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        04-18-2009, 07:46 PM
    Riding Critique (3 vids)

    This is my riding over the past few months. I don't have anything really recent because no one has been staying for my lessons, but I should have some more soon.

    January 3, 2009

    February 8, 2009 (just jumping)

    Feburary 14, 2009 (horse show)

    I've been jumping for about 4 months. In my show, Prince galloped the whole jumping course and I was nervous, so my back is hunched, but I'm working on that! :)

    Thanks y'all!
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        04-20-2009, 05:42 PM
    Bumping this up :) Please critique guys!
        04-20-2009, 06:05 PM
    1st Vid: You seem to get really jostled at the canter. How often do you get to ride? I would try running to help build your muscle in your leg to help sit more. You are behind the motion, try pushing your butt back a little more and arching your back. I also noticed that your hands have a tendency to move around a lot. I would try and keep them much stiller (is that even a word???) so you don't yank on your horse's mouth. When jumping you were very crooked. I'd go back to a single jump and focus on riding it totally straight. This will create many problems if not fixed but flat work should help.

    2nd Vid: This video was much better. I liked that you stayed in jumping position the entire time, although your leg was still swinging. The steering issue was almost gone, until after you landed and the horse tried to cut in. However, you worked on fixing it. The one stride was very nice but the 3rd jump was a little "tight" meaning you got there two soon.

    3rd Vid: Your horse is racing to the jump as you mentioned and you left to far away. As you mentioned your back is hunched - most likely because you are just trying to stay with him. As for the flat portion, I see many of the same faults as the 1st vid.
    0:39 your foot is too far into the stirrup and you need to stretch up. 0:48 - your hand is still moving too much and I would lower your hand more. You seem to be jostled around again.
    0:58 - I know you couldn't do anything but the girl rode up behind you and your horse almost kicked out. This is very scary and unsafe. I'm sure it wasn't a great feeling riding around right then!

    For the course: After the 1st and 4th line your horse doesn't get its lead change right away and your counter canter through most of the corner, which is scary because you can potentially fall down. At the 2nd line your reins get way too long so your horse begins to canter faster, and faster and faster.

    I would suggest holding of jumping until you can get your flat work a little more polished. Do you own this horse or do you just take lessons?
        04-20-2009, 08:59 PM
    First Vid:
    I would work on that post and try to sit stiller and a bit more foward in the canter the jump is good but use you leg to keep that horse straight.

    Second Vid:
    Your leg was swinging, but you postion was great but it would be better if your hands you higher up the neck but than the first vid!

    Last Vid:
    You looked alot better don't let your leg swing and at the canter give a flowing arm but so good for jumping don't let your horse race around and take off long and don't hunch your back over all way better
        04-20-2009, 09:49 PM
    Thanks guys!

    I'll start running a lot more to build my leg muscles. That was something I wanted to do personally. I feel that my legs aren't strong enough. I have also started riding my bike without sitting down, which helps my core and my legs :)

    Yeah, my release is something I need to work on. I rode western completely for about 2 years so I'm still getting used to the english rein deal :) I feel like I'm hurting my horse's mouth if I hold the reins too tight, but then I don't hold them tight enough.

    Yeah, Prince had an off day. I'm not trying to make excuses, but all I was concentrated on in that jumping round was slowing him the heck down! He totally took the bit and ran with it. I'm getting better at my control though.

    Prince isn't mine, I just took lessons on him. Now I ride a mare named Queen who I really get along with. She's great! I have a lesson tomorrow, so I'll work on all of this!

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