Feedback on jog and lope position
My daughter is taking lessons at a new place, where they focus more on steering, rather than her position (for now? The other place was all about position, and no steering). Could you give her some pointers so that she could pick an element to focus on each lesson? Thanks! :D
She's 11, and after about 1.5 years of English, she just switched to riding Western 3 months ago. She was able to get this horse to canter only in the last 3 lessons.
Is there a reason the instructor is having her post the trot?? Western, at the jog you sit the jog. Just curious if she was having her work on something.
As for the lope, your daughter is behind the motion (and actually sending the horse forward with her seat). Her back is leaning back where her upper body and her shoulders need to be inline with her hip.
Your daughter is cute and love the horse she's riding.
I agree with Gottadun.
but, my first thought is "she's a natural!" she has been getting good instruction, and has the makings of an excellent seat. She is leaning too far back, but her legs are so steady, and she' moving with the horse so nicely.
She really should do Dressage!
I also agree with GotaDun. Her biggest problem is that she's leaning back. Her shoulders should be directly above her hips. She does appear to have a solid seat and legs, though, and her hands appear to be relatively soft.
Should she focus on not leaning back, or is it something that will come with a bit more practice?
Should I just tell her not to lean back, or is there something else to adjust which will indirectly help her not to lean back?
I don't see anything wrong with them teaching her to post a trot, although I agree with GotaDun about the jog and the body position.. I think she is on the road to being a terrific little rider. She is leaned back a bit but I think her hands are great and her legs look terrific and she's definitely going in the right direction.
Any thoughts on her trotting? It looks awkward to me, but I don't have a good eye for it.
Part of why it looks awkward to you might be due to the fact that she was posting on the wrong diagonal for the first few seconds (she switched when she was right in front of the camera). The other thing is that it looks like she's working hard to post...which she has to. I can tell you, it's hard to post on a western jog and make it look easy because the jog is slow and smooth enough that there isn't enough momentum carrying up from the horse to pop you out of the saddle like it does on a big moving horse or at a long trot. Therefore, all the pop to come up out of the saddle has to come from her and her own muscles.
It takes a lot more work on the human's part to post a jog than it does to sit it.
As for having her sit up, IMHO, it's never too early to start working on correcting that. If you can get her to start thinking about it now, before it becomes a habit, then it will be easier to overcome.
agreed with smrobs. I'm not sure if anyone else noticed but to me the horse looked a tad sore at the trot...
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