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    06-29-2010, 01:03 AM
  #1
Foal
OK be brutal - I wont cry

A quick disclaimer - this is the first time I have ridden a well schooled horse for years and am mainly just a happy hacker. It was very thrilling. However, I am very aware of my faults and am keen to see if they are as bad as I fear, worse than I know and what other faults and ways to improve that other people might pick up on. (I have resisted the urge to only include the "good" pictures) Thanks in advance.

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    06-29-2010, 01:16 AM
  #2
Trained
I'm no english expert, so somebody correct me if I'm wrong. Learning experience

- it looks to me like you have piano hands. Get those thumbs up

- I think you should shorten your stirrups just slightly.....they look a little bit long to me for jumping.

- Also, maybe lengthen your reins just a little. I tkind of looks like you're hanging on his mouth a little bit.

- It looks like your leg is slippng back in the jumping picture. Could just be the angle though....

- And finally, it looks like you're toeing out a little. Keep the ball of your foot int he stirrup and really press your heels down and it should stop that real quick. I have that same problem. :/

Once again, I'm still a bit new to the world of english so anyone feel free to correct me ^^
     
    06-29-2010, 01:58 AM
  #3
Green Broke
SorrelHorse, I found the same things you did. But when you say lenghten her reins, do you mean in the jumping pic? If so, I think you mean she must release?
     
    06-29-2010, 02:06 AM
  #4
Foal
Hah! I never even noticed my piano hands!
Main things I noticed were me collapsing at the hip, dropping a shoulder and motorbiking and gripping up with my legs.
The instructor told me to keep shortening the reins - I tend to ride on a long rein. Then I would shorten the rein and then straighten my arms because it felt too tight on his mouth - so I had to stop doing that.
Yeah definitely release on the jump - he was p*ssing off with me as he approached it so I hung on too tight. Should have released quickly for the jump and then picked up again quickly landing.
Thanks very much. Keep it coming
     
    06-29-2010, 02:09 AM
  #5
Trained
Oh yes, release - Still trying to transition from reiner to jumper for critique
     
    06-29-2010, 02:20 AM
  #6
Green Broke
No problem lol, even I sometimes forget what its called :) ^^

He's a beautiful horse btw
     
    06-29-2010, 02:21 AM
  #7
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Oh yes, release - Still trying to transition from reiner to jumper for critique
Am jealous - would love to learn western and dream of riding an amazing cutting horse. Sadly, western riding isnt something you can learn entirely out of books and on the web :/
     
    06-29-2010, 02:41 AM
  #8
Trained
Unfortunately not, but it's worth the wait and the struggle to get there.
     
    06-29-2010, 03:39 AM
  #9
Trained
I wouldn't lengthen your reins at all, you're not hanging onto his mouth much at all, he just looks to be the type that will suck back to evade the contact and just needs to be driven up more into the bridle ;)

Biggest thing that stands out to me about your position is that you are collapsing to the left. Your right shoulder is being carried higher than your left, and as a result I would say that you are losing your balance slightly to the outside. This will make it difficult for you to ride a horse dead straight, there will also be a little bit of head tilt, crossing of the hind legs or swinging out of the quarters of forehand. Not one person has got dead even shoulders, but you can improve on it. Best thing you can do is get mirrors in the arena and ride towards them to look at where your body is leaning. Imagine you have a pair of braces on holding up your pants. When you lean to the left, the brace on the right pulls tight and the one of the left goes slack. Try to even your body up so that the braces pull at even lengths.

You appear to be gripping with your knee slightly, with the toe turned a little out. Keep your toes pointing forwards, matching them with your direction of travel ;) As for the gripping knees, this also brings the heel up and the lower leg off, losing the effect of your aids and your balance will go over the front of the horse, putting him on the forehand. Even so much as a glance downward can put your horse on the forehand, so leaning forward or having your weight forward is going to have a marked impact. Rather than shoving your heels down so that you feel tense in your thigh and lower leg, focus more on sitting back onto your seat bones, and letting your weight flow run down the back of your thigh, the back of your calf and into your heel.
I'd also like to see your foot a little further back in your stirrup. Yes we are told the ball of our foot, but to be able to use your weight aids and leg aids most effectively, with the best balance possible, the stirrup must rest across the 5th metatarsal joint (your little toe) - so the 'knuckle' where your little toe joins the ball of your foot. Make sure the stirrup does not sit at an angle on the foot or again, you will lose some effectiveness of the aids.
     
    06-29-2010, 08:15 AM
  #10
Foal
Just wanted to say that your horse and where you live are both BEAUTIFUL!
Good work, and I can see why you are a happy hacker with those hills around...
     

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