Critique My ride...
I tried to video me doing Intro Test C, but my SD card in the camera ended up corrupt. But here is the first trot circle anyway. Please critique what there is so far.
What I see is, I'm tilting my pelvis back causing my lower back to arch, I need to fix this. Cin is a little fussy with the bit, I am going to work on correcting this after his dental appointment this Tuesday. I need to quiet my hands a lot more, not as bad as I used to be, but still pretty jerky on Cin's mouth. Posting needs some improvement, which I think correcting the pelvis will help, but I need to "control" my post a bit more.
As for Cin, I think his movement has smoothed out quite a bit, and his strides have improved. He could use some more work on powering from his hind end but I think he's getting there compared with our first rides over a year ago.
First thing I saw, and the first thing the judges will see, is a horse that did not halt for the halt. You let him keep walking forwards. Even an unbalanced, unsquared halt with a horse that is totally ignoring you in favour of the scenery is going to get better marks than the horse that does not halt at all.
Secondly, I see a lot of resistance in the horse. He is constantly tossing his head, either in frustration or in pain. I would run the full check - teeth, back and saddle fit, to see if you can rule out something simple.
I agree that your horse looks aggitated about something! Its hard to say what exactly is agitating him but chiilaa definitely suggested some good possibilities. Also work on keeping a steady contact with your horse. Otherwise hard to say, at least on my computer the vid doesnt show up very clear. Good luck with your horse :)
Thank you.Yes hebwas agitated a bit as his buddy got to leave the arena and go eat,and he didn't. We also had huge ice chunks sliding around on the roof and falling outside that were just ready to gobble him up.
As for the halt,it may be my fault as I might be misinterpreting "halt through medium walk" which is what the test states. He is getting dental done on Tuesday and everything else has been checked out and we work with a chiro too. I will be trying again in a few weeks as I work on this some more and after I get a new sd card for the camera so it doesn't mess up again.
Wow, very enthusiatic! Cinny needs more guidance from your seat & legs and you need to follow more with your hands. It's coming though, I like what I saw, energy!
I agree. I've been off since December with a bad shoulder injury until the end of January and my seat went to heck. I can see it in the video, it's AWFUL. Therefore I am doing a lot of seat exercises, including riding without stirrups and a lot of stuff at home with a balance ball, yoga, etc.
Cinny's workouts have been out of the book 101 Dressage exercises and our primary focus is on opening and strengthening hips, and powering correctly. Secondary focus is lightness and looseness. I've just started him on something more regimented about 3 days ago where I pick 9 exercises out of the book and we do them that day. I mix in exercises to "build the canter" and improve his transitions as well. I think in a few weeks I need to step up the transitions though, especially downward transitions, they are very sloppy.
I have to be frank about this, but he really does look physically uncomfortable. He is very much moving in a protective manner, a defensive manner. His stride is very short and choppy and the swishing tail and all, to me say physical discomfort. I know you have made a lot of inquiriies into this and I dont' want to come off as ragging on you, but his physical state is very evident in his way of going. It will probably be evident to the judge, too.
For yourself, you are bracing into your stirrups and posting off of them too much, and coming back into the saddle with the down stroke too much into the cantle and not into the very middle of the saddle. I would suggest shortening your stirrup one nothch and really work on bringing your lower leg under you more and using your leg, knee and thigh in the posting motion so that you can sit down softer and more centered in the saddle.
Your hand has gotten much steadier and your position from seat up has also improved markedly.
Agreed Tiny, I see a very uncomfortable horse who is not moving well, and a heavy handed rider.
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