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    07-14-2014, 04:53 PM
Upper body part 2


I did some grids today. It's 3 passes through the first grid, 2 passed through the next grid and then just a little cantering to see how balanced I was in my light seat. I put the first pass in just to show how out of sync I started. I still see mucho tightness in my hips, but the overall collapsing is what I was working on today. Any better? Sorry about the first part looking downhill. Silly chairs don't work well as tripods.
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    07-14-2014, 10:38 PM
You are so on the right track! You just need to Loosen those hips and change your balance a little more. Imagine you have those little plastic googly eyes on your butt, have those eyes look behind you.

When you go over the jump, don't think of leaning forward or standing up, think of pushing your hips back and looking behind you with your googly eyes while giving with your hand.

I already see improvement from the last video! Great job!
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    07-14-2014, 11:00 PM
Googly eyes~~~~!!!!
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    07-15-2014, 03:11 AM
I couldn't get your videos on the other thread to work for me, but this one does!

I'm just noticing your heels popping up, and your knees pinching.
I LOVE what gypsygirl said about the googly eyes! Definitely keep that in mind, that should help quite a bit I think.

For your heels and knees, make sure you are sinking into those heels. George Morris says "sink, don't sit." Think of letting those heels bounce downwards for every stride your boy takes. The lift in your jump shouldn't come from standing on your toes or pinching your knees. I honestly think your biggest help will be sinking into those heels, along with the googly-eye image.

I know I say this to you all the time, and we've established that our horses are twins, but I'll remind you again; I love your horse
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    07-15-2014, 12:51 PM
Googly eyes! Love it. I totally forgot about the hip bones looking out the back door. I caught myself anticipating the jump and just decided to make this one about waiting instead of trying to do it for him. I will add my goggly eyes next time!

Xjumperx, I have no problems at all with your completely unbiased love of dark bay TB geldings.

Thanks guys!
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    07-21-2014, 09:47 PM

Okay, here's the latest. Today's focus was on goggly eyes. I know the heels still suck. I was actually dumbfounded when I watched this. Every single jump felt different and felt like my horse was jumping weird, when it actually looks pretty good. I'm thinking the first 3 were still ahead and the last 3 were more in the ballpark. By the way, how is our overall tempo in these? Would I be able to get around a BN course within the time limit, or still need a little more forward?
    07-21-2014, 11:15 PM
Wow! So much improvement! ! !

I think for beginner novice you look at a pretty good pace, maybe a little more forward though! Especially for xc.
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    07-21-2014, 11:49 PM
I want your horse!!!!

He's such a great guy. He goes for each fence with the same effort as the last one. That's good! And you look better. Somehow, it's as if your horse feels more at ease because you are minding YOUR business, and he's free to mind HIS business, and he likes that. Even getting a bit lazy about it, but not resentful, not sucking back , not filling in for you. This is more of a partnership; each doing HIS/ HER part.

I love the way you keep trying with a positive attitude, inch by inch! Cheers!
    07-22-2014, 03:15 PM
Great job! Everything looks mostly good. Your shoulders seem a bit rounded, though. Think shoulders back, to keep your back flat. Try to keep your elbows at your sides (I don't mean "don't release", just try to not let your elbows go out as chicken wings). Sorry if that didn't make sense. :/ Besides that, your horse looks like a relaxed, consistent guy, which is good. Overall, nice job! Keep up the good work!
    07-22-2014, 06:01 PM
Thanks guys. Glad to hear I am back on track. It had really gotten away from me in the past year or so and needed to be fixed. I still am dumbfounded. All those jumps felt so different yesterday. I would have sworn we got a different distance every time and he felt funny on most of them. I drove home from the barn thinking there would be nothing useful to show. Instead they all look the same. It's amazing what we feel and what it really is.

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