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    02-26-2011, 06:30 PM
Smile Tips, advice, critique!

Basically what I am asking is for your opinions, advice... watch the video and critique! I don't mind harsh critiques because I am far from perfect... ouf, especially at the canter just now, so write away! Just no rude comments please.

This is basically a video of my lesson today. I stopped riding regularly (every 2 weeks) in November, took a lesson before Christmas during my break, and another one right before going back to school in January. SO this is me riding for the first time in a month and a half. My trot was good, though I noticed I was sometimes leaning too forward and (well I think), I should sit straighter up (and shoulders back). Maybe less in these clips but in others I am for sure more forward then what you see in the beginning of this video.

I was also riding a new horse today! (my trainer changes my ride every few lessons). She is a TB called Coco (short for coconut :). She listens well and I love her typical thoroughbred bumpy trot. Though I had trouble controlling her at the canter because my balance was a little iffy today. I have been working on the sitting canter for a while so my trainer decided it was time I worked on 2 point (so I can start jumping). My two point though was pretty bad and my trainer wasn't satisfied with it, though next lesson we will work on it more. I didn't put too much of me cantering because most of videos were pretty pathetic! Lol.

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    02-26-2011, 06:35 PM
This is Coco a little over a year ago at a jumper competition. She is amazing in the hands of an experienced rider and I can't wait to actually be able to ride her like that one day!!/video/video.php?v=68359650383&oid=27706368541

I hope this link works. (crossed fingers) it's on facebook but my stable let's anyone see their member page and videos.
    02-26-2011, 07:41 PM
Bumping this...
    02-26-2011, 07:54 PM
I don't think your leaning forward as bad as you said you were, maybe just shoulders back a little more. I also noticed your hands are moving around a bit, try to keep them steady but not so much that you look tense. & you have "piano hands", keep your thumbs on top, imagine you're holding a cup in each hand. :)
    02-26-2011, 07:57 PM
Thanks for the advice! Ya usually my hands are a lot more still, but I have more trouble on bumpy horses. ;) Hopefully I can get those nice still hands again after a few more rides. :)

And loove your avatar (i think that is what it's called) KAwaiiCharlie! The sky is beautiful! :)
    02-26-2011, 08:00 PM
Haha I can imagine its hard considering you don't ride that often. Keep trying :) you look pretty good.

& thank you :) that's Phee, an old pony I used to look after. She's been sold now :( I think she was around 25-30yrs old, but still had plenty of "get up and go" in her lol she was quite happy to gallop around with all the thoroughbreds at our yard. Bless her (:
    02-26-2011, 08:40 PM
& thank you :) that's Phee, an old pony I used to look after. She's been sold now :( I think she was around 25-30yrs old, but still had plenty of "get up and go" in her lol she was quite happy to gallop around with all the thoroughbreds at our yard. Bless her (:
aww. :) I love old horses who still have that Ferrari gear on them!
    02-26-2011, 08:49 PM
No one could critique you as hard or as well as you did yourself. I think you ride pretty well. You're just tense there, and out of shape in the muslces you need to bemore stable. Yeah , hands need to be quieter but you know, once you can ride more, that will all fall in place, even the canter. You are just worried and tense and not flowing With the horse.
Not to worry, you have a great base and will be doing so well once you have the muscles to support you.
What was the music iwth that video? I liked it.
    02-26-2011, 09:10 PM
It was Mika, um... I would have to get the name of the song... I don't remember. :)

You are just worried and tense and not flowing With the horse.
YEees... I have to flow more with the horse, but when I am on I feel like I might fall. Hopefully I'll get over that phobia.
    02-26-2011, 11:56 PM
Bumping :)

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