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    10-23-2012, 10:50 PM
  #11
Yearling
I'm no good for critique...

However, there is a really nice thread here about finding a fitting saddle. This thread might help you if anything is amiss: http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...lly-fit-58116/
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    10-23-2012, 10:57 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Ok, very brave of you for posting a vid! I can hardly watch myself!!! Haha!

There was two things that really stood out to me:
1. Your feet are driven way home in your stirrups, I noticed you wriggling one out during the vid. Try to keep the ball of your foot in the stirrup....no more. Why? Because now that the ball of your foot is in the right place you can push that heel down, which in turn will seat you better. I could see during the vid that there were instances of your leg sitting well with that heel down. And at other times you were tipping forward because your foot was driven into the stirrup so your heel popped up and tipped you forward.....creating a balance issue.....
2. Balance. Your balance is a little on and off (stirrup heel issue fixed, will help immensely) I have been exactly where you are! The horse is green for sure. However I think you could really help her balance and your own balance out quite a bit by, slowing down. Everything looked too fast, loose and jarring. Slow every stride down and focus on developing some more softness and slowness. It will make everything so much easier for you to think about while riding.

I couldn't see your saddle position too clearly, but just check its not sitting too far forward.....

I think your mare is getting a little antsy because it's hard for her to do all your asking and maintain some balance....it's hard work for her.

Jogging slow circles and spiraling down to the middle and back out a again really helps with balance, for yourself and your horse.

All the best
Thank you very very much for the tactfully worded reply. . And yes ,I knew i'd be bombarded with responses. But that's what I asked for . Lol

Great tips. And I did end up bringing my stirrups up one hole to try and work on keeping my balls of feet in stirrups and heels down. Grrrrrrr It's getting frustrating . She is a great girl and I know that there is so much potential there. At the moment I don't have an instructor working with me right now. . Since I needed the last year just to start her. She really does try hard though. We both are .

I will definitely take your suggestions and use them next time I'm out. Back to the basics and slow it down. Get my balance and keep me off her back...moving with her.

Thank you for your feedback .Much appreciated !!
Julie
     
    10-23-2012, 11:04 PM
  #13
Super Moderator
I completely agre with your fist responder. It IS your riding. And good for you for being so sensitive to know that somewthing wasnt' right, and being willing to post that video for critique.

This horse might be a whole 'nother ballgame from what you are used to. If she had big movment, it'll take a lot more strength and balance for you to stay with that movement. As someone said, you are falling behind the motion a lot, and ending up bopping her inthe back. This is due to you not being up and over your lower leg, as a base of support. Look at the parts of teh vide where you are in slow motion. You will see your lower leg moving all around, and you'll see a real bounce when you hit the saddle.

I would look into that saddle, too. It's possible that the blanace of it is encourage the chair seat and the behind the motion problems (which are less evident when you sit down, such as at canter). Look into the fit and balance of the saddle, and look into taking some lessons.

Your mare is a lovely horse and I can see she has a ton of potential, and you do too.
     
    10-23-2012, 11:08 PM
  #14
Weanling
I noticed everything the other posters said.
As for balance and learning where your leg should be, I have found out that practicing standing in your stirrups and 2-point while walking and trotting have really helped.

2-point shows you where your legs should be and it helps build those muscles you really need to support yourself while jumping.

Standing in the stirrups is impossible if your leg is not in the right position. I find it easier after I have done some 2-point.

My instructor has me doing those two things plus no-stirrup work to help with my balance and gaining muscles for holding my position while jumping. I will hold the 2-point for as long as I possibly can until my legs are shaking and I am ready to cry. It has really helped with my position. If you decide to try it out, make sure you are squeezing your shoulders back, keep your back straight, engage your core and sink those heels down.

I am by no means a pro, so if I said something that is wrong - please feel to correct me!
     
    10-23-2012, 11:12 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I can see what you mean about the saddle pushing your legs away. That would make riding her even harder.

So considering what you've been up against... Kudos to you :) She looks fun to ride to me.
     
    10-23-2012, 11:15 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I completely agre with your fist responder. It IS your riding. And good for you for being so sensitive to know that somewthing wasnt' right, and being willing to post that video for critique.

