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        09-11-2010, 02:30 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Question Riding and Comformation Critique please :)

    I would like some riding critique for me. Be harsh, be really harsh.I know he was picking up the wrong leads and everything, but I can't feel them or know what lead I'm on when I'm riding :/ but it was just a short work out and I was just messing around. After 6:24 I was really just messing around. Also, do you think I'm too tall/fat for him? I'm planning on losing weight so that's not a big deal right now, but height? I'm 5'6 and 1/2 and he is 15.1. I was going to cover this with music, but I thought the bickering was kind of funny.


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    Will you do some conformation critique on him? Hopefully this is good enough. I don't know anything about conformation...so. This was right after the video above and I tried my new SMB's on and he was getting used to them. No, they weren't too tight or anything. And he was sweaty, but I never leave him like that, I brush him out, so don't worry :)

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    Thanks a ton everyone!
         
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        09-11-2010, 03:09 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    I meant CoNformation :)
         
        09-11-2010, 03:26 PM
      #3
    Foal
    It looks like you need to work on your balance more before cantering. You are bouncing around a lot and seem to be unbalancing your horse. Your legs are far forward, and I don't ride western, but I would shorten the stirrups as well. Your lack of balance is causing you to hang on the reins, which is why he is fighting you so much. I think you and your horse are both green, and lessons and training would be a good idea to help get the basics down. To judge conformation, we need pictures where the horse is standing square. He seems like a kind horse though.
         
        09-11-2010, 03:29 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    I admit I do hang on the reins, but that day it was extra because it was only his second day outside and he was going super fast.
         
        09-11-2010, 03:54 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Oh Yeah, I would like to mention that he did everything I asked him to do, right away, without arguing. I was trying to get him to slow down. When I was on him, it didn't feel like he was backing that much, but when I look at the video, it backed about 6 steps which was good :)
         
        09-11-2010, 04:15 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Just wondering- is there a reason you were posting in a Western saddle? Lol.
    I noticed when you were posting, you were on the wrong diagonal- you should 'rise and fall to the leg on the wall'.
    At the canter, you need to work on having a steady seat, going with the motion of the horse more. In the video, you were bouncing around when you should sort of move with the horse. Does that make sense?
    Your hands also should be steadier so you don't confuse your horse. Otherwise, he won't have any idea what you're telling him to do.
    As for your horse, he seems to have nice motion- he's a cute mover and I like his canter. But I have to agree that lessons would be a good idea for you and him, if you aren't already doing so.
         
        09-11-2010, 04:22 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horseluver2435    
    Just wondering- is there a reason you were posting in a Western saddle? Lol.
    I noticed when you were posting, you were on the wrong diagonal- you should 'rise and fall to the leg on the wall'.
    At the canter, you need to work on having a steady seat, going with the motion of the horse more. In the video, you were bouncing around when you should sort of move with the horse. Does that make sense?
    Your hands also should be steadier so you don't confuse your horse. Otherwise, he won't have any idea what you're telling him to do.
    As for your horse, he seems to have nice motion- he's a cute mover and I like his canter. But I have to agree that lessons would be a good idea for you and him, if you aren't already doing so.
    He has a bumpy trot and it helps me not get a stomach ache. A lot of people post western you would be surprised, you just don't post when your showing, and since I don't do western pleasure or anything, it doesn't matter. It makes sense, I am still working on swaying my hips with his movement. If you watch closely you can see me sometimes not bounce as much and that's when I finally started swaying my hips with the beat. Yeah my hands do bounce around a lot, and I have to remember to remind my self to have softer hands. I have to disagree with the lesson thing, I just need practice at a canter. I don't have any problems with walking or trotting. This is maybe the 3rd time I have had a chance to canter him more than a few strides, but it's getting there.
         
        09-11-2010, 04:36 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    I recomend lessons anyhow- it would at least help you with the cantering part. Your positon does need work, especially with softening your hands and keeping your legs and hands still. Lessons can/will help that if you can find a good place to go. Good luck. :)
         
        09-11-2010, 04:53 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    You have lost your positon. Your leg is push so far in front of you and maybe that is why you are having such a hard time. I ride english but maybe you need to shorten your stirrups one hole. I would also suggest lessons.
         
        09-11-2010, 04:55 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    I am 5 6 and I have ridden horses 15.1 he seems to carry you just fine.
         

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