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English Critique - Now with VIDEO
Things I noticed:
- My hands are not as quiet as they normally are/should be
- Posting seems a bit "forced" at times
- Diagonal issues (Riding muscles are ALL GONE! *cries*)
- Chair seat BAD at the lope.
April 2 - YouTube
It's hard for me to see much detail, but I think you are pretty hard on yourself. I think you are doing quite well, and doing all this without a teacher is really hard.
the only thing I could say would be to relax into the canter more, but it's easy for me to say this when I , myself, struggle with the same thing.
The posting seems forced because your center of gravity isn't over your stirrups. There are several options.
1 - You could bring your heels back toward your hip. To do that, your thighs need to be more vertical. One suggestion I liked was after sitting in the saddle, grasp the front of the saddle and try to shove your knees down low. You may or may not need to lengthen the stirrups to do that.
2 - You can lean more forward. This is a picture from a George Morris book (although at a canter):
3 - You could also post at a diagonal. By that - and I doubt this is proper English riding - I mean you can stretch your legs some and get your weight off the saddle, but leave the line from your heels to rump as a diagonal, instead of vertical. That works OK for some situations, but it masks the problem: your center of gravity is too far behind the stirrups.
Cantering can be done in a half-seat. That is how I start canters, and then I can try shifting my weight toward the rear once I get the rhythm down. I got a lot out of this thread from a year ago:
For honesty's sake, I'm the chubby guy riding the Arabian. My Aussie-style saddle rides almost identically to my Bates Caprilli AP saddle. I go with longer stirrups because my mare tends to do the OMG Crouch and drop out from under me...:? She was doing her 'Lazy Girl Jog' in this photo:
Good luck! I'm mostly a western rider with a very *******ized approach to riding, so take this post with a truckload of salt. My favorite book on riding is http://www.amazon.com/Common-sense-horsemanship-distinct-schooling/dp/0668026022/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1365084389&sr=8-2&keywords=Commonsense+Horsemanship.
Considering I only rode a handfull of times after a 3 month break after knee surgery last fall, and then didnt ride all winter... I think my riding will improve greatly once I get all of the good riding muscles back.
I've been hitting up the gym every other day for a few weeks now so that is helping.... but in my case, I think I just have to get out and RIDE to get the good muscles and balance back.
I'm not one who is able to critique or judge at all so nothing professional out of me. To me y'all look very pretty together. I think your dog is too cute. Always right there in every shot. Good riding partner. LOL!
My dog is actually super annoying lol. This mare likes to kick at him while im riding. And its big kick outs with both back barrels. Not fun!
Your position is not bad at all! You just need to get the hips engaged more, & elongate your calves, good exercise for you right now, 2 point seat, lots of it and let Squiggy long trot, just steer her and let her reach for the bit.
Saweeeeeet! Too bad I cant ride squiggy for a while. Found a lovely growth under her winter hair right where my leg goes so mr. Vet is gonna look at it and cut it out.
Thankfully I have 9 other horses.
Post a vid of your two point please.
I will make an attempt to change the gullet plate in my saddle and ride a different horse tomorrow!
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