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    07-03-2013, 06:34 PM
To get me to loosen up my arms and soften my elbows, during warm up, my trainer has me give one rein away at a time and then take it back "give it away, take it back"...a few times on each side. So basically push your arm up towards the horses head, and then bring it back to you. Its a quick and easy trick that you can do before each ride :) good luck!
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    07-03-2013, 06:49 PM
Have a bit more of a bend in your arm, elbows to your sides - but not clenching - and hands just a bit closer together.

When you post and sit the trot make sure your hands are keeping in the same position and you aren't pulling back when you go up in a post. When you are sitting the trot - make sure you aren't bobbing the reins too much. Also make sure you aren't using the reins for balance.

I notice you are sitting a little far forward - make sure you are sitting up straight. :)

I like how you know how to post correctly. Always go with the outside leg of which you are turning - very nice!!
    07-04-2013, 03:30 AM
Green Broke
Don't be afraid to post your critique wanted threads, everyone on here is usually lovely and you are in no way a horrible rider! You do have things to improve on, but we all do.

Relax! It makes everything so much more enjoyable for you and your horse, but also makes your position so much nicer. You look very stiff, as you said above you didn't notice, a lot of riders don't. I know when I ride a little stiff some times, my coach will yell at me to relax - and I'm just like, what? I'm not even nervous at all! Sometimes we do it subconsciously, try not to worry about your position (as a whole) too much and think of little things.

Start with your arms, you have no bend in them at all! That must not be very comfortable for you, and probably feels a little strange to your horse too!! Try to keep your elbows beside you, and remember to keep your hands soft. It's almost weird to imagine, but think of yours wrists being like 'stretchy'. You don't want your arms to be tight and tense, you'll subconsciously be having a hard contact with your horses mouth. Soft!!

Your lower leg is nice, remember to keep your toes facing inwards though - otherwise your heels are n horses horses side all the time and your knee is very open. It seems that your horse is a little lazy? Remember to only squeeze with your legs when you really need to, not every stride. He will become a bit unresponsive to it. Instead of nudging him with your heels, try squeezing your entire lower leg, using all of it to push him forward.

I hope I could help, your a good rider. :)
    07-04-2013, 07:46 AM
Every one has given brilliant advice, and I have noy
Thing further to add, but one thing:
Is it just me or does the horse look a bit lame? He seems to be nodding his head every time one of his legs hits the ground.
Maybe I'm only imagining things
    07-04-2013, 10:55 AM
My thoughts too CandyCanes. Was wondering if Dexter is sore on the front feet?? He seems to bob his head up and down regardless of direction, terrain or bit contact -all in rhythm with his front feet.
    07-04-2013, 11:01 AM
Green Broke
I was just about to say he looks lame
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    07-04-2013, 11:38 AM
Thanks for all the advice! Going to ride in a few and will try to work on it and maybe get another video.

Hm I didn't notice him feeling off but out ring can sometimes be a little hard and I didn't have his Easyboots on so maybe that's why? His feet don't have any sores on them. I've been trying to ride him in the ring more without his boots to help toughen his feet, someone had suggested I tried to. When I first started with the Easyboots though I used them every ride for like 4 months or so.

Usually if he's a little off or stiff it's in his back right leg, so it's unusual to say his front end so I'm guessing the ground was bothering him. Ill just go back to booting him for up there too since its not always soft!

Again, thank you for all The great advice so far! If it would stop raining EVERY Monday I'd try a lesson with this new trainer butttt weathers been terrible!
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    07-06-2013, 02:23 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by CandyCanes    
Every one has given brilliant advice, and I have noy
Thing further to add, but one thing:
Is it just me or does the horse look a bit lame? He seems to be nodding his head every time one of his legs hits the ground.
Maybe I'm only imagining things

I wanted to say this but thought I was crazy.

    07-11-2013, 09:04 AM
Well, I thought your leg was good. Of course the elbows need to be bent, but you pointed that out yourself. Your shoulders could go back, and the horse needs to be more forward, she's a little slow. She has a nice trot though!

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