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post #21 of 30 Old 11-22-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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post #22 of 30 Old 11-23-2012, 12:08 AM
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Not a critique, but a thread that you might find helpful. I did:

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post #23 of 30 Old 06-27-2014, 01:44 AM
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You seem pretty stable, which is good, and your horse is really obedient. It looks like he'd keep cantering forever if you asked him! :)
Like you said, your lower leg should be a bit back. To help you tell, you should be able to draw a pretty straight line through your shoulders, hips, and heel.
Your horse seems a bit stiff. His canter is also pretty slow. To fix this, lift your hands up a bit higher and urge him on a bit with your leg. Then try to move your hands back and forth with the movement of the horse's head. A bigger canter should also help to bring him off the forehand.
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post #24 of 30 Old 06-28-2014, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Kayty View Post
OP, there are only so many critiques you can get - otherwise you'll just get a bunch of people saying exactly the same thing over and over and over...and over... and over.....
Kayty's right. My input was going to be "read Kayty's post again". I love the elbow hinge description. I am also guilty of letting the whole upper body follow the motion instead of anchor the elbow. I also thought while watching your first canter circle, that I probably would have half halted 10 times or more on that circle alone. Your horse falls onto the forehand quickly and needs either half halts within the canter or canter-trot transitions to get his legs under him more.

The only independent thought I had was regarding your not quite being in the saddle and the stiffness in your lower legs. If you can, every few strides take your legs completely off the saddle and let them fall back into place. It helps reset your core center of balance, takes the stiffness out of the equation if only for a moment and seems to get the rider more with the motion...that is of course if you don't fall off first instead.

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post #25 of 30 Old 06-30-2014, 06:15 PM
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the horse is a so-so mover. if it held its head up a little higher and tucked its nose in it would look better but there's not much else you can improve with a horse's movement. Your riding is good, just hold your hands a little higher and your full seat is very nice compared to what I've seen but just try to keep your but still instead of rocking back and forth so much
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post #26 of 30 Old 06-30-2014, 07:09 PM
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Actually nyancat, there is a lot that can be done to improve a horse's movement and it does not have anything to do with faking a frame by raising the head and taking the nose in...
A good ride can improve a horse's movement significantly. Simply by lifting a horse from the forehand will improve the movement as it frees the shoulders, allowing more bend in the knees. The joints of the hind legs will move and bend, creating better quality of pace.

The trot can be dramatically improved, a very average mover can become a nice mover. Walk and canter are difficult if they are not naturally of brilliant quality, but again simply by lifting the forehand and starting collection, these paces will improve.
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post #27 of 30 Old 07-09-2014, 06:10 PM
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Besides what Kathyd said - hands are too low, put thumbs UP, and hands closer together. When you separate your hands it tends to make the action of the bit harsher, and this horse doesn't need that, as stated horse needs more leg and more "jump" in the canter.

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post #28 of 30 Old 07-09-2014, 06:30 PM
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The horse carries himself like a typical quarter horse, if you're aiming at dressage you do need to shorten up your reins and get his front end up but if you're aiming at AQHA english classes then the reins are longer and the head lower
I really like that at least you're trying to canter in full seat in this sort of schooling situation and not in half seat or 2 point
I also paused the video several times and really I'm not seeing a horrible 'chair seat', your legs do drift a couple of times but not a huge amount. If you sat up more and got your bum down on the saddle I think the line drawn between shoulder/hip/heel wouldn't be too far out
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post #29 of 30 Old 07-09-2014, 07:09 PM
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Waiting for someone to realize the original post is two years old...
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post #30 of 30 Old 07-09-2014, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
Really, OP, if the only response you're giving people who take time out of their busy days to reply is "bumping" then you won't get many replies at all.
I'm regretting taking time out to reply when it's very obviously not appreciated. I don't feel that it would be prudent for me to reply further to your threads, and many other people see your lack of reply and will not bother replying themselves.
If you want pats on the back, post in the video section.
Eta- here's a thread showing a gracious OP that actually wants to learn.

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Yep. this thread is old. However, I'd like to point out that members are under no obligation to come back and make a response to even the most time consuming and thoughtful response to a request for a crititque. it IS, however, very bad form to not respond, and to only "bump" to solicit more, and will give you a "rep" as someone not worth giving your time to, but it is not against any forum rules to do so.
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