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RidingTowardsGrace 02-27-2011 11:19 PM

Are we Getting Better? :]
 
I think we are! Of course, it's still a work in progress, but how does he look? Please ignore me, I HATE tall boots, but have to wear them again since shows are coming up. So needless to say, my legs are awful. I know, no need to critique me :] Just how do you think we are doing? I feel like we are having a lot better of contact and more in-sync.

If you didnt see my other thread, here is the first video:


And here is now! Sorry if it's still processing, I just uploaded it:


Oh and I know about his head needing to be looking in and not out, and being able to see his inside eyelash. Im workin' on it! :P It's slowly getting better.
Something has finally clicked and Ive realized what it is Ive been doing on the circle to get him to collect himself up, and have been able to transfer that around the arena for once! Unfortunately all I got for videos is the circles. Ill get more next time! And Critique of jumping next time.

MicKey73 02-28-2011 02:17 AM

Hi! I'm no expert, but since no one has responded to ya, I'll throw in my 2 cents ;) The second video does look better, but I would say your reins look pretty loose and your horse is going behind the vertical a lot, possibly to avoid the contact (?) My trainer has me work on the circle a lot too (bringing it in and out to work on his bend and engagement). That's all that really stood out to me and my non-expertness. Hopefully this will bump your post and more experienced riders will post! :) Good luck and you guys look like a great team!

rosie1 02-28-2011 03:42 AM

Definitely improvement, you're moving with your pony much better. Try riding without stirrups to strenghten your leg. I knoticed in a few parts of your video that you had too much foot in your stirrup so remember to sink down into your heels and don't pinch with your knee as you post. Its coming along, get your instructor to help you with that bending and connection, its something that will come with time and practice

RidingTowardsGrace 02-28-2011 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by MicKey73 (Post 943999)
Hi! I'm no expert, but since no one has responded to ya, I'll throw in my 2 cents ;) The second video does look better, but I would say your reins look pretty loose and your horse is going behind the vertical a lot, possibly to avoid the contact (?) My trainer has me work on the circle a lot too (bringing it in and out to work on his bend and engagement). That's all that really stood out to me and my non-expertness. Hopefully this will bump your post and more experienced riders will post! :) Good luck and you guys look like a great team!

Thanks, yeah, we're working on the reins :P it doesn't look pretty, but somehow we jump and can do everything just find with that loose of rein, even though he's so spunky! Lol who knows, it's still a work in progress. As for him going behind the vertical, he just does that. I don't think it's him trying to avoid the bit, because he even does this in a halter sometimes! I just don't get the feeling that he is, but I'm not sure.
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RidingTowardsGrace 02-28-2011 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by rosie1 (Post 944022)
Definitely improvement, you're moving with your pony much better. Try riding without stirrups to strenghten your leg. I knoticed in a few parts of your video that you had too much foot in your stirrup so remember to sink down into your heels and don't pinch with your knee as you post. Its coming along, get your instructor to help you with that bending and connection, its something that will come with time and practice

Thanks, yeah, we've only had one lesson so far of no stirrup work. I just hate hate hate my tall boots haha. Well, love but hate. They're just beyond slippery and they slide everywhere, so I'm straining to keep my lower leg still, in half chaps it's not as bad, I promise! :P
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Amlalriiee 02-28-2011 06:32 PM

....I almost think lowering your stirrup a bit would help your leg come back? ...at least for flat work maybe. I hate how slippery boots are, but that MIGHT help!

Yes, I do see improvement....good work! Compared to the first video, he's not popping up so much with his head, there seems to be a better line of communication between the two of you in this one...more focus I think is the way to describe it, besides him looking out which you mentioned :)

equiniphile 02-28-2011 06:33 PM

MUCH better, he is no longer hollowed out, and you too look grat. Keep it up!

My2Geldings 02-28-2011 06:47 PM

I definitely see a lot of improvement. I absolutely adore your little horse, and I hate you for being so skinny :lol: you guys look really good together. I think you look great, but your position seems a little wobbly.

When you're riding the trot, you need to make sure you really put all your weight into your lower leg, and you focus on keep that leg contact on your horse. I would also close your hip just a touch and take a lot more contact. You can see in the video, your reins are much to lose which tells me, you're not holding enough contact. I always had that feel, that if your horse were to spook, even at the trot, you would come right off. You have a lovely looking position, but it's not a very strong.

PUSH your horse forward. You have such a gorgeous flowing little horse, show it off! You really need to push her/him forward into that contact.

RidingTowardsGrace 02-28-2011 08:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Amlalriiee (Post 944829)
....I almost think lowering your stirrup a bit would help your leg come back? ...at least for flat work maybe. I hate how slippery boots are, but that MIGHT help!

Yes, I do see improvement....good work! Compared to the first video, he's not popping up so much with his head, there seems to be a better line of communication between the two of you in this one...more focus I think is the way to describe it, besides him looking out which you mentioned :)

Ah yes, I would lower my stirrup, but it's as long as they go. Hopefully they're getting a new saddle since we're showing soon, so that will help.
Thanks for the Critique!
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Originally Posted by equiniphile (Post 944835)
MUCH better, he is no longer hollowed out, and you too look grat. Keep it up!

Thanks, we will!

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Originally Posted by My2Geldings (Post 944859)
I definitely see a lot of improvement. I absolutely adore your little horse, and I hate you for being so skinny :lol: you guys look really good together. I think you look great, but your position seems a little wobbly.

When you're riding the trot, you need to make sure you really put all your weight into your lower leg, and you focus on keep that leg contact on your horse. I would also close your hip just a touch and take a lot more contact. You can see in the video, your reins are much to lose which tells me, you're not holding enough contact. I always had that feel, that if your horse were to spook, even at the trot, you would come right off. You have a lovely looking position, but it's not a very strong.

PUSH your horse forward. You have such a gorgeous flowing little horse, show it off! You really need to push her/him forward into that contact.

Haha he's not mine, but I adore him too! I -wish- he was mine! :P
Thanks, yeah. I'm still getting my seat back to where it used to be a couple years ago! But we're getting there! It's a work in progress.
Can you explain what you mean by close your hip? I dont understand that part!
And will do! We're working on getting him to extend and get flowey, and I can slowly feel it. As my trainer says,"You can explain, explain, explain, but the rider wont get it correct until they truly -feel- what your describing."

I agree, my legs are definitely what my weakest point is, so my trainer said we will be doing a lot of sitting trot, two-point work, no stirrup work (Ergh.) to strengthen that. And Im going to try to start doing leg exercises at home to strengthen my muscles, as well as core.

Amlalriiee 02-28-2011 11:12 PM

^^ sounds like you have a good plan in place, and a good support system--it will be great when you can take that first video and compare it to where you'll be in a few months!


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