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    05-27-2012, 10:21 PM
Riding/Training Critique

Hi all!

This is an older video (few years ago) of myself riding a Quarter Horse gelding named Poncho. The video is kind of dark, and I apologize for that; There were no lights in the arena, so I put my camera on the wall next to the gate.

I would appreciate critiques of all kinds, and constructive criticism. I no longer ride Poncho, so any advice with him will be "useless" :).

I found out after further investigation into his stumbling that his hooves were at different angles, and after many requests to the owner to have his hooves trimmed, I stopped riding him. So, stumbling is a balance/hoof issue mostly, as far as I can tell now.

Thank you!

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    05-27-2012, 10:26 PM
The video is so dark as to be virtually useless to make any critique from. Next time. Place the camera so that it is pointed toward the darkest corner, not the bright door. This way it will open to take in as much light as possible.

The only thing I can see is you in profile, and it indicates that you are leaning into the circles too much, which makes the horse more likely to fall into the circle. You are occasionally sitting too far back behind the vertical, too.
    05-27-2012, 10:26 PM
Though it is hard to tell, would anyone wager my stirrups are too short?
    05-27-2012, 10:28 PM
As for the lighting, the camera was next to a larger door with more light; the small pen was just not the best for lighting.

I agree with leaning back and falling in; would you say having short stirrups would encourage that?
    05-27-2012, 11:01 PM
Not for me. Sitting vertical is sitting vertical no matter the length of the stirrup; at least within a normal range. Really short stirrups might force you lean forward. For me, if my stirrups are too long I may be more likely to lean back too far, riding too much off my tail bone.

I clued into the leaning in part because this is probably my number one sin. I get all leaned over, as if I am trying to "help" the horse. But, for the horse to step under himself, thus keep a bend in his body on a circle, he has to be not overly weighted on his inside hip. So, if you lean to the inside, you shorten his ability to reach under himself. IN a tight turn, think of almost lifting up your inside hip to give him more room to get his leg and hip under himself for the turn. And stay perfectly vertical.
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    05-27-2012, 11:07 PM
Thanks for that! :) I agree; I have a tendency to want to "help" by leaning in, and the way you describe makes sense to prevent it.

What can you say about hand position, given that I am working on bending/suppling? I think at times it looks like my hands are much too high, and I am slow to release an inside rein when trying to help pick him up in a turn.


ETA: I tend to ride off my tailbone now that I think about it. Since this video I feel I have improved my seat greatly as far as staying vertical, though I am not currently riding, so a new video is not readily available.
    05-27-2012, 11:16 PM
I could not see the details of your hands, but my general impression was that they were at a correct height and were steady . . Good. You had your head up nicely and moved pretty well with the horse. Wish I could have seen it better.

GEt back in the saddle!
    05-27-2012, 11:18 PM
Thank you for your comments; it is always nice for me to have another pair of eyes.

Working on getting back in the saddle after a few years of mumbo jumbo moving around ;)

    05-27-2012, 11:57 PM
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    05-28-2012, 02:11 AM
Curious if anyone else can see the video well enough to comment? I am interested to know what opinions are on leg position and hand position?

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