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        02-19-2012, 07:22 PM
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    Well, I'm less grumpy with myself, Critique?

    First off: Please do not go off ranting and raving about the curb bit. It's a very mild curb bit, and any pressure I put on the horse was equal to the pressure she put on me to let her run with the bit.

    I was turning her with my legs mostly too. The majority of the pressure on her was to prevent her fron charging ahead.

    Anywho, I felt a bit more comfortable today. I walked and trotted with no stirrups for about 10 minutes prior to these clips.

         
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        02-19-2012, 08:26 PM
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    Foal
    You have a wonderfully quiet leg :) (first thing I noticed)

    You do however have a bit of a chair seat. You're sitting a little too far back in the saddle, and that's causing your leg to be a little too far forward. Ideally your heel should be just under your hip. If you sit a bit more forward and pull your heel back a little (sometimes shortening the stirrups a hole or two aids in correcting this) you'll have a great position.

    On a side note your saddle looked to be sitting a little far back? That might just be my opinion or it might have slid back?
         
        02-19-2012, 08:32 PM
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    It probably slid back a bit, she got a little chargy stupid when I first asked her to canter... took off on 2 legs...
         
        02-19-2012, 08:33 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
    It probably slid back a bit, she got a little chargy stupid when I first asked her to canter... took off on 2 legs...
    Haha oh dear, I know how those days can be :)
         
        02-19-2012, 08:35 PM
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    Originally Posted by yourcolorfuladdiction    
    Haha oh dear, I know how those days can be :)
    Yeah... it was, "Ananananana!!!!!" and then the trot/canter transition for 5 minutes...
         
        02-20-2012, 07:14 PM
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    Le bump....
         
        02-21-2012, 08:21 AM
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    Weanling
    I see more improvement since your last vid :)
    Couple of things I saw -
    About half the time you were posting on the wrong in trot for the direction of your circles
    In the canter, your arms seemed very stiff, and for some of the ride (maybe your longer rein was because of the bit issue) the reins were going slack-tight-slack-tight. I only mention this because my instructor told me off for it once :p
         
        02-21-2012, 10:39 AM
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    Weanling
    I saw improvement too. It looked as if you weren't fighting as much with each other.

    Your position is better. But you are still too far forward. It takes a while to get the correct feel of where your body needs to be. After seven months of riding 3 to 4 times a week, I still creep forward.

    Your hands need to be softer. She is fighting the bouncing of the contact but I noticed at 1:44, for about ten seconds, you had a nice rhythm going. Your hands were very quiet. I'm not sure how much contact you can have with a curb bit. Was there a reason why you switched?

    You're getting there! Just keep working.
         
        02-22-2012, 06:09 PM
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    Originally Posted by BaileyJo    
    I saw improvement too. It looked as if you weren't fighting as much with each other.

    Your position is better. But you are still too far forward. It takes a while to get the correct feel of where your body needs to be. After seven months of riding 3 to 4 times a week, I still creep forward.

    Your hands need to be softer. She is fighting the bouncing of the contact but I noticed at 1:44, for about ten seconds, you had a nice rhythm going. Your hands were very quiet. I'm not sure how much contact you can have with a curb bit. Was there a reason why you switched?

    You're getting there! Just keep working.

    I agree with Bailey completely. I saw beautiful quiet hands, nice seat, forward horse for about 10 seconds, and then she went back to jerking her head up which made her look like she was bracing in her back and not being very comfortable.

    You have gotten better with your posting though! I also agree that your position seems to be off, and I'm guessing it's from the saddle. Make sure it's level when you have weight in it too and that it going to stay where it's at. Sometimes switching the girth type or reflocking (if you can, which means stuffing the saddle with more wool or taking some out to shape it to the horse.)

    Can you get a picture or video of your feet completely out of the stirrups, just drooping down, so we can see your position then? It'd help.

    Watch those leads at the canter, and make sure you aren't leaning into the circle/middle.. stay with your outside seat bone to keep her from falling in (along with support from your inside leg and rein if necessary.) Same with trotting.. she needs more support which is why she's tipping into the turns and not nice and straight.

    I'll keep my mouth shut about the curb except to say I think she needs more direction from your hands as they help to support the shoulder and encourage her to soften, and she's not getting that right now..

    Keep on trucking!
         
        02-22-2012, 11:29 PM
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    Foal
    She is uncomfortable because of your inconsistant contact. What are your plans with this horse, it will help to give a better dircted crtique. You are posting on the wrong diagonal which makes your horse unbalanced. You are centerd nicely so that is a great help to her. You also do have a chair seat and should maybe do some work with out stirrups to help encourage your leg to stay underneath you. I know you said not to mention the bit, but I think that your horse would be happier with more consistant contact and direction from you and you will NOT ever achieve this with a curb bit, it isn't what they are meant for, no matter how mild (Sorry)
         

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