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finn113 09-15-2012 08:53 PM

Critique my riding(pic)
 
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Sorry there is only one pic... but it's the only one where I'm really not that bad lol. I wanted to put up a good pic of me (in my opinion) and see if it really is good or it's just my imagination. Be harsh, don't be harsh... I don't really care I just want to improve my riding. Any additonal questions I will be glad to answer!
Thanks!:D

Klassic Superstar 09-15-2012 09:24 PM

What poped out to me right away is that your turning your turning your body way to much. Even on a circle or bending line you want to be square and evenly balanced and centered over your horses back with a small inside bend coming from your inside leg to outside rein and your inside rein with the inside keg asking for a small bend.....coming from your wrist and forearm coming up to your tummy. As soon as you take though you must Beas quiketo give a steady releaseso your horseman fallow your movement.
your outside rein and inside leg will help with keeping the shoulder coming around and with your outside eg staying steady and with even weight in both stirrups.

When you do this make sure your horse has good power from behind, not running around but a good trot rythem coming from your seat. After you have the power use that inside rein to sit him back on his hind end more but like before got to really fallow in your body and relaxes Ike keeping contact

Hope this helps :)
Your pony is adorable.
You can do this exercise at any gate, it's really the form of a hlf halt to keep the horse together in longer changes of bend too.

finn113 09-15-2012 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar (Post 1684856)
What poped out to me right away is that your turning your turning your body way to much. Even on a circle or bending line you want to be square and evenly balanced and centered over your horses back with a small inside bend coming from your inside leg to outside rein and your inside rein with the inside keg asking for a small bend.....coming from your wrist and forearm coming up to your tummy. As soon as you take though you must Beas quiketo give a steady releaseso your horseman fallow your movement.
your outside rein and inside leg will help with keeping the shoulder coming around and with your outside eg staying steady and with even weight in both stirrups.

When you do this make sure your horse has good power from behind, not running around but a good trot rythem coming from your seat. After you have the power use that inside rein to sit him back on his hind end more but like before got to really fallow in your body and relaxes Ike keeping contact

Hope this helps :)
Your pony is adorable.
You can do this exercise at any gate, it's really the form of a hlf halt to keep the horse together in longer changes of bend too.

Thanx I will definitely work on that, was there anything else, and besides what u said did I look good or is there more I should work on? Also thanx for saying he is adorable, he is actually 16.2 hands but I guess in the pic he looks like a pony lol. Thanx for commenting!
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Klassic Superstar 09-15-2012 09:51 PM

Toes need to be pointed forward, hands up, more bend in the elbow while lift up in your chest. Roll those shoulders back and look up. Pretend you balancing an apple on each shoulder and can't drop them. Staying evenly balanced in your core and upper and well as lower body will help your horse more then words can describe, it will take time. Your Body is used to how it holds itself now, same with your big boy ;) so he will take time to adjust to your new body postistion. He may also try to get you to go back to your old habits cause its easier this way for him.
Good luck!

tinyliny 09-15-2012 10:03 PM

I like that apple on each shoulder image. I'll have to try that one.

I sometimes hesitate to say to anyone "lift your chest" because what they often do is tighten up, stick their chest way up and arch their back and pooch the fanny out behind. The tightening up will only serve to make the gluts tight and bring the rider off the saddle. I think it's easier to think of rolling your shoulders back and dropping your elbow down. This has the effect of making the chest more "open" but not stiffly raised.

Inga 09-15-2012 10:03 PM

I agree with the posts above. That said, I think the angle of the picture is a bit deceiving as well. I also think that you look very nice on your horse. You are a good match for him.

finn113 09-15-2012 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar (Post 1684893)
Toes need to be pointed forward, hands up, more bend in the elbow while lift up in your chest. Roll those shoulders back and look up. Pretend you balancing an apple on each shoulder and can't drop them. Staying evenly balanced in your core and upper and well as lower body will help your horse more then words can describe, it will take time. Your Body is used to how it holds itself now, same with your big boy ;) so he will take time to adjust to your new body postistion. He may also try to get you to go back to your old habits cause its easier this way for him.
Good luck!

Ok, I guess I didn't look as good as I thought lol but everyone has to work on something. Though I just got him and this was our third ride together, so that being said I guess I did pretty good for only a third ride lol especially since I'm used to a pony and quarter, he is a dutch warmblood so its very different for me. I will try your suggestions thanx!
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calicokatt 09-15-2012 11:33 PM

You look great! Everybody is always improving their riding, otherwise, what would be the point? We all have something to work on, and it all takes time. If you come on asking for critique, people are going to look for the flaws, not necessarily what you're doing right, because you're asking how to improve, not for a pat on the back.... For a few of the girls in my 4-h club, this picture would be AMAZING, but that doesn't mean that they wouldn't need to work on some things. If you feel like you're doing good, then chances are, you've improved greatly. If you want to hear about what you've improved on, post some older pictures too, and people can compare where you were to where you are. Sometimes a little encouragement along with the constructive criticism really helps all of us focus on what needs improvement without getting discouraged. :)

finn113 09-15-2012 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by calicokatt (Post 1685037)
You look great! Everybody is always improving their riding, otherwise, what would be the point? We all have something to work on, and it all takes time. If you come on asking for critique, people are going to look for the flaws, not necessarily what you're doing right, because you're asking how to improve, not for a pat on the back.... For a few of the girls in my 4-h club, this picture would be AMAZING, but that doesn't mean that they wouldn't need to work on some things. If you feel like you're doing good, then chances are, you've improved greatly. If you want to hear about what you've improved on, post some older pictures too, and people can compare where you were to where you are. Sometimes a little encouragement along with the constructive criticism really helps all of us focus on what needs improvement without getting discouraged. :)

Thanks! I get what you mean. I guess I just get a little defensive sometimes... Thanks for commenting.


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