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post #11 of 18 Old 03-20-2009, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for the comments! The horse I'm riding is Stevie, a 7 year old OTTB that I'm share boarding from my trainer. This isn't a particularly great video, as I was nervous about riding outside, and she was picking up on it. She usually has a very big trot, which is what has helped me. She was being extremely forward for most of my ride, and I was continuously half halting her and changing things up to get a response from her. In everyone's opinions.........am I ready to do an adult beginner walk/trot class at a local schooling show on April 11th? That's 3 weeks from now, and I am riding 3-5 days a week between now and then. I am going to take all the comments to heart, and work on everything mentioned. Any other suggestions are more than welcome!
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post #12 of 18 Old 03-21-2009, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Bumpity bump. Advice? Good? Bad? Anything?
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-21-2009, 05:01 PM
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Okay, so here is what I saw:

-Pause at 0.08. Your hands look high, turned in, and your left hand looks like it is coming back to your hip. Like Morgan mentioned, try and keep your hands quiet.

-It looks like you were bumping her with your leg when you come around that turn (after 0.08) but still getting her in the mouth.

-Now that you said you moved your stirrup up a notch, I think your leg will be a bit quieter. It looked likewhen you would rise, your foot would go out in front of you. My suggestion would have been to pick up your stirrup a hole, but you already did that :)

-Your posting looks a bit forced, but I think that is because of the stirrup issue.


I would say go for the show. It can't hurt and I think you would have fun with it.
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post #14 of 18 Old 03-21-2009, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Spastic. I do have a cast almost to my elbow on my left arm, so that might have something to do with why my left arm looks funny. I am definitely trying to work on relaxing my seat and keeping my legs and hands quieter. Thanks!
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-22-2009, 04:04 PM
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Wendy you are doing AWESOME!! And esp. for the pace of your horse, he is a little speed trotter My only suggestion would be to hold your hands up and a little closer together - I only say that because I used to hold mine that exact way too and my trainer told me to put them closer together! - Although with a cast on your arm, that may make things difficult right now!!

As for the balance issues and cast that you've had to deal with, I would NOT have been able to tell EITHER of those things in this video if you hadn't said anything Nice job!!! (and PS I couldn't tell you were scared at ALL you looked very confident!)

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post #16 of 18 Old 03-22-2009, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Stef! You're awesome. I was scared outta my pants! Stevie's a great horse, and usually has a HUGE trot. She was picking up on my nerves, and I think that was part of the issue. The 2 main things I've figured out is that I need to focus on keeping my legs and hands quieter, which in turn will allow me to sit deeper and relax a little. I'm gonna go ahead and do the schooling show on the 11th, and see what happens!
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-22-2009, 08:23 PM
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Go for it!!! I think you'll do GREAT!!! I think Sandie and I are off to our first show (for both of us!) that SAME day!!! Take pix!

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post #18 of 18 Old 03-22-2009, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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I will! You too!
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