of hip", its pretty funny.
With you becoming the passenger - totally can relate. It happens. Your amazing horse saved the both of you, I hope you gave her lots of praises and appologized. She is definately a keeper!
The both of you make a great team, and when you solidify what you need to get done, the two of you will be a tough team to beat!
She got tons of hugs and kisses. I don't know if you can see it because of the camera angle but as we were going around the bend I was giving her shoulder pats with my right hand, which probably contributed to the leaning.
No critique but fun video. I think I have motion sickness now from the first part of the video but still a fun. I envy you!