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post #21 of 28 Old 02-16-2009, 04:34 PM
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I have to say, I'm a little surprised. LacyLove did post the video asking for constructive criticism. MIEventer provided that, in explicit detail, explaining why certain functions of riding and the body need to be working together to achieve a certain goal. Nowhere did she say anything that appeared rude or dismissive to the OP's riding.

Personally, if I posted something I wanted critiqued, I would be thrilled and appreciative to get a post as detailed and thoughtful as that. I know MIEventer was aiming to give some solid advice to Lacy and not to cut her down; the post makes that clear.

Just my two cents.

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post #22 of 28 Old 02-16-2009, 07:52 PM
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your pony is really cute!

i noticed that every time you had a refusal, it is almost like you just kind of through yourself into your 2point and your pony said "sweet" and darted out to the right.... try and support support support your pony all the way through the jump(both with your legs, hands and seat). You may already know this but if not i hope it helps :)

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post #23 of 28 Old 02-18-2009, 06:40 PM
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I have to say, I'm a little surprised. LacyLove did post the video asking for constructive criticism. MIEventer provided that, in explicit detail, explaining why certain functions of riding and the body need to be working together to achieve a certain goal. Nowhere did she say anything that appeared rude or dismissive to the OP's riding.

Personally, if I posted something I wanted critiqued, I would be thrilled and appreciative to get a post as detailed and thoughtful as that. I know MIEventer was aiming to give some solid advice to Lacy and not to cut her down; the post makes that clear.

Just my two cents.
Agreed. Now with that, let's move on.

First, ponies are inherently evil and almost everyone has there "bad pony experience". She's pretty cute but she's trying to get out of working and getting away with it.

I agree with that other poster that your trainer should have been a little more proactive in this lesson. How many times had your pony refused or run to the side of the fence before your trainer made you go over it anyway? And then after that she seemed to jump it much better. Now I don't feel that her refusals were in a dangerous form, they were her way of getting out of work. She slowed down quite a bit at the approach and so maybe you just need to give her a little more leg and keep your seat as you approach to encourage her to keep her pace.

Also, typically when a horse runs to the side of a fence, you know it's coming and you can correct it. If you feel her start to head to the left, you close your left leg and your left rein and bring her back to the middle of the jump.

It all comes with practice and riding in two-point or without stirrups to help build a stronger leg and your confidence. Everyone has cruddy lessons. Just take what you can from this one and apply it to your next one. Good luck!
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post #24 of 28 Old 02-18-2009, 07:29 PM
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I am going to disagree that the horse was veering because she wanted to "get out of working"

It was due to rider error - not prepared on approach. Not rhythmical on approach. Rider not balanced, not prepared, not centered on approach. The pony slowed down, because of rider error. The pony

99% of errors, is rider. Not horse.

This Pony is 4 years old, very green, and should be working on many of the basics first, before being put over a verticle. This pony is not only unprepared for the questions asked, but is not being guided accordingly.

The pony should be doing lots of flat work, getting the basics and fundamentals under itself first.

The refusals of course, were not dangerous in anyway what-so-ever. Horses don't think that way at all.

The horse refused because of rider error.
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post #25 of 28 Old 02-18-2009, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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im sorry, i got out of hand before i read over your post again, and i agree but shes been doing much MUCH better i really hate that video because i have done so much better the past 3 lessons. she has done 4 years of flat work....she was taught at meredith manor riding school...look it up lol
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post #26 of 28 Old 02-18-2009, 07:43 PM
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Understandable - a picture takes only 1 moment thorughout your whole ride, and we all have bad rides and good rides.

My concern is that the pony is only 4 though. Take your time. This pony has along time ahead of her to learn how to jump accordingly.....it also concerns me that the pony who is 4, has been doing 4 years of flat work?

It's not my pony - regardless. None of my business....but what I am trying to say sweetie, is that do not point your finger at her......stop and look at what you are doing incorrectly in the saddle, to be causing the outcome you are getting....regardless of what mount you have under you.

The pony is very green, 4 years old. You have to know how to ask the correct questions clearly....so that your mount can answer them corectly.

Does that make sense?

99% of errors...is rider. Well, maybe 90%. lol
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post #27 of 28 Old 02-18-2009, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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well, more like three she is turning 5 very very soon and i know know, but if you would have seen us yesterday, you would think of her as a great pony who knows a lot for her age! haha i guess im just trying to prove myself and it isnt really working...
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post #28 of 28 Old 02-19-2009, 08:22 PM
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You don't need to prove yourself to anyone! :) There is no wrong or right, no matter what everyone in the horse world says. You're out there doing what you love, and I think that is all that matters. Horses and riding is an exploration, a learning process, and a chance to make all kinds of discoveries and choices.
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