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    04-10-2012, 08:44 PM

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    04-11-2012, 03:34 PM
Ok, so I definitely noticed I'm looking down a lot. Well, at least my instructor is coming out tonight. Should I go with Cooper- my more confident mount or go for Aidan who I am so-so on confidence with?
    04-11-2012, 03:52 PM

REgarding the white horse. His conformation will predispose him to run on his forehand, so you have to work to make him lift up his head a bit and push more from behind. I can see that he is really barging down and leaning on the bit.
YOu have to not tolerate that. Every time he leans hard on the bit, pull on ONE rein , upward , not backward, to break up that lean. Even if he turns in a tight circle, get him to stop leaning. When he lifts his own head , then release your pressure on the rein and ask him to move forward. He will probably take the pull right back and lean again. Go back to breaking up that lean. Say "carry your own head" in your mind. AFte a bit, he will feel the one rein pressure on his mouth, anticipate that you are going to pull him out of this brace he has, and he will soften and lift up his head by himself. Just be looking for that and be sure to reward it with some softening of your own. You wont hang on the reins as long as he "carries his own head".
Close you hands on the reins, too. And check the bridle. It looks like the browband is too short and is pulling the cheek pieces too close to his eye.
    04-11-2012, 05:04 PM
Tiny, you know what's funny? He pulls less than my pinto. Way less. They are both heavy on the forehand. I'm going to post a horrid video. Please don't critique me on this one, ITS BAD! But please watch my paint. I am in his mouth quite a bit and know this. But even when im not, he's gotten into this bad habit... Just to give you an idea of how he does it. And this wasnt even him on his bad day. I sure was a bad day for both of us though, he hadnt been ridden in months.

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    04-11-2012, 05:08 PM
And.. my first time riding the grey (right before I bought him). I really hope I didn't ruin him. My instructor is coming out at 6 tonight.
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    04-11-2012, 09:21 PM
Come on guys... I've never posted videos of myself riding. Ever. Tips?
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    04-11-2012, 11:08 PM
Sorry dear I've been studying!

Regarding your first first...It looks like your knee is too far forward so that kind of tells me that your stirrups may be too short. Maybe drop them a hole?

Also your horse is flicking his tail around a lot maybe he's being bitten by flies.. maybe that's interfering with how he uses his feet?

You could bring your shoulders back more and downward, relax.. you seem kind of stiff at some places where you could be looser.

But looking at your video you ride really well. I love how soft you post and you aren't too stiff with your hands, though you should practice having elastic elbows instead of bringing your hands with you when you post. The reins could be a touch shorter as they kind of whack her neck a bit but they'd be nice for low and low.

I think your lower leg needs some work. I saw where your horse thought about slowing down and you lost your rhythm. Does your horse understand going down with the bit instead of popping his head up? (I apologize if your horse is a mare!) I think it's just a case of confusion which will take some time to work on.

At the end there when you transitioned to a walk it looked pretty good so I think you just need to keep working on those things I mentioned above. You looked a little hesitant when you were riding, not comfortable. I really think dropping the stirrups a hole would help.

But good work :) Do you have anything recent?

Going to look at the second video. Oh! Also watch those hands. thumbs on top palms facing the neck. Supple wrists, elastic elbows.

Yikes.. you were doing a great job riding that out. If I were on, though, I would have tightened my abs and pulled one rein really hard upward, and really bumped (not a kick, but something that would envoke a surge of power forward) that horse on the opposite side with my leg. If the mare stopped yanking down, I would give back just a little on the reins and keep my legs quiet.

I don't think you ruined her, I just think she's being a porker. What has your instructor said about this?

And just so you know, Sky pulled that crap on me too. Just more leg and warn them when one rein hard upward.

Watching the rest...

But here, work on those things mentioned above. I'll bold them for you since I wrote a great wall of China.
    04-11-2012, 11:20 PM
Okay.. I'm seeing why this problem is happening for your Paint mare. Watch the first bit of it. Your hands are fairly steady at first but then they get loud and start popping her in her mouth. So she pops up slightly and then barrels down to take the reins and contact away from you. Then she's like "Hey!!! I can steal rein, nothing is stopping me!" so she keeps on doing it and thus you have the classic rein stealer.. Keeping your thumbs on top will help keep your rein, as well as contracting your abs. Abs are important for riding as I'm sure you know!

I bet if you work on quieter hands and more leg, she'll settle down and stop pulling. Elastic elbows will help too :) It's all good, we've all been there. That's also why the grey guy was quieter at the walk, your hands were quieter at the walk.

I hope you see it too, and I know that's easy to work with. :)

Same suggestion for dropping those stirrups a hole and try not to post from the stirrups. Post from your horse's momentum. Let them bring you up and slowly bring yourself down. It'll ache your inner thighs for awhile most likely but it'll help improve your balance and seat too.

Over all I like what I'm seeing, you just need a few tweaks like we all do :)

I hope I helped.
    04-11-2012, 11:31 PM
You were definitely more together and relaxed with the gray horse. I agree that for both videos, your stirrups were too short. I'd lengthen them a hole or two; too short of a leg can make it very difficult to grip correctly with your legs (calf & thigh vs. knee). Since the focus is on you and the paint, I'll talk about that video now. Although the idea of keeping the reins long and giving him his head is kind, the way it's being done isn't all too correct. You need to pick up more of a contact (maybe go up two stoppers on the reins) and keep your hands closed firmly but forgivingly with your thumbs on top, not to the side. Elbows should be bent slightly and most of the motion should come from there. With your hands and reins so loose, your horse is feeling it every time you post. Even though you're not pulling on his mouth, per say, you are tightening the reins and giving slight pressure, which he can feel. This is making him pretty confused - he doesn't know whether you're asking him to slow down, stop, or turn, or whether he should slow down because it feels like you're losing your balance. Overall, you need to be confident but forgiving, not so kind and cautious that your aids are confusing, like they are now. So: shorten up the reins and lengthen the stirrups, give from your elbows but keep your shoulders back, and ride with confidence! Keep your gentle posting, but make sure it's definitive and in time - horses will slow down or speed up with the pace of your posts, or become confused if it feels like you're unsure and off balance.
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    04-11-2012, 11:33 PM
Skyseternalangel is right, the paint is just buffaloing you cause your a bit unstable in your seat. I don't know why but these really help me fix my seat problems!
I've posted them a few other places on here and they have really helped some other people.

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