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post #1 of 5 Old 07-21-2014, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Please Critique Canter (english)

I havent ridden regularly for a year, but just recently got back into it. Most of it came back to me, but I am mainly struggling with keeping my heel down and transitions in and out of the trot. Everything else is a minor, easy fix once it is pointed out to me.

Please critique my canter in this video. I take the stirrups off most of the time because I have a bad habit of relying on them if they are there. If not there, not a problem. The lighting makes it hard to see my foot, but I actually had my heel down, but was pointing my toe outwards. Other than that, what do you see that I need to improve on?

I fell off at the end due to me not being able to transition from canter to trot. Usually I am not *that* bad, I just apparently really screwed up here haha.

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-21-2014, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Bump please :)
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It's really hard to critique off of this video, sorry. When you pass the camera close up, you're going too fast relative to the frame to see anything. When you are on the far-side, the lighting makes it impossible to see much other than your upper body silhouetted against the background light.

The only thing I can critique is your upper body, which is really "pumping". Your body should be far more quiet, allowing your hips to move with the horse. Your arms need to move with the horse's neck and head movement so you don't pop your horse int he mouth, but your upper body should remain pretty much vertical, not rocking back and forth.

If you are bracing against your stirrups when you canter, I'd recommend doing lots of stirrupless or bareback work on a lungeline until you rely on your postition and seat instead of your stirrups.

Just an off-subject tip: no need to bump your post after just an hour or so. It can easily take a day or so before people comment on a post. Be patient.
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I ditto Freia
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-22-2014, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thaks gor the input. I only bumped because every other post I've made had at least one answer in ten minutes, and at the time it said a ton if people were viewing the catagory. Figured mine got pushed down out of view.
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