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    02-21-2011, 03:02 PM
Welsh Cob Video Critique

Not the greatest quality video... but from what you can see, what do you think of me and the pony?

We were doing just a little haunches in at the start of the second video, can you see it?

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    02-21-2011, 03:02 PM
Nope, I can't see it. Can you copy and paste the URL from the YouTube page?
    02-21-2011, 03:04 PM
Fixed it... just had to fiddle a smidge.
    02-21-2011, 03:08 PM
You guys look great together, I love his gaits--they're nice and slow, and he's not begging to go faster. Now that you mention it I can see the haunches-in, but I wouldn't have seen it if you hadn't pointed it out. Loosen up a bit, you look tense. He's cute
    02-21-2011, 03:09 PM
You seem really good so far! I love your movement at the canter.

But, your arms seem too straight. Your elbows should have more of a bend in them.

And your heels should be pushed down more consistently, especially in the second video, where your toes were pushed down. It's kind of hard to tell but I would shorten your stirrups maybe a notch, as it seems that (especially when you don't have your heels down) they are slipping off your foot. Also, your leg position seems to stray further back behind the girth than it should. I would work on riding without stirrups to help strengthen your legs.

You also seem a little stiff to me. Remember to relax, breathe, and smile!
    02-21-2011, 04:03 PM

I was wondering if I didn't see a little bit of fourbeat canter in the first video. She canters a little like a gaited horse . Anyway, what I mean is that the canter lacked a bit in impulsion. YOu sit the canter very well.

In the second video I couln't quite see the haunches in. To be honest, I don't see a bend in the mare at all.
I also saw that toes down in the last video. I get the feeling that you are not letting your energy down all the way into your lower leg and foot. You kind of ride really lightly on your thigh and seat, which is great (fantastic sitting trot), but your lower leg reads as ineffective and this may have something to do with why you don't have as much bend as is needed.

Your hands are sympathetic and steady, head up nicely and upright upperbody.
    02-21-2011, 08:18 PM
Cinder, perhaps I should have mentioned that I am riding dressage? My instructor has actually told me to keep my legs a little farther behind the girth than I would otherwise. I will admit however that my leg position is far from perfect... it's something that I have always struggled with and am continuing to work to improve.

Tinyliny... she does have a mini canter there. We can do better, but we ran out of daylight before I could really get her where I wanted her. Panache does tend to be fairly resistant with most bending, but at the beginning of the second video as we're going down the long side if you watch her outside hind leg I believe that it is reaching a little more across and under her... so it may be the very beginnings of a haunches in.

We have some suppling work to do. Unfortunately I only get to ride her every two or three weeks if I'm lucky.
    02-21-2011, 08:42 PM
That makes sense then, haha.

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