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post #1 of 20 Old 01-30-2011, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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pleasepleaseplease C.R.I.T.I.Q.U.E.

pleeease critique me and my lease horse :)
She is an imported dutch warmblood mare
I do realize I am terrible with my hands, upper body, and seat.
I would just love any tips to help improve my riding.
Thanks Bunches

(please let me know if the video/link does not work.)

He carried me away from all my fears, and his mane was there to wipe my tears. -RIP Vegas, my best friend.

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post #2 of 20 Old 01-30-2011, 11:28 AM
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The link doesn't work. It's a private video. I'd be happy to take a look if you unblock it.

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post #3 of 20 Old 01-30-2011, 11:31 AM
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Vegas, YouTube is what most of our members use, it is really simple to use and one can always make a video only visible to those who have the link, which makes it perfect for posting here!

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^^ Or if you want to combine a couple videos so they're all in one spot, OneTrueMedia works. That's what I always use :)

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post #5 of 20 Old 01-30-2011, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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yeah, as for the youtube thing, my computer got a virus from youtube and I can't use it anymore.

But, I can post a few pics here and use those???

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post #6 of 20 Old 01-30-2011, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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OK, now I have an idea!!! I can use my sisters laptop to upload it to youtube. It will be done in about half an hour.
In the meantime, I have another vid. From youtube on a different pony:
I APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE FOR NOT WEARING A HELMET


And here are some pics of the wb mare:






And just a spare to throw in there: (complete different pony)
Mouse the horse

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and I still managed to get it on youtube!!!


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post #8 of 20 Old 01-30-2011, 03:39 PM
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It's a little hard to tell becuase of the video... You look quite nice though. The biggest thing I noticed was your heels need to be down. You have a nice, stable leg, but because your heels aren't down you aren't using your base as nicely as you could. It might also help to slide the stirrup towards the ball of your foot. If you notice in the pictures you posted, the stirrup is almost the the heel of your boot.

I'd also work on your hands. You keep your hands right on the horse's neck. Lift your hands up in the air about an inch and a half (I used to do that too, hah) so your hands are close to the withers but not resting on the horse.

That jumping picture is pretty far away, but it looks like you're jumping ahead a bit. (I still do that!) Try "squatting" down over the jump more. Your elbows are also too bent. If you don't jump ahead as much, your elbows can't be as bent (provided you don't change your release, of course.)

Overall, you look like a nice rider, which a fairly good base. By the way, I absolutely love both of the horses in the videos. You're very lucky to lease such a lovely mare

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post #9 of 20 Old 01-30-2011, 04:27 PM
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You didn't say by which standards you want to be critiqued by...hunter? Event? Jump? It makes a difference.

My overall first impression is one of stiffness. Stiff back, arms and legs. You really need to relax those muscles so that you can flow more freely with your horse's movement.
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It's a little hard to tell becuase of the video... You look quite nice though. The biggest thing I noticed was your heels need to be down. You have a nice, stable leg, but because your heels aren't down you aren't using your base as nicely as you could. It might also help to slide the stirrup towards the ball of your foot. If you notice in the pictures you posted, the stirrup is almost the the heel of your boot.

I'd also work on your hands. You keep your hands right on the horse's neck. Lift your hands up in the air about an inch and a half (I used to do that too, hah) so your hands are close to the withers but not resting on the horse.

That jumping picture is pretty far away, but it looks like you're jumping ahead a bit. (I still do that!) Try "squatting" down over the jump more. Your elbows are also too bent. If you don't jump ahead as much, your elbows can't be as bent (provided you don't change your release, of course.)

Overall, you look like a nice rider, which a fairly good base. By the way, I absolutely love both of the horses in the videos. You're very lucky to lease such a lovely mare
Thanks. Yeah, she is extremely amazing and I love her to bits and pieces.. she was a jumper, and she definitely still has that wb jumper "spunk" around the jumps. Right when she sees the next one, she gets waaay excited and wants to GOGOGO right then and she SPRINGS and LEAPS striaght for it. But currently, she is about 6-7 months pregnant, so I havent been jumping her for a while (better to be safe than sorry)

And Allison, I am doing hunter with her, sorry I didnt clarify that..

Thanks again you guys!

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