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IvorySilence 10-17-2010 10:46 PM

Hunters Critique please
From my lesson yesterday, which was a pretty typical ride for me (ie, not my best but not my worst).

There are a few "oops" moments in there that I decided not to cut out. I have a pretty good idea of what I need to work on, but I would like to get other opinions as well.

Be as harsh as you want to. I'd like to improve. :D

~*~anebel~*~ 10-17-2010 10:55 PM

Just a short one:

I like that your bum is in the saddle, but try to sit up and stretch your shoulders back a bit more. Your leg is swinging - no stirrup work and more two point will help this.

I love your horse - what a great guy! This is the kind of horse people should be learning on!!

Good luck :)

IvorySilence 10-18-2010 12:47 AM

Thanks so much! I'll definitely try to work on my upper body and my legs. I rode more often in the summer and gained some nice toned legs, but since school started I've only been going once a week for lessons and have lost some of my muscle, which is quite unfortunate.

And the horse I'm riding in those videos is called Daquery, Daq for short. He's a big lug, and definitely a great horse all around.

ErikaLynn 10-18-2010 11:10 AM

You look really nice and relaxed. I just think you should sit up taller and bring your shoulders back. And try not to pump with your upper body so much. Also tighten your reins a little and bring your hands up and bend you elbows a little bit more.

VelvetsAB 10-18-2010 11:27 AM

Looks like a wonderful lesson horse to learn on.

First video, horse is looking to the outside when coming around the corners. Make sure you get him bending around the corners. You want to be able to see his inside eyes eyelashes.

In the second video, when you went to go pick up the canter to go to your jump, your horse was looking to the outside. Where you picked up your canter as well, didnt give you much room to establish a nice steady pace. You also cut the corner going to the fence so you didnt come in square, causing you to have to correct your straightness between the line. Second corner, you cut in instead of using the whole arena, and your horse is again looking to the outside. You turned about a stride too soon, so again you took the first jump in the second line at an angle and then had to correct it.

It looks like you arent really getting out of the saddle into a two-point position either, but just standing up in the stirrups. They might be a tad too long for jumping.

So: come to your fences SQUARE with a well established canter. Use your corners! Hunter judges love horses that go allllll the way into the corner. Be straight between the lines...your horse always drifts to the outside, so put some outside leg on him.

DanniS 10-18-2010 02:31 PM

really nice horse!!!! and your doing really well i agree, sit up more, and on the third and fourth jump, you were leaning forward a little to early...but well done :)

IvorySilence 10-18-2010 03:15 PM

Thanks for the critique everyone!

I do agree, I need the work on pulling my upper body back. My reins are a little slack, and I will try to improve that.

Also, my two point is definitely off. My spots for jumps actually have been getting a bit sloppy for a the past few weeks. I used to have a big problem with that, and it was gradually corrected over the course of a few months. It looks like I might need a bit of a refresher in the same way that I corrected it last time: counting each stride so I know my perfect spot.

And yes, he was definitely drifting and cutting some of the corners. I'll try to put some more leg on him, and some more force behind my cues.

Allison Finch 10-18-2010 04:08 PM

It appears that you are resting your knuckles on the horse's neck as a way of keeping them still. As a result, when the horse lengthens and shortens his frame with every stride, the reins also lengthen and shorten. This creates an inconsistent communication with your horse.

You need to get those knuckles away from the neck and learn to use your shoulders and elbows to absorb the movement of your horse's frame. Every stride should have your shoulders and elbows moving. Have someone hold the reins near the bit. Have them move reins move front and back, as if the horse were moving. See how much movement your elbows and shoulders must do to keep the same contact on the reins at all times. Keep a slight pull on the reins so that you can feel the bit and the horse's head move.

IvorySilence 10-20-2010 07:00 PM

Ok, I'll try to work on that!

MudPaint 10-20-2010 07:28 PM

I have to agree with Allison and Velvet. You need to sit up, and bring more contact between you and the horse. Really work on establishing a consistent, soft contact.

I absolutely love this horse! Perfect to learn on. His jump looks so quiet.

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