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post #1 of 8 Old 02-08-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Quick Picture Crit: Rising Trot

I haven't ridden a trotting horse in forever. My horse is gaited. Riding a gaited horse is much different than a trotter, I'll tell ya! The whole position is different. Sometimes I get up on a trotter and try to return to my hunt seat roots.

The little mare isn't mine; she's a green broke three-year-old who hasn't been ridden in a couple weeks. She can be rather difficult. I'm not usually hard handed, but she was fighting my half halts in one of the stills and the picture was snapped in the midst of that.

Also, my heels. They are not down. I have bad ankles and that is about how far they go down. That's embarassing. So make sure to say more than "Heels down!", cause I've noticed. ;D


Sucky heels... This is my bad bad ankle.

That angry half halt face I warned you about.

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-08-2012, 08:36 PM
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Actually, you are not doing to badly. You kept your elbow, hand to bit alingment, even when she resisted. your don't seem to be bracing on your stirrup.
There's not really enough there to make a huge critique but all in all, you did pretty well. The usual stuff, like more bend in ankle , if possible, and legs a wee bit further back under you.
In a bit of time , you'd be back to being comfy at a trot.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-08-2012, 08:52 PM
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I agree with Tiny that your equitation is not that bad.

The thing that screams out to me is that your horse and you are kind of using each other for balance. She is bracing against the reins for balance, allowing you to be her third leg so you want to try to get out of her mouth. The other thing is, you are using her to (via the rein pressure) to help you to post.

It's not awful and nothing that makes a person want to rip you off a horse, it's actually pretty good, especially for someone that is used to riding a gaited horse which puts you a little more straight up and down and pushes your legs out a little further in the front. You handled the transition to a "trot" horse very well.

Good job and keep up the hard work!

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-08-2012, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both! Very helpful!

I'll have to order a trotting horse lunge line lesson. This little mare probably isn't the best for getting my equitaton back. She requires contant rein ajustments due to her lack of balance and tendancy to get strung out when allowed a loser rein, as well as micro-managing to keep her straight. She uses me as a training wheel to keep herself balanced, as you said.

My gaited horse is getting a week off, so I'll be riding some more trotters. Practice practice!

Ha ha, I'm surprised I haven't been ripped harder critiques! I was sure everyone and there mother would come out of the woodwork to mock my trot work. Riding gaited horses is just so different. You're completely straight, never leaning a degree forwards. You sit on your butt instead of more on your crotch. Toes in front of knees. So weird, going back to hunt seat riding! Love it.
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I have a gaited horse, that's why I know it's a very different ride! I had an older gentleman for years that died at the age of about 38. We traded an insane pony for a young gal that has proven to have just as big a heart as the old black horse did. I love a TWH....

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post #6 of 8 Old 02-08-2012, 11:37 PM
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All I'm going to say is you seem reaaaally stiff, drop and roll back your shoulders, open that chest, and let that leg of yours hang, and use the horse's impulsion to post. The looser and more supple YOU are, the easier to allow your body to post rather than using your tippy toes or your horse's face.

That's an ugly resistance face xD I giggled a bit. It'll come in time!
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-09-2012, 01:55 PM
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Apart from your hands and heels which you have already seen, all I can see is that you a leaning forward a bit in the trotting pics.
If I do this my instructor shouts at me "TITS AND TEETH!"
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Your heels can be up as long as your weight isn't on your toes, which will tip you forward.

If you continue to ride nongaited horses, you want to try and open up your core. Your collapsed in at the trot (looks good at the walk). Like said above open up your chest (My trainer always told us to flash people with our headlights.... sorry little kids. LOL). When you open up, you'll roll back a bit on your seat bones and be able to use your core and leg to encourage this horse to soften.

The picture just looks tense, but not bad at all. You certainly have a decent EQ for usually riding gaited horses. Your leg isn't shoved out in front of you.

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