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    04-07-2013, 02:07 AM
Riding critique? (dressage)

Hello! I would have put up video, but honestly, I felt a little lazy this week! This is from last sunday.

We took it a little easy since this was his first time in the outside riding ring this season, so didn't want to rev him up too much. Plus, he hurt himself a couple weeks ago, so have been taking it easy in general.

That being said, please comment on whatever you would like! I'm always looking for constructive criticism.

I do have lots of video, so if something is really bothering you, I can upload it.

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    04-07-2013, 02:52 AM
IN some pictures it looks like you are rolling your pelvus under you more than necessary, and hunching over (kind of curling up like a "prawn") a little bit.

Also, I think you might shorten your stirrup just one notch. Seeing video would reveal better if the stirrup is too long or not.
    04-07-2013, 02:59 AM
I sit kind of crookedly (some due to my probably misaligned hip that needs to be cared for and I went to physio for, plus bad muscle memory stemming from that) so especially if looking at my right leg, it often looks like it needs to be shortened! But then my left leg will be faaar too short lol. I need to remember to stretch down into my right stirrup.

Yep, the hunching is an ongoing problem. Some days it's worse than others, but it happens when I get too comfortable oops. I can fix it fairly easily, I know how it SHOULD feel, I just... let it pass. Gotta keep on it...
    04-07-2013, 04:20 AM
Ok, here's a lazy video haha. Normally I edit it so there's clips from throughout the entire session, to give any viewers a more accurate look. But as I said, don't really feel like editing, so just took a short piece.

    04-07-2013, 07:26 AM
From what I see, you sit a little too much on your bum, you should be more on the front of your seat than so much back.
Look where you are going, not where the horses head is, eg, lift your head and look further out.
Your upper body looks a bit stiff, like you are trying a bit too hard, I would say shorten the reigns a bit, loosen your arms, then shoulders and relax all the way through. I know, easy to say, I sometimes have the same issue, but with lots of work one can loosen up and be with the horse :)
In the video it looked like you are trying to cramp on the reigns into your stomach.
It is not all bad, you ride well, its just there is always something to improve..
    04-07-2013, 01:26 PM
I am only a dressage beginner, so I can't give anything substantial, but overall, I think you're a good rider. You could relax some more and sit farther forward off your bum so that your leg is straighter, which has been said already. I don't think it's your stirrup length, just how you're sitting. Both of you seem a tad bit stiff in the video, but I'm attributing that to your circumstances.
There's something that I can't seem to put my finger on here, I'm thinking it might just be the stiffness... When are you riding next? Would it be possible for you to get a video again? I'd like to see how you two do with a longer rein...
Someone please tell me if I'm going in the wrong direction, lol.
    04-07-2013, 03:48 PM
Thanks for sharing that. I think you are doing quite well. I don't do much sitting trot and am perfectly horrid at at, so not sure if my thoughts are worth much.
It does look like you are back on your tail bone just the tiniest bit, and upper chest curled down a tiny bit. It looks like you are a wee, wee bit behind the vertical. Iknow that a lot of people do this to sit the trot; allowing the energy to come out through their abdomin, thus kind of leading with it. But I think yo may get a more energetic trot from that horse if you can lift your chest and think of our sternum as "leading" you as you travel through space.

All in all, you are really doing quite well.
    04-07-2013, 04:08 PM
Some of the stiffness from me is also that I'm a bit ouchy, lol. I wore the wrong underwear some days ago and I got some saddle sores. As in, literally right over both seat bones! Ah well! My saddle is no soft thing either. Good thing he's got such easy gaits.

Nope, you're absolutely right. I have to sit up more, bring out my chest. I can do it, I DO do it, I just haven't broken free of the bad habit of doing it! When I do, he does indeed move freer. Just gotta get in it my head to do it ALL the time!!

I was going to get some video today, but we were in the indoor and riding with 6 other horses! He did sooooo well; he's normally very nervous around too many horses. We just worked on relaxation really.

I might have some more video of us riding on a long rein from the outdoor session, if that helps? We normally do a lot of work on a longer rein and riding in a stretch, so I'll take a look and see if my mom recorded some of that. (she was focusing on pics this time, since it was so sunny)
    04-07-2013, 04:35 PM
Ok, it appears I really was tense and didn't seem to do any stretchy riding for that sunday. I found a short snippet of giving him some rein for like 20 seconds, but I doubt that's going to be useful.

I'll try another recording next sunday!
    04-07-2013, 05:02 PM
I always like to say that just because I might have some advice, does not mean that I could put that advice into play. My riding is very sucky compared to yours, beleive me!

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