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    06-27-2012, 12:35 AM
Critique me please.

So from last weeks videos of me bouncing around like a mad woman in the saddle I think I've made some progress. I know my legs are still all over the place, but I am focusing my seat for now.


Canter-I know need the most help lol
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    06-27-2012, 01:15 AM
Can you get anyone to lunge while you focus on gaining your seat? Without having to worry about steering or even maintaining gait, you can just close your eyes and really build your strength and rhythm. My favorite way to teach it, anyhow... Good luck!
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    06-27-2012, 01:18 AM
Originally Posted by hemms    
Can you get anyone to lunge while you focus on gaining your seat? Without having to worry about steering or even maintaining gait, you can just close your eyes and really build your strength and rhythm. My favorite way to teach it, anyhow... Good luck!
No I don't actually. I'm super happy though at my improvement from just a few days of getting back into riding
    06-27-2012, 02:39 AM
I thought you looked good ...But than again I am just getting back in the past few days as well lol! Just keep at it and your bound to improve!!
    06-27-2012, 04:19 AM
Your horse is not really reaching under himself at the trot.. it's very short and choppy and then he's rushing so you're having a heck of a time to keep up with him at the rising or the sitting trot (I couldn't actually tell which one you were doing..)

Slowwwwwwwwwww himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm dowwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnn

Think about your body. Make sure he isn't just rushing through everything.. take your time.. speed comes after he can actually get working properly. There isn't any lameness or tightness/stiffness in his hind, right?

Also he's bracing and tight the entire time. You need to work on getting him loose, or you won't get any kind of improvement. Plus it can be damaging if he's bracing those muscles because they will tear and will take longer to heal.

Going to post a separate one about the cantering.
    06-27-2012, 04:22 AM
Okay.. you are stiff as a board, you are bracing, your horse is bracing. Thus the serious air and slamming down. If that horse spooks, you will get seriously seriously hurt.

Honestly I would not canter this horse until you loosen up at your trot and get that under control.

This is a disaster waiting to happen!

Work on your seat and your horse at the walk and trot. Once you can do that properly, the canter will be so much easier. You need to looooosen up.

Keep posting videos of your progress so I can keep an eye on you!
    06-27-2012, 05:29 AM
I see a lot of improvement! As Sky said, you need to slow it down. Your stirrups should go up a notch & get legs back. Best exercise for you is to work at the walk, use your seat, body weight & hands to get your horse to lengthen his stride then when you got him doing that collect the walk to get him to compress his stride. After that, do it at the jog, then the lope. Good luck!
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    06-27-2012, 05:07 PM
Me and the horse are still new to each other. I lease him from a woman I became friends with. Her daughter rides him, but just gets on and goes. She doesn't post on him she just stands up in the saddle and runs him... He is bombproof thank god lol he does rush and I do try to slow him down, but he is always trying to go go go!!! He loves to run! As for cantering I only did it that once to get video, I am sticking with trot for now. Any tips for me to loosen up? I know my stirrups need to go up more, but that is not my saddle and I didn't want to mess with it. I will move them up a hole when I go out tomorrow night. How do I work on loosening him up? I know once I loosen up it will help him to do so also, but is there anything I can do specifically to help him?
    06-27-2012, 05:36 PM
Well, I see improvement from that first video you posted. Wans't that the one where the saddle slipped and you got dumped? Or am I misremembering?

I see what the others see,. More or less;

You should probalby not canter much yet, you are in danger of falling off at this point because your seat is just too precarious right now at canter.

Definintely take the stirrups up a notch.

At the trot, you are very braced in your leg. See how there is total air under your leg from almost mid thigh downward? Even your knee is almost off the saddle. You are resisting the horse by making yourslef "strong!"
Make yourself weak. Make your legs just drip down the sides of that horse. Pretend you have no sensation in your legs, like you are a paraplegic. You must ride from your seat only, since your legs cannot grip.
Of course, while you are posting, your legs do work and they have feeling, but they just are soft and like springs. Think of pushing softely down into the ground, PAST the stirrup, when you post, with your knee bent, ankle bent. IF you start getting a lot of air between your knee and ankle , you are bracing and coming off the horse.
Once you feel a bit more secure by balance over your leg, instead of brace, you can post slower than your horse wants to go. This will make him slow down to meet you, without so much pull on the reins.

AS for canter, you must really be free with the lower part of the body and cannot brace your lower back at all.
Can you sit on a swing and swing on it , without holding onto the rope/chain part? You have to keep your upper body uprgith , while allowing your pelvis to follow and move with that swing. You ride YOUR pelvis, while it rides the hrose/swing.
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    06-29-2012, 02:14 AM
Thanks for all the input guys. I went out tonight and relaxed my whole body and wow. What a difference. I had to check my horse to make sure he was trotting and not walking because it was so natural and flowing and well...easy. I cantered as well and didn't even have to hold the horn for support. =) I will def. Get some video up probably next week for you all to see the difference! I didn't even realize how tense I was until I told myself to relax. Now how do I work on getting a solid leg?
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