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post #1 of 9 Old 03-31-2009, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Video Critique~Canter Left

Hi, just looking for some critique on a video of a canter. Not a great quality video. My apologies for my trainer in the background. I know my position is pretty awful here, I am def out of shape from a winter of recovering and no riding. The horse is off the track, so very green unless it comes to running.


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post #2 of 9 Old 03-31-2009, 02:09 PM
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Did you want critique on the horse, you, or you guys as a pair? =)

I couldn't play the video with sound, but from what I saw ya need to get in touch with your seat! I couldn't tell if ya were trying to post the canter, two point, or ride it out, lol! Your knee was rocking quite a bit too, which leads me to believe you're putting too much weight into the ball of your foot, and not enough into the grip with your knees. There also seemed to be a bit of resistence from Belle. It almost looked like she was short striding her canter, and her nose kept bopping out every so often. I don't know how else to describe it.. so i hope the term "resistence" makes sense. She looked a hair on the agitated and stiff side. Not on the supple and willing side.

I hope i didn't miss something for playing this video without sound. Im at work at the moment and can't play with sound =/

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thanks for the critique...shes a baby so just trying to stay off her back...this is also the first time since october that I really got to ride due to an injury, so after 2 hrs there was no way I could support myself with anything other than my irons unfortunately.
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When i was making my first post I did see that you said you were starting up riding for the Spring, thats why i figured you were using the irons more than your thighs/knees =) I always feel super wonky the first time getting back on after a season of easy riding.

She is a very cute little mare! And good on you for working with an OTTB, i hope to get one eventually =) Its nice to know she found a good home when her track days were over!

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I love your instructors voice for some reason, I don't know I'm kinda weird.
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Sitting on a "baby"'s back is going to do no harm, however bouncing off it every stride will.
You're stiff, completely braced against her movement, your leg is swinging and your hand is cemented in one place.
If I was your coach you would be in a dressage saddle with no stirrups or reins on a lunge line learning how to be soft. Our horse's are mirrors of us, so when the rider is so stiff and unbalanced in the tack, the horse is going to be too. It is because of this I can't really say too much about the mare other than she seems to have a good work ethic.

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I've been working on improving my OTTB's canter too, (not sure if she's your personal horse or not but nevertheless...) and as my trainer says, "to better the canter, work the trot." In 2 months of training with Gracie, I've cantered her a full time around the ring twice, and my trainer rode her three times working on the canter. I'll let her canter off after a jump down the rail, and that's it. We basically just work on bending, balance, and moving up through her back at the walk and trot. Backtracking a little, when I decided to buy Gracie I obviously cantered her a few times, and the difference between that canter and the feeling of her cantering after a crossrail this week is a jillion times different!

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I agree that you are bouncing around up there. You need to decide what you want to do. If you want to stay off her back, go ahead and do that. It's not a bad idea, because it should encourage her to go more forward. But make sure that you are actually OFF her back instead of hitting the saddle each and every stride. The reason your leg is moving backwards and forwards is because you aren't just hitting the saddle with the movement of the stride, you are actually sliding IN the saddle before you're up out of it again. Also, be giving with your hand. Especially if she is young and green. Youve got a reall hard and immobile connection with her mouth; be soft and forgiving with it instead and encourage her to seek the contact, instead of trying to get away from it

and just as a side note, its not incredibly bright to ride for a long period of time if you're recovering from an injury. It's not fair to you, your body, or the horse, who has to put up with the unbalance. Instead, try riding a good solid 20-25 minutes and be done with it while you build up your strength again
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Sitting on a "baby"'s back is going to do no harm, however bouncing off it every stride will.
You're stiff, completely braced against her movement, your leg is swinging and your hand is cemented in one place.
If I was your coach you would be in a dressage saddle with no stirrups or reins on a lunge line learning how to be soft. Our horse's are mirrors of us, so when the rider is so stiff and unbalanced in the tack, the horse is going to be too. It is because of this I can't really say too much about the mare other than she seems to have a good work ethic.

Good Luck!
I agree Anebel.

I see a very stiff rider - holding her horses face with her hands and not stable in the saddle.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with going on the lunge line - I do it, many around here do it.....even GP riders go on the lunge. The Spanish Riding School - they are on the lunge line for a year with no reins.

You gain so much by being on the lunge line - and I am sure your coach would work with you.

You need to fine tune your seat, your legs. Estabishing balance and lower body strength. You need to learn to use your seat to control rhythm and tempo and your legs to aid your seat.

All this, your coach should beable to show you, work with you and help you with.

In the video, I see really stiff arms, really stiff shoulders and elbows. I see a rider holding the horses face. Right now, you are riding front first - understandably that you don't want to sit on your babies back.

I would do allot of work at the walk and trot. Work on balance, straitness, rhythm, riding back to front.

My Coach says, if you cannot do it at a walk, you have no business doing it at the trot. If you cannot do it at the trot, you have no business doing it at the canter.

Take your time - as already stated, You only know as much as your coach. And your horse only knows as much as you.

Our horses reflect us.

She is a beautiful mare, and the both of you have allot of potential - but I would be focusing on yourself first and really work on your solidity in the saddle before transferring that to your lovely baby girl.
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