So I just started a half-lease and picked up lessons again after being away for a few months. I went for a ride yesterday and had hubby take some videos. I'm working on Intro B for a show in december and would like a critique on some things like how my trot is and our circles. Note this is me riding by myself without my trainer. I feel like my arms and hands could be quieter. Also, I'm not doing the whole test in the video just parts of it. We are working on me keeping her still at the salute.
and in this one below I had just started to warm up
It looks like that horse really needs some more impulsion from her hind end. Try shortening your reins a bit a really pushing her into the bridle from behind. Your shoulders look lovely, but it looks like you might be a little stiff in your back. Maybe try relaxing your back just a bit and flowing with her motion more. Also your elbows often looked locked - if you have more bend in your elbows there will be more give through to the horses mouth.
But my main suggestion would be to really push that horse more forward - she looks quite lazy with her hind end!
You really need to make her march when your walking, I have the same problem, whenever I walk my horse I go for a casual stroll, but when your working them make them work with a purpose.
Is there a reason your riding with such a loose rein?
Thanks for the replies. Impulsion is definitely something I am needing to work on with her. It really takes a lot of work to get her going some days. I may not have been as focused as I thought I was when I was riding her. :-S
What can I do to get her to walk more forward?
And I sometimes get slack in my rein. I need to not do that. It's just a bad habit I think. But I need to get rid of it quick
Also, I'm purposefully riding a bit looser in the rein from F to E for the free walk. Unless I'm doing it wrong?
First of all, that horse is a gem! she is cute and responsive, and when you are better able to put her together , you are going to be amazed at how nicely she looks and feels. She is perfect for you!
You are a cute rider with a ton of potential. I can't wait to see you in a year!
your lower back is way too arched (pooched butt). this puts your seatbones pointing backward, and you want them in nuetral; pointing straight downward.
your hand will be quieter when you are stronger and more balanced over your feet (you are almost there) and , most importantly, utilizing your core. This is what you need to work on the most.
if you can get some lunge line lessons, where you don't hold the rein, but are only responsible for posting off of your own strength and balance, this will help ou to become stronger, like a martial artist who stands strong over his own core. no butt pouching there.
if you cant get lunge line lessons, try occasionally practically dropping the rien (riding on the buckle in one hand , like a cowboy) and see how different it feels.
Oh and during lessons my trainer has me doing a lot of double posting and two pointing. It's been helping loads!
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