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        06-10-2014, 02:01 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    I'd like a critique please!

    Both me and the horse would be appreciated. Thanks
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        06-10-2014, 11:54 AM
      #2
    Foal
    Are you posting? You seem like you have good balance, are easy with the hands, ect... You look like maybe you are a little tense though. A video would help :)
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        06-19-2014, 11:16 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Well, just from what I can see in the pictures:

    You:

    Good

    1. Heels down and flexible consistently
    2. Good posture consistently
    3. Arms are held in a good position with bend at the elbows (just too high up)

    Needs Work
    1. Hands too high, especially at a canter (they should be below the saddle horn)
    2. **Tight rein holds for a Western horse (Looks like you're riding contact) ESPECIALLY in a shank bit. If you hold the reins that tight he should be in a snaffle. A shank bit should be all or mostly neck-reined in.
    3. Lower leg to far forward/seat too far back (a bit of both)--There should be a straight line from you heels to your hips to you shoulders. You have the hips to shoulders right! Just line up the heels.

    The Horse:


    Good
    1. Nice stride, very long and appears smooth.
    2. Has a nice hip and shoulder.
    3. Looks responsive to turns (hard to tell without watching the motion)
    4. Seems to have a supple back & neck
    5. Ears tell me he's paying attention most of the time and listening for cues. They're almost always tipped slightly backward, even at faster speeds, which says that he's paying attention to you rather than just what's in front of him and where he's going.


    Needs Work

    1. Head kept high, especially at a canter. Loosening the rein and lowering your hands might help him to lower it.
    2. Front & hind legs look close to clipping at a trot. If they do, teaching him to pick himself up under his hindquarters can help increase the distance between the front & hind legs.




    That's all I can really see with just pictures. A video would tell me a lot more
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        06-19-2014, 11:21 PM
      #4
    Trained
    ^^^what she posted. Really concentrate on keeping your hands lower and the reins a bit looser, your horse needs to use his neck more. Also get your shoulders back which put your weight back encouraging your horse to use his back.
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        06-20-2014, 09:43 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spiritandjuniper4711    
    Are you posting? You seem like you have good balance, are easy with the hands, ect... You look like maybe you are a little tense though. A video would help :)
    Yes I post
         
        06-20-2014, 09:47 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spellcheck    
    Well, just from what I can see in the pictures:

    You:

    Good

    1. Heels down and flexible consistently
    2. Good posture consistently
    3. Arms are held in a good position with bend at the elbows (just too high up)

    Needs Work
    1. Hands too high, especially at a canter (they should be below the saddle horn)
    2. **Tight rein holds for a Western horse (Looks like you're riding contact) ESPECIALLY in a shank bit. If you hold the reins that tight he should be in a snaffle. A shank bit should be all or mostly neck-reined in.
    3. Lower leg to far forward/seat too far back (a bit of both)--There should be a straight line from you heels to your hips to you shoulders. You have the hips to shoulders right! Just line up the heels.

    The Horse:


    Good
    1. Nice stride, very long and appears smooth.
    2. Has a nice hip and shoulder.
    3. Looks responsive to turns (hard to tell without watching the motion)
    4. Seems to have a supple back & neck
    5. Ears tell me he's paying attention most of the time and listening for cues. They're almost always tipped slightly backward, even at faster speeds, which says that he's paying attention to you rather than just what's in front of him and where he's going.


    Needs Work

    1. Head kept high, especially at a canter. Loosening the rein and lowering your hands might help him to lower it.
    2. Front & hind legs look close to clipping at a trot. If they do, teaching him to pick himself up under his hindquarters can help increase the distance between the front & hind legs.




    That's all I can really see with just pictures. A video would tell me a lot more
    Thanks for the critique! I almost never ride Western so I am used to having contact on the bit and I realize it's a no no with shanks
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        06-20-2014, 09:56 PM
      #7
    Super Moderator
    Don't you just love it when you get a great critique like that?!
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        06-21-2014, 12:53 AM
      #8
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    don't you just love it when you get a great critique like that?!
    Yes, yes I do!
         
        06-21-2014, 03:36 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    To add to that critique, relax. It looks like you're holding your breath and are tight in the shoulders (hence why your arms and hands are so high). It looks like you're thinking "sit up, sit up, sit up" the whole time. Which is ok for horsemanship or something with equitation.

    You look too ridged and over-thinking your position. You look like you have a natural seat, so just relax. Breathe and sit back a bit.
         

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