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    01-03-2012, 04:47 PM
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Green Broke
Thumbs up Please cast an eye on our first ride back to work :)

Okay first off I look like poo haha! My shoulders need to be realxed nad way more back, my arms nee to be more bent and I think I need to drop my stirrups a hole maybe two!?

So I am not looking so much for a rider critique but for how Ollie is going for me right now. Im not asking much of him, just to be relaxed and have a correct bend, but being an experainced rider with young horses I know that as a rider I need to make mself better to help support him go better undersaddle. Keep in mind this was our first lesson back after alot of time off.

Thanks!
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    01-03-2012, 06:07 PM
  #2
Showing
Yay Oliver is feeling better!! You guys look marvelous!

The first thing(s) I noticed were your hands. Keep your hands up like in the 2nd and 4th picture.. they can't get too low.
Also it looks like you're leaning forward and sitting on your crotch more than your seat bones. Sitting up and bringing those shoulders back and down will cause you to have an open chest and you are more centered.

Depends on the type of riding you do for the stirrups. Though I think they could go down a hole so you could stretch more down and have your knee angle a bit more open. If your legs are too folded, then you won't have a secure seat. Though you look much more comfortable in the saddle than I do :P

Eyes and chin up like in the last picture! Always always always! You should be able to feel when he is doing what you're asking correctly :)

Well done!

EDIT: one other thing, when doing a bend, make sure you lead with YOUR outside shoulder a little bit, don't be stiff or too straight. You gotta be supple like your horse.
     
    01-03-2012, 06:50 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Thank you Sky, I was pretty tense and tight and not relaxed in those pictures! Haha and yes the next day oh my my crotch hurt! Haha I was feeling like a terriable rider at the end of the lesson and realllllllly frustrated with myself and thankful of how good he was for me!

I am slowly betting better at looking up, I am always looking down! Can't help it! Hahaha I am trying to tell myself he is under me and not going to go anywhere without be knowing! My hands are getting better, I got into a horriable habit with my last horse of low low hands and braced or straight arms, such a crontol thing of the mind, I tell it to relxe and flow with the horse but it seems my arms have another idea lol

Thanks so much!
     
    01-03-2012, 09:28 PM
  #4
Green Broke
BUMPING! Would love others imput on how I can help him come back to work and have him happy and going correctly!
     
    01-03-2012, 09:39 PM
  #5
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I am not used to seeing pics of you with such short stirrups. I remember Klassy. Anyway, I think you look real solid and I have really very little to say. One can see that he isn't really pushing from behind a lot but honestly, he's just come back from pnuemonia, so I think you both look very good!
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    01-03-2012, 09:40 PM
  #6
Trained
Being his first ride back, I won't critique. I know what Hugo and I look like at the moment (well, before his latest injury/illness bout) and I certainly would not be game for a critique, 18 months off for him, nearly 10 months off for me, has not done either of us any favours!!

Really all you need to do is keep working on getting him flexible, juggling between your legs, being off the leg etc. Just get your buttons sorted out and the rest will follow.
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    01-03-2012, 09:45 PM
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Trained
Looks like you two were enjoying yourselves! Looks great.
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    01-03-2012, 10:16 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Thank you guys!
Like I said I felt like crap after this ride, so much that I was angry at myself and was crying. (whata looser) I know it can really only get better from here. I am planning on doing lots of figure eights and serpintines at walk and trot and some good solid walk halt, walk to trot transtions before I ask him for the canter again on undersaddle :) He was not going off my leg inour traintions what so ever so we will have to go back and work on reminding him to go forward the first time I ask....not 5 kicks and a growl later! I also wasnt pushing him to much cause his back was so locked up the first 10 minutes or so and I didnt want him to buck, not that I was fearful of it but was morepicking and chooing my battles for the first ride back. I am happy to say he wasnt at all HOT or SPOOKY like I think alot of young green horses would be after so much time off and it being cold, windy and rainy! I have no complaints of his behalf but really relized how much I need to work on ME to better help him.

Thanks again. You guys are awesome!
     

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