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EthanQ 12-20-2012 06:58 PM

Critique My Riding? (Bareback)
Critique my bareback maybe? I'd appreciate any help you could give. I'm a self taught rider.
I am already aware of: I get "lazy legged." On the fat bay with the snip, I ride loose legged because he is really sensitive. And I have a horrible chair's a habit that I am already working on correcting.
Is there anything else you see? I'd especially appreciate some jumping help.

RiverBelle 12-23-2012 12:11 AM

First let me say, your riding looks good except keep your heels down a bit more. But you said you already knew about it. Being self taught it hard, and you realize you develop a lot of bad habits you don't realize you have done until someone corrects you.

Secondly, I was breath taken when I watch you riding bareback at full gallop. I hope everyone agrees - that is the most amazing feeling in the world. Frightening, yet empowering. :) It makes me want to go jump on my horse, and it's 11:11 at night! oops - make a wish! :)

EthanQ 12-23-2012 12:17 AM

Haha thank you so very much! And yes...galloping bareback is THE best feeling in the world. Thank you for your input!

Deschutes 12-23-2012 03:28 AM

I only saw the middle video, but I must say, you are **** better than I am, that's for sure! I can barely canter.

At first I wondered why you were leaning forward so much and I was going to say put more weight in your buns but in the end I saw you were jumping. Made me wonder why the horse moved so weird...

EthanQ 12-24-2012 11:06 PM

he moved weird?

Deschutes 12-24-2012 11:12 PM

No no, I thought he did.
I didn't see the log so I wondered why he jumped the way he did at the start of a canter.

Wasn't until the end I saw and realized: oh! They are jumping! /face palm

EthanQ 12-25-2012 12:10 AM

Okay haha Had me worried. My gelding Frank (last video) is under going some hoof rehab from a poor farrier's trim job, and so far he's the only one with issues, and I though your comment was saying something was wrong with the other one;D Thanks for the comment!

Deschutes 12-25-2012 12:41 AM

Oh god no.

I'm not that experienced yet!

horselover01 12-27-2012 10:54 PM

I though you looked great. I would love to gallop but I'm too scared too, but I'm working on it. I have loped my horse bareback and all that I just can't quite gallop plus my horse is like 19 and starting to get lazy and I don't have a good open place too gallop in.

Jore 12-28-2012 10:55 AM

No critique, but about the sensitive sides on the bay... back when I first got Indie, she was incredibly sensitive. Just feeling my legs on her sides made her start trotting, and when I asked her to walk on, she'd jump right out of her skin. So, I just kept my leg lightly on her for the duration of our rides and would leg yield her into corners.. she'd usually start trotting but I'd bring her back and once she got three corners at a walk, we'd move to a trot (which she'd then try cantering off.) But after numerous rides, her sensitivity went down to a reasonable amount where she would pay excellent attention to my leg aids but didn't automatically run off of my leg.

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