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  • Still have large improvement work
  • Polework to improve a horses gait

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    07-04-2012, 05:54 PM

I was wondering if any of you could give me some insigt on my improvement in the past 6 months with a new trainer, barn and saddle. Black and white is old. Colored is new. Any critique is appreciated! Thanks Guys!

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    07-07-2012, 01:15 PM
I'm having trouble seeing the video.
    07-08-2012, 06:00 PM
Hi there! For future reference, this would be better suited in the critique section, but I'll go ahead & share what I see! (:
Your leg has gotten much more still, and your body, especially your shoulder, is much more correct(still & upright) through the transitions. You could still use some work on bending more in your elbows to give you control & leverage through your downward transitions, and loosening your elbows up to follow the horse's mouth. Jumping & pole work has improved big time! Your back & shoulders are much more flat & still, and your able to stay with the horse's motion much better as well. I'd like to see your push your hands up the horse's neck a little much for a longer crest release, and there are a few spots where you don't follow through with the crest release through the landing. Also, in some spots you're slightly quick with throwing your shoulder, remember to keep your shoulder still, as the horse will jump up to you & cause you to break over. Overall, I see a large improvement, and an excellent rider, with the willingness to progress even more! Good luck & happy riding!(:
    07-09-2012, 07:19 AM
What an awesome video!

I think you can see quite a bit of difference. :) As the pp mentioned, your shoulders have come much more in line and you don't lean forward as much anymore at all the gaits. You are not using your feet as much anymore to post off of and thus your legs aren't moving around as much and your knees are staying closer to the saddle. I think the biggest is change I noticed is your transition from the walk to the canter. It's smoother, you don't see your aides as much, and your frame stays a lot more consistent and you are not pumping as much with your hands.

I can't comment on the jumping as I was never a jumper.

Good job!
    07-15-2012, 11:58 PM
So sorry ladies, thank you for your replies! The shoulders are my biggest thing I'm working on, I'm glad you have noticed that I am a shoulder thrower.. haha. Lets just say that's my biggest thing I work on in the ring! My trainer makes me do dressage, so this week I have been working off not using my foot so much! Thanks!!!

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