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    12-13-2010, 07:59 PM
Still great good luck with your schoulder
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    12-13-2010, 08:04 PM
VelvetsAB: Thank you for the picture! I definitely see what you mean- around here it's more the fad of literally sticking your butt in the air. I don't even understand how people ride that way...

Amlalriiee: Thank you very much. I've been fiddling with the length of my stirrups for quite some time now, and have yet to find the length that actually suits me. I will be careful of not falling into a chair seat though. Definitely working on my hands then. :)
    12-13-2010, 09:16 PM
What I see is a girl who is a good rider, but one who hasn't learned to be effective yet. Effectiveness is a hard thing to learn, and it really does come with time - it's something I still struggle with when riding any horse that isn't my own. Other than that, you need to carry your hands, not bury them into your pommel, and bring your legs back and out of the chair seat. One exercise that really helped me build a solid lower leg was to do a proper two-point. Also, riding without stirrups is a huge help (with proper supervision, of course).
    12-13-2010, 09:28 PM
Thank you for the critique.

Could you clarify on what you mean by effectiveness?

I'll definitely try the two-point exercise and maybe do some no stirrup work. Thanks!
    12-13-2010, 09:32 PM
That would b good
    12-13-2010, 09:33 PM
Hi Horseluver! Remember me?
I agree most with Amlalriee (spell?)., I felt her critique was the best, though you kinda get the gist of the overall things people are seeing. I just wanted to add that I see HUGE improvement. !! You look really calm and easy for your horse to carry. The canter was very nice. Now, can you do that and raise one hand in the air, then the other and still have a good seat? Can you sing a song while doing that? Just to put a bit of relaxation in there, 'cause you looked so serious in that vid.
As for the trot, what I see, from a dressage background, is that becasue your leg is out in front of you, you are posting off of your knee, kind of like it's a hinge. This means that you have to actually bounce off the back of the hrose, and since she wasn't offering you a lot to bounce off of, (lack of impulsion), you look like yoiu could almost be the tinitest bit behind her motion, thus working too hard.
If you posted with your legs more under you, you would utilize all your joints in a very slight accordion style bending and opening to raise yourself and could then touche down very lightly in the saddle. You will feel more energy going down the back of your legs and more in your buttock. You are pulling your self up with your quadraceps . IF your horse started to go more forward suddenly, you would be left behind .
When you start asking for more impulsion from her and taking enough contact to kind of "string" her,, like stringing a bow, you will have that final element.

I think you really ride quite well and your horse is obviously comfortable and trusting with her rider, and that , above all, is important!
    12-13-2010, 09:44 PM
Originally Posted by horseluver2435    
Thank you for the critique.

Could you clarify on what you mean by effectiveness?

I'll definitely try the two-point exercise and maybe do some no stirrup work. Thanks!
At this point you're just along for the ride - not asking him to use his back, get under himself, or have any amount of collection. It's about inside leg to outside rein and asking him to bend. As he starts to do this, his back will come up and his head down. At the moment he's happy just going along on a slack rein, which is fine, but for dressage you'll need to start picking up contact. In the canter video you actually have him bent to the outside at one point. It just comes with quality lessons and that moment it 'clicks'. You have the foundation, and that's half the battle.
    12-13-2010, 10:13 PM
Tinyliny: I do indeed! Thank you for stopping by. :) I think I understand what you mean! So again, getting that leg back and really getting myself up by using the muscles and strength in my legs, not just tossing myself up there, no?

Ohh, okay. I get it now. :) Thank you very much for clarifying. With the bending, etc, I've actually just started doing that in lessons. And Rainy counterbends quite awfully, it's something we're continuing to work on, along with her dropping her inside shoulder around corners- straightness is so difficult! :) But my trainer is aware of this problem and we've been doing lots of cone weaving exercises and getting Rainy responsive to my leg. She's come a long way in two years, but she and I still have much to learn.
    12-13-2010, 10:19 PM
Glad to hear that your instructor is having you work on bending and suppling! You really are a good, good rider - it's time you get onto the next phase :). I see a lot of potential in you.
    12-13-2010, 10:24 PM
*blushes* Thank you!
I'm lucky to have a coach who rode to the Prix St. George level with her coach's horse and fourth level with her own horse, though she no longer competes in dressage. She's rather wonderful for where am I now, and I'll have a hard time leaving her in three years. But I know if I want to ride for a living or even just ride better than where I am, I need to get away from the area I'm at (not a lot of great barns around in SE MI!) and experience new places, new horses and new trainers. :)

Sorry for the spiel.

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