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        12-28-2008, 09:05 PM
    Please critique my horse and I :]

    Hey guys. I was hoping that I could get a critique of my horse and I. I wanna know the good, the bad and the ugly about us both lol oh and how we can improve. Anything helps :]. Thanks in advance!
    Oh and sorry there are so many, They are from my last couple rides...I couldn't choose which ones so I'm just throwing them all out there lol.

    Hey guys. I was hoping that I could get a critique of my horse and I. I wanna know the good, the bad and the ugly about us both lol oh and how we can improve. Anything helps :]. Thanks in advance!
    Oh and sorry there are so many, They are from my last couple rides...I couldn't choose which ones so I'm just throwing them all out there lol.

    Continue please :]
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        12-28-2008, 09:05 PM

        12-28-2008, 09:11 PM
    In the first few pictures it looks like you are looking down but it is not as noticeable in the other pictures. It might be because your helmet is too big but i'm not sure.

    The trot looks good but remember to keep your hands together and to relax. At the canter you are leaning to one side, and look kind of tight, although it might be the picture. Your leg looks very good though. A little improvement and you'll be all set.

    Your horse is adorable!!!!
        12-28-2008, 10:09 PM
    Just a quick one-
    In a couple of pictures [looked like mainly the canter] your hands are in your crotch. They shouldn't be there. Lol bring them up and off the withers and work on relaxing your hands and arms because you look a bit stiff.
    In the pole pictures it looks like you are just planting you hands and you are posting to forward and all your weight is being balanced on your toes and not sinking into your heals like it should. Relax you arms and let them give with the horse and relax your leg down and "wrap" them around the horse.
    In some of the pictures where it looks like you are pulling, you are bringing you hands to your crotch. They shouldn't be there and it is not affective. Bring your hands up out of the gutters and when you are pulling back, relax your arms and bring them to your hips and bend your elbows and just do a relaxed straight pull back while bending your elbows, but don't let you hands stiffen up. That's not going to make the horse happy.
    You do not have to post so high.
    I might suggest doing some no-stirrup work to help you learn to feel your horses gaits a little better.

    In the ninth picture in the second post it looks very nice.
    You horse has a nice relaxed natural looking headset and your position look good as well. Your elbows are bent, your heals are nice, your just a little stiff in your hands.

    Your horse is verrrry cute, but carries his head a little high. I would work on getting him into frame and getting him to round, because as I said in that one picture it looks really good.

    In the videos, your overal position is okay, you just need to work on that lower leg because you look a tad unbalanced over the jumps. Your jumping to far ahead and your leg is sliding back. Your release is good, but let your butt slide back over the seat of the saddle instead of infront.
    As for you horse, keep him more organized to the jump and help him find his distance because he just looks unorganized. You might want to try putting a pole infront of the jump to help him out. He has a cute form, but his legs are a little loose, but it's a tinnny jump so I wouldn't stress over that.

    Lol, I said it would be a quick one, but I was bored. =P
    Your horse is verrry cute, how old is he/she?
        12-28-2008, 11:28 PM
    Thanks both of you ! I'm deffinitely going to work on what you guys mentioned.

    Ohhellneely: Haha that was extremely helpful, I appreciate it a ton! I actually took notes from what you both said (yeah I'm kinda a nerd lol), and I'm really excited to improve.

    To answer your question, my horse is a 19 year old thoroughbred mare. I love her to pieces lol..oh and her names Dusky :].

    Anyone else?
        12-29-2008, 02:53 PM
    Oh wow, I thought she looked a lot younger than that! Lol
    She's very cute. =]

    And good luck with your riding.
        12-29-2008, 04:12 PM
    Haha I get that alot. Thanks again :]
        12-29-2008, 06:05 PM
    I don't ride english but I would like to see her bending at the poll with bit pressure and more willing to collect. She looks really sweet and fun to ride. Pretty.
        12-29-2008, 06:11 PM
    Try to keep your thumbs on top and out of your crotch (I do these too!). Remember to look up and where you are going because it helps you keep your balance (and you won't run into anything.) You need to lower your centre of gravity. Lenghten your leg by thinking "toes up" and by putting more weight into your thights than in your stirrups. Can someone lunge you? You'll really benefit (who wouldn't?!) by doing no stirrups and no reins. You'll be able to concentrate on your balance and position if you don't have to worry about the horse.
        12-30-2008, 11:23 AM
    Thanks! I'll see if I can get soemone to lunge me next time I go out. That sounds like a good idea :].

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