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        03-30-2008, 06:06 PM

    So my boyfriend came with me to the stable the other day and I got some videos of me riding Fellen.. It was kind of hard for her to concentrait as it was snowing and windy.
    Critique away
    Oh and I know I should STOP LOOKING DOWN!


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        03-30-2008, 06:59 PM
    1) Sit deep in your seat - you are bouncing out of it, relax through your knees and ankles, don't grip with your knees, and sit. Most of your riding should come from your seat. This horse does have a nice big bouncy stride, but you need to sink into your legs to sit into him. (or her). Once you sit into your seat more, you'll notice that your lower leg will quit moving so much.

    2) Keep those hands quiet!

    3) Right off the bat in the second video, you were crossing your inside hand over the horse's wither - shorten up your rein and keep it straight and on the correct side of the horse's neck. Don't try to pick your hand across the wither to get him to bend.Try and keep more distance between your hands, they're coming a little too close together.

    4) Heels down - again, with point #1 sitting will fix this.

    5) Roll your shoulders back (this will help you to sit deep)

    Altogether you are a very nice rider with minor things to correct... gorgeous horse! I love his impusion. Most of your problems are stemming from not sitting deep in your saddle - once you can do that your riding will improve greatly. The only other major thing I noticed were your hands - keep them quiet and spaced apart - no crossing them over the wither! If your reins are too long, shorten them :)

    I look forward to seeing more videos when you post them!

    And I don't think I've seen you around the HorseForum - welcome!!
        03-31-2008, 02:32 AM
    True to all the first posted commented one but I wanted to add that you look too far behind. Meaning you almost look as if you're sitting saddle seat. Your legs aren't under you enough, they are sticking out. Try standing in your saddle, then bend your knees and sit directly down. Bringing your shoulders back will also help as will looking up and straight ahead of you. I think you're bouncing out of your seat because your not properly balanced w' your legs and feet infront of you. Remember the "line" ears, shoulders, hips, heels!!! You should be able to draw a straight line down through those points when you're sitting correctly. ;) My instructor would alway call out LINE and I'd know I was off! LOLOL

    But you look great otherwise! I am jealous, I never get to ride anymore I am just too busy and my riding sucks because of it now. :( Someday......lol
        03-31-2008, 05:44 AM
    I think those are some great videos

    Only suggestion I have is a follow up to the previous two replies.

    Keep your hands apart and donít let them cross the wither.

    I enjoyed the videos. Excellent riding!

    And what a beautiful horse!
        03-31-2008, 10:36 AM
    Everyone has given you great advise so far, and I just have one thing to add... Sit up in your corners! You look like you're leaning into them. Sit tall, roll your shoulders and think of putting more weight in your outside stirrup (thats what I think of when I feel myself starting to lean - puts me in the right spot).

    Good luck, and lovely horse!
        04-01-2008, 03:56 AM
    Thank you!!

    The hands close together is a German diffrence I think.. When you start riding they tell you your little fingers should be touching... Once you start really "riding" your hand go a bit more apart but still not als much as I've seen in america.
    Thank you for pointing out the "hand-drifting-thing".. hadn't even noticed I do that!
    I don't really see myself "poping" out of the sadle... I see myself going with my horse. But I'll try sitting even deeper. And my legs could go back a bit more... Thanks for pointig it out!
    Haven't had a lesson all Winter cause my trainer hasn't had very much time. But now that show season has started I'll get more lessons...
    Thanks again
        04-01-2008, 04:25 AM
    I didn't really notice you popping out of the saddle either. I think thatís just your horseís movements.

    But wow they really tell you to ride with your fingers almost touching? Hehe how weird. I'm from Australia; all my teachers have told me to keep my hands well apart. Just curious to know the reasoning behind that?
        04-01-2008, 09:55 AM
    Noo idea! Lol.. I've noticed alot of little diffrences like that... I don't know why... I've heard alot of teachers in america say to "Follow your horses mouth" when your horse is walking, so the beginers move there arms back and forth.. Well in Germany nobody EVER says that.. Keep your arms compleatly still intill you know when to give and stuff..
    It would be interessting if somebody knew why..
        04-08-2008, 03:58 AM
    Nice riding, you horse has BEAUTIFUL gaits!
        04-08-2008, 05:43 PM
    Everything has already been said but I was just letting you know that your horse is a BEAUTIFUL mover

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