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        06-20-2013, 07:24 AM
    Originally Posted by Starlite    
    You look pretty darn good for only riding a handful of times! From what I can see from the video, is to relax your shoulders and back and try not to arch your lower back so much. The school horse looks like a very very patient and willing animal so that is very very helpful. Keep up the great work!
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    Thank you! Ok. My first lesson, he told me over and over to stop slouching my shoulders so I guess I over compensated a little! Yes, the horses are all (mostly :P ) very patient and gentle. Last time I had one that would not "listen" to my steering and kept stopping trotting, but that's probably because I'm sending him the wrong signals or have the wrong seat, something that will all work out in good time. It was actually nice to have a horse that points out your flaws - he makes you work for it! Anyway, thanks so much for your comment!
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        06-20-2013, 08:00 AM
    You look great for someone who has only done 5 half hour lessons! Your posting looks a little forced, which I think is why it looks like your out of rhythm. Maybe ask your instructor if you can do some work on a lunge line without stirrups which might help you feel that rhythm and gain a stronger seat.
        06-20-2013, 08:49 AM
    Have to agree. You look great. And every moment in the saddle you are absorbing information about how a horse moves and developing balance. And all that is happening at a subliminal level. It's why it takes so long.

    And yes, I remember freaking when the horse yanked the reins. And the same thing happened to me too: I got pulled forward out of the tack and onto his neck.

    Good luck.
        08-18-2013, 02:32 AM
    Hello! So it's been about 2 months since those old videos and I really feel like I've come a long way... I now understand what I'm doing/supposed to be doing and generally only am doing something wrong because I just don't have the muscle strength to fix and hold it for a long time yet! I'm finding lately I can't keep my heels down unless I repeatedly go into 2 point... Tips on that would be helpful.

    Just in the last few lessons I really feel my posting has come together. Today I started working on trotting poles and keeping the right diagonal. Unfortunately the video I'll be posting is before I feel like I got it together, but I surely couldn't have improved that much in like 3 weeks lol.

    Here is the video. If I had to critique myself if I would say I think I need to tuck my pelvis under a little and it still looks forced.. Looks like I'm working too hard to get up instead of really just following the movement of the horse and letting him lift me.

    I also had a picture so you could see my general position but I can't get it to upload! I will try in the morning when I can get to a computer.

    Again, sorry it's so blurry! :/
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        08-18-2013, 02:46 AM
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    Your assessment is good. Also, like most people who are learning, your elbow is a bit locked, which makes your hand go up and down, instead of staying in the same place relative to the horse. This doesn't matter so much when you are just starting and you have a very loose rein contact, but as you start to take up contact, it will be something to work on.
        08-18-2013, 03:01 AM
    Thanks for your reply! Okay, I will work on that. My hands are always all over the place so hopefully that will help.
        08-19-2013, 07:03 PM
    You're getting there!! :)
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        08-26-2013, 06:09 PM
    You need to get the feel of the trot first! Sit the trot and it will come naturally, but it may not be right away. Once the posting has been achieved, you can "drive" your hands into the trot, with your hands in the right place and your thumbs parallel with you're horse's neck. Good luck, hope this helps!
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