Running-Walk Critique

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        12-21-2010, 10:34 PM
    Green Broke
    Running-Walk Critique

    So... How's my equitation at a running walk?

    The horse is Baby Girl. She's a four-year-old spotted saddle horse who I hope to make mine this Christmas. :) At this point, she hadn't been ridden in a month and was on an alfalfa high. It was something! You may critique her as well if you can!

    I won't even make excuses for that terrible form. My inner hunter is screaming, "CHAIR SEAT!", while my inner saddle seat rider is merely shrugging.

    (I'm definitely going to regret posting this.)

    Baby Girl and I thank you.

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        12-21-2010, 11:00 PM
    I notice that your shoulders are kind of slouching, and in the first picture you look like you are leaning forward a tad.. You know I will try and take pictures of my friend and her walking horse tom. And let you see. She kind of rides the exact same way you guys almost look identical... your toes also need to be forward. I'm not an expert but I have those same problems on my saddlebred. I have a bad shoulder so I slouch really bad. You guys look really good together!
        12-21-2010, 11:01 PM
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    Baby Girl is lovely!!!! You look really nice to me. I know that gaiting riders sit a little different, but your postition isn't that different. If you took the first two photos and you just tilted your upper body back a couple of degrees, it would be darn near perfect. YOu go girl!
        12-21-2010, 11:28 PM
    You have nothing to fear, you look fine.
    In some photos I wonder if your reins are different lengths, and running is called a trot, or in this case trotting. But I think you look good, congrats and keep at it.
        12-21-2010, 11:44 PM
    Green Broke

    I wouldn't be surprised if your friend and I ride similarly. The gait seems to force me into that position; especially a rough gait, like Baby Girl's. It seems to help absorb the motion. Sitting a run-walk is harder than it's made up to be! Is your saddlebred gaited?


    Thanks so much! When I go ride tomorrow, I'll remember to keep my shoulders back and sit straight.


    Thank you! I'm pretty sure she wasn't trotting in any of those pictures, but I wouldn't be too terribly surprised if she was trotting at some point. She seems towards diagonal motion more so than lateral.
        12-21-2010, 11:47 PM
    Forgive Alex...she is english and doesn't know gaited horses *LMAO!*

    I think that you guys look good together. Your upper body needs a bit of refinement but nothing drastic. The only thing I would say is that your hands do need a bit of work.
        12-21-2010, 11:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Ha ha! Poor Alex. No gaited horses... That must be terrible.

    What in particular should I do with my hands? I can see they're a little all over the place...
        12-21-2010, 11:56 PM
    Oh no I did it AGAIN! I have no clue about gaited horses. Doh
    Why can't your horses just be normal so I can make a comment without looking stupid?
        12-21-2010, 11:58 PM
    Green Broke

    *LOL* That made my night. I ride abnormal horses just to bother foreigners!
        12-22-2010, 12:02 AM
    (hangs head in shame)

    As most things are foreign to me in America, I assume you mean the same thing that I do and are just using weird words. And I am supposed to speak the same language.

    I really need to learn that YOU LOT are just odd, and I should view you all as such and not assume I know what you are talking about.

    And I need to remember that you ride those horses that do a funky dance.

    Sorry, I am an idiot.

    So tell me what is a 'running walk' other than sounding like a newb who does not know the word trot?

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