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post #1 of 8 Old 03-17-2008, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Rip us to shreds! We need it =]!

Hi everybody! You guys probably don't remember me but a lonngg time ago I used to come on this site alot. Well then I got really busy or something and kinda forgot about this place (sorry =[..). Well my family and I have moved to a different state and me and my horse were seperated for a month (we had to find a transporter). So now we've been back to riding for about a month but I have picked up some bad habits and am not riding as well as I did before. So I started to think "who could critique us and help me out" and then I remembered all of you (yay!)! So here are a few videos of us trotting and cantering. I was hoping you guys could completely rip us both to shreds and give me advice/tips/support/ANYTHING lol. Thanks in advance.
I'm looking forward to hearing some opinions =].
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-17-2008, 09:04 PM
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- Bend you elbows and keep them at your sides
- Quiet your hands, they're bouncing
- Lower leg needs to come up and under you more.
- Roll your shoulders back, and puff out your chest (think of there being a huge star on your chest, and you want to show it off, so without swaying your back out, roll your shoulders back, keep your chin up, and let that star shine!)
- Nice beat, very nice tempo :)

- Sink into your seat; you don't want to see daylight between your seat and saddle at any point (this is hard, it takes a while to get.. you want to rock your pelvis with the horse's movement so you're not popping out every stride.)
- Once again, the hands are very busy - balance from your seat, not your hands, and keep your hands quiet so you're not bopping the horse in the mouth
- Bend your elbows and tuck them into your sides. If your reins are too short when you have your elbows bent, let them out a few inches instead of giving from the elbow.
- You were a little better with your shoulders here; good job :)
- You have a fery nice deep seat beginning, as you aren't leaning forwards, which is 99% of most peoples' problems
- Leg underneath you

- Wrong diagonal off the bat; you switched to the right one at about 1:28
- Steady your hands (this is a big big one for me)
- Everything mentioned above :)
hehe I love the sneeze...

Overall, you're doing well and can have an awesome seat if you just work on a few things.
I'm looking forward to update videos!

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-18-2008, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much Justdressageit!
Your critique is really helpful, I'm going to work on all those things that you mentioned and hopefully make some progress and then I will definately post some updated videos.

Anybody else?
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-18-2008, 12:15 PM
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I agree with JustDressageIt
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-18-2008, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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ok thanks =]
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-18-2008, 09:01 PM
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I second everything that JustDressageIt said. The biggest issue is your hands. Part of it is raising them up a bit so you have a straight line from elbow to bit and getting a bend in your elbows. And an even bigger part of it is relaxing them so you have a nice soft following hand. You need to relax through your elbows and allow your hands to follow his movement so you don't catch him in the mouth. However, they do look a little softer than some of the earlier videos you posted. So good work! Just keep going with it.

At the canter, I think you are riding a bit behind the motion. You should be sitting more on the front of your seatbone than on your butt. You have a nice, comfortable following seat. I'd like to see you keep that going but bring your center just a little more forward.

Are you aiming to ride in a more huntseat or a dressage style? If you are aiming for huntseat, you should have a more forward position with your upper body. Your stirrups are a little long, and as a result your legs are too far in front of you which is sending your upper body back. If you are going for huntseat, shorten your stirrups a hole or two and bring your lower leg back underneath you. No matter what style, there should be a nice straight line from your ear-shoulder-hip through the back of your heel.

Good luck!

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-19-2008, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks regarding horses! I will think about that next time I ride.
Also, my new trainer wants me to strengthen my legs and stop relying so much on the stirrups, thats why they are so long and causing some issues. Thanks for pointing it out though, I'll work on it =]!
Thanks again guys!
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-20-2008, 02:37 PM
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If you need some leg strengthening, ride bareback or without stirrups. Bareback is tons of fun and a great way to bond with your horse. If you and/or your horse aren't comfortable bareback (and even if you are) still ride lots of no stirrups when you are in the saddle. The key is to keep your legs bent and in the same position as if you were using stirrups, as opposed to just letting them hang down.

It's possible to post bareback/no stirrups too. If you did that, you'd strengthen your legs and improve your balance (as far as being too far back with your upper body).

Just some additional thoughts. It's hard work, but oh so worth it.

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