This horse might be a whole 'nother ballgame from what you are used to. If she had big movment, it'll take a lot more strength and balance for you to stay with that movement. As someone said, you are falling behind the motion a lot, and ending up bopping her inthe back. This is due to you not being up and over your lower leg, as a base of support. Look at the parts of teh vide where you are in slow motion. You will see your lower leg moving all around, and you'll see a real bounce when you hit the saddle.

I would look into that saddle, too. It's possible that the blanace of it is encourage the chair seat and the behind the motion problems (which are less evident when you sit down, such as at canter). Look into the fit and balance of the saddle, and look into taking some lessons.

Your mare is a lovely horse and I can see she has a ton of potential, and you do too.
heheheheee.. thanx tiny. Yes, I totally agree. I really need to build up my strength and learn to work with her big movement. She has to be the bounciest horse I've ever ridden.. but I chose to buy her because of her temperament and she deserves to be happy ...finally. .She had a rough past...and over the past 7 months she learned to trust people again.

I want her to enjoy her time with me and not make her uncomfortable in any way. I'll be taking a few steps back and getting a good coach.

Thanks so much :)
Julie & Misty
     
    10-23-2012, 11:20 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by boots    
I can see what you mean about the saddle pushing your legs away. That would make riding her even harder.

So considering what you've been up against... Kudos to you :) She looks fun to ride to me.
awwwwww thank you boots
You know ...for the past couple of months I've been riding her bareback and I KNOW she was much happier and I no choice but to move with her ... it was actually a lot more comfy for both :) I have to find the right saddle ....it's been hard to get a saddle that fits a draft cross though .

Ah well - everything takes time. I have some of that. . And learning all these things is all part about owning your own horse.

Thanks for your feedback ! Maybe I'll post another video in a few months (or more) It will be a much happier horse I'm riding

Julie & Misty :)
     
    10-23-2012, 11:22 PM
  #18
Banned
Julie - I sure wish you the best! You are so receptive to critique and willing to learn and improve! I like that! (I'm somewhat the same when it comes to riding! - just the other week I was loping around the arena at a frantic pace and I started yelling out to the 12 year old at the other end ' I should know this! But am I on the right lead!' - turns out my horse was crossfiring and then four beating...it was like riding a washing machine on steroids!!! But not too proud to ask the twelve year old who's probably had more riding lessons in one year than I have had in a whole lifetime! )
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    10-23-2012, 11:32 PM
  #19
Trained
I think everything has been covered, I just wanted to jump in and say she is beautiful, and moves so nicely in the free schooling section, once you get up to speed you guys will be a fantastic team.
     
    10-23-2012, 11:35 PM
  #20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CowboysDream    
I noticed everything the other posters said.
As for balance and learning where your leg should be, I have found out that practicing standing in your stirrups and 2-point while walking and trotting have really helped.

2-point shows you where your legs should be and it helps build those muscles you really need to support yourself while jumping.

Standing in the stirrups is impossible if your leg is not in the right position. I find it easier after I have done some 2-point.

My instructor has me doing those two things plus no-stirrup work to help with my balance and gaining muscles for holding my position while jumping. I will hold the 2-point for as long as I possibly can until my legs are shaking and I am ready to cry. It has really helped with my position. If you decide to try it out, make sure you are squeezing your shoulders back, keep your back straight, engage your core and sink those heels down.

I am by no means a pro, so if I said something that is wrong - please feel to correct me!
Hi Dream,
Yeah. I think I'll leave out the jumping for now. She just seemed so excited to jump ...she always goes to the jumps on her own if they're out when she's free lunging.
Before I found the treeless saddle -that she wore in the vid - I was riding her bareback...and I know that she was much more comfy and her ears were UP. :) I guess I was thinking that treeless would be more 'humane' but not if it's puttin me in a bad position and I'm banging on her back all the time. Lol
I love Kijiji ...someone will grab it up ;)

Thank you for the advice and I'll be working more on my non stirrup work at a slower pace and shopping for a new saddle -that fits her right .

:) Julie
     

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