I feel like my posting looks awkward... *video*

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    12-02-2012, 04:16 PM
I feel like my posting looks awkward... *video*

Maybe it's just me being over critical of myself (which I typically am) but I wanted some other opinions...does my posting look awkward? What can I do to improve it if it looks wrong?
This is one of the best rides I've had with my mare that's a little green, we are working on getting a really solid trot and she's doing awesome

Please be gentle with criticism, I do ask that it be constructive. I realize I'm not show-quality, but keep in mind I've been back in the saddle for a little over a month after not riding for years

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    12-02-2012, 05:05 PM
I think you look good =] You have a really steady lower leg, and soft hands.
    12-02-2012, 05:14 PM
You don't look bad, you just need tuning and you'll look more smooth. First, it looks like you are posting too high and with too much up and down motion. It also doesn't help that the horse looks a less forward moving so that makes posting even more difficult as it's a slower tempo. Try to post more forward and backward and to cushion yourself with your inner thighs when you come down. I could also be totally wrong so someone else might have better advice. :)
    12-02-2012, 08:02 PM
I have to commend you for being able to post at all on a horse going sooooo slowly :P I'm used to big moving, bouncy horses that swing their backs and as such, 'thrust' you out of the saddle.

You are tidy, quiet, gentle elastic hands - if you get on a more lively horse, I'm sure you'll find that your posting looks and feels a lot better.
    12-02-2012, 08:22 PM
I agree with Kayty. I could tell , even by looking only at the still of the video before it started moving, that you were probably on a horse that offers very little to post off of. Becuase, the curve of your lower back and straightness of your arm tells me that you are doing all the work. If horse had more push, you'd do less work.

All in all, your form is pretty good, as the others said. You might try lowering the stirrup one notch to see how that feels, and pick up the pace a bit.

Cute mare!
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    12-02-2012, 08:38 PM
You need to post "smaller." Your crotch should not come up higher than the pommel of your saddle. Easy on slow, smooth horses, way harder on big, bouncy ones. Posting big for a few strides to encourage your horse to move forward is one thing, but consistently posting that big is another.

You also need to bring your shoulders back. You are "perching" on your hands. Your hands need to come up and you need to lean back. You will probably feel like you are leaning too far back at first, but in reality, you probably won't be sitting up straight yet, lol. Perching is my own bad habit. It's hard to overcome, but always remember to keep your shoulders BACK.

Lastly, or rather before you work on anything else, get that horse moving FORWARD. I want to say this is a lesson horse? Great "confidence booster" horse, I'm sure. Steady, smooth, laid back, am I right? See what you can do about getting him to move forward and off your leg. Use ask, tell, demand and get some energy and impulsion in his gait. You may see if your instructor thinks you are ready for a dressage whip or spurs, or at least other ideas to get the horse moving. It will be hard to work on yourself if your horse has no energy.
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    12-02-2012, 09:30 PM
Hi everyone, thanks so much for the advice, I will keep all these pointers in mind!

She's not a lesson horse, she's my horse. I've ridden her For a little over a month. She was started and then sat in the barn for a few months as her previous owner didn't have time for her. I am the one finishing her training. She usually tries to go too fast in the trot and into the canter so I have been trying to get her to slow her trot down and.lower her head, looks like I had her go too slow, oops! She's actually a very nervous, spooky horse.
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    12-02-2012, 09:32 PM
I might also add she is a very high energy horse... she's only 7 it's my fault for making her go so slow.
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    12-02-2012, 09:36 PM
I'd certainly get her moving a lot more forward, particularly if she's spooky. At the moment, if she was going any slower she'd be going backwards, and it's just not productive to anyone.
You want her to be between your aids - in front of your leg, but not running through your hands. Try to find a happy medium, you want to feel that she is carrying your forward without rushing away.
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    12-03-2012, 01:20 PM
Thanks for the tips! I am going.to work on that

Some side questions I have...
Does my seat look ok? Should my legs be further back? Should I lengthen my stirrups? Just looking for other opinions, thanks!
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