Canter critique- first time critique, please be nice lol
I've been to nervous to post critique before, but decided i should. I'm just starting to get comfortable with the canter, this video is the third time I cantered without hesitation or fear to do so. I know I need a lot of work lol. My instructor is having me try to half seat and I'm finding it challenging. Please give me some tips. Also Molly's canter is very heavy, she is a lesson horse and I'm having a ton of trouble trying to get her lighter. Again please be nice lol
Not bad for a third time.
Way to go! Keep up the good work and just relax, enjoy it, you're cantering!
She seems to be moving a bit too fast, your trainer told you to shorten the rein, I think you could have taken them up a bit more. Just like posting in the trot you really have feel the flow of a canter, deepen your seat, slightly rock with it and go with the flow. Do they have other slower moving horses for you to try? Sounds like you need to get on a confidence builder, a slow moving QH of sorts? Just an idea!
You have a very good seat for a beginner, try sitting back into the saddle.. it will help you balance more and stop your but coming out of the saddle at all. Also don't grip with your knee's (i don't know if you were) at first it will feel like you want too but it will only come back to haunt you when you get to jumping.. Really good though!
I look pretty bad for someone who has been riding so long hu lol
Didnt look bad at all :)
your hands/arms are moving quite a bit, try to keep them steadier but without stiffening them. your upper body looks quite tense/stiff aswell, keep your shoulders back & sit deep. doing well though, well done! :D
You look really good for your 3rd time!!
Your lower leg is pretty solid, the one thing I could criticise is that you tilt your upper body forwards, try and sit straighter or even slightly back behind the vertical and follow your horses movements with your hips. Other than that, you look good to me! Good luck! :)
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Gosh, with all the warnings to "be nice" I thought I was going to be asked to watch a disaster. But no! you ride pretty darn well. I know many people commented on your leaning forward and I think you were doing this due to your instructor asking you to use "half seat". If not, then I , too, would say sit back.
Your lower leg was so stedy and it's position very good, and it's place in the stirrup real secure. It looked a bit like you were working a bit hard to keep the horse going, so maybe you need to slow down engough to find her natural rythm. The extra kind of over rolling you were doing with your seat made your hands a bit over active. If you really want to do half seat, maybe you could put your hands down on each side of her wither and let her carry you and you just flow over her and with her. She doesn't need much steering in a situation like this. What a cute, honest mare. Such a confidence booster is a gem.
Mac is like that, but he wont' stay out on a circle without some encouragement with the rein or leg.
That was not bad at all. Give yourself more credit. The lower half of your body, your legs and seat are great.
The upper part of your body moves a little too much. I would say try not pump so much with your upper body and try and keep yourself more steady. I can see you trying a half seat, but you seem a little unbalanced and your hands and arms are moving all over the place. You should grab her mane while going around just so your upper body can balance and stay more steady.
Honestly, you look really good, and just keep cantering; pretty soon you won't be too scared to canter anymore.
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