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post #11 of 16 Old 07-26-2012, 03:21 AM
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It is not a tom thumb bit, I'm using a curb bit on him.
A TT is a curb bit, albeit a poorly made one.

I am looking forward to seeing him in english tack! There is something so daggon cute about you guys! Personally I think your hands are pretty steady considering you are still working on your seat. You don't appear to be balancing on his mouth which is good. I never saw the first videos but judging here I saw you seem to be working well with your horse and will improve quickly if you keep taking advice and practicing. Good luck :)
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-26-2012, 03:46 AM
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It's still like watching a Charlie Chaplin movie. Too fast and short strided.

But your balance has improved and you aren't bracing as much. You still have no clue what to do with your arms though. They're just kind of hanging there, holding your horse back and tugging at the bit in his mouth. Put those hands down to belly button level and relax...

The canter is much better though.. but still you're confused up top. Consider what your arms are doing. Don't forget you have them and just focus on your seat.

Seat IS important.. but hands/arms are important too. You can't do nothing.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"

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post #13 of 16 Old 07-26-2012, 04:04 PM
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Your horse is definitely good looking *want*...

First off, HOW can you ride in shorts?! Whatever you're doing to not get saddle sore, please share!! I'd love to ride in shorts without getting a nastyyy saddle rash.

Ok, actual critique...
You need to stop kicking. I wouldn't want him to go any faster, since his trot is already fast and choppy anyway!
Instead, whenever you feel him break gait into a walk, squeeze with your calves and heels, and if he still doesn't listen to that, then make the kissy noise, and if he still doesn't listen to that, then you can give him a kick in the ribs

AND NOOOOOOOO YOU DON'T NEED SPURS!! HARSHNESS ISN'T THE ANSWER!! YOU'LL END UP WITH A HORSE THAT'S DEAD TO THE LEG!!! Spurs are for lateral movement, not for more encouragement to go forward. Once you and your horse are sidepassing and doing reiner spins, then you can use spurs.

Work on your seat. Bareback or stirrupless riding helps that a lot!!
Like others said, your canter looks much better than your trot. (your canter looks good!)

Work on your leg placement too. There are places where you are depending too much on your stirrups, and there are also places where you are getting chair seated. Remember: Ears, Hips, and Ankles should all be in a straight, vertical line! And heels down!

Remember quiet hands! Your hands are pretty bouncy. Try to keep the reins in one spot when you're not doing anything with them.

I haven't watched your other videos, but from what I read you're making good improvement!
I think with some more work you guys will make a great team
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-26-2012, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Your horse is definitely good looking *want*...

First off, HOW can you ride in shorts?! Whatever you're doing to not get saddle sore, please share!! I'd love to ride in shorts without getting a nastyyy saddle rash.

Ok, actual critique...
You need to stop kicking. I wouldn't want him to go any faster, since his trot is already fast and choppy anyway!
Instead, whenever you feel him break gait into a walk, squeeze with your calves and heels, and if he still doesn't listen to that, then make the kissy noise, and if he still doesn't listen to that, then you can give him a kick in the ribs

AND NOOOOOOOO YOU DON'T NEED SPURS!! HARSHNESS ISN'T THE ANSWER!! YOU'LL END UP WITH A HORSE THAT'S DEAD TO THE LEG!!! Spurs are for lateral movement, not for more encouragement to go forward. Once you and your horse are sidepassing and doing reiner spins, then you can use spurs.

Work on your seat. Bareback or stirrupless riding helps that a lot!!
Like others said, your canter looks much better than your trot. (your canter looks good!)

Work on your leg placement too. There are places where you are depending too much on your stirrups, and there are also places where you are getting chair seated. Remember: Ears, Hips, and Ankles should all be in a straight, vertical line! And heels down!

Remember quiet hands! Your hands are pretty bouncy. Try to keep the reins in one spot when you're not doing anything with them.

I haven't watched your other videos, but from what I read you're making good improvement!
I think with some more work you guys will make a great team
LOL well it's either shorts of jeans right now and my jeans are too tight to where I can't mount from the ground in them and when I ride in jeans I can't feel my legs lol sooo yea for now I will deal with the burn I know my hands are really bad right now. I was more working on my seat and leg, but tonight when I go out I will keep it slow and focus on everything as others have suggested If I remember my camera I will try to get pics of Flash tacked up English
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-01-2012, 03:29 PM
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Well, to me it looks like you need to relax. Your ride looks stiff to me. This stops you from following the motion of his gaits effectively. It's more at the trot than at the canter, it seems. Your legs look a bit too far forward and it looks like you're either bracing against your stirrups A LOT or as Tinyliny said (I believe) you are very stiff through your leg, maybe both. This is causing your whole leg to come off the horse. I'd also like to see you sitting up a bit taller, shoulders back.

Were you trying to post or sit the trot?

I think riding English could be a good thing for you, for a while. I find that (for me personally) Western saddles make it hard for me to keep my leg in the correct position. In an English saddle I think you'll find it easier to keep your legs in the correct position and on the horse.

Good luck and I hope I helped :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-03-2012, 04:45 PM
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Your legs do move around a little too much, put your heels down more and bring your legs in closer to your horses sides. I think your hands look pretty good. Doing good!
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