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post #1 of 11 Old 08-19-2017, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my Riding

I would love some insight into what I could work on in order to improve my riding. Thanks for the help. Below are the links to the videos. I don't know what that buzzing sound is so pease ignore it or turn off the volume. Thanks for the help.


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post #2 of 11 Old 08-20-2017, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Any insight would be great.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-20-2017, 04:47 PM
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DISCLAIMER-This is my opinion only, an I'm not a trainer!
So, overall everything looks fine. It would help to have a sideview of you jumping, but from what I can tell is this:
  • put a bit more leg on the horse so the trot is a tad more energetic,
  • hold the reins just a bit shorter,
  • and stop leaning forward's (hold your shoulders back, that should make it harder to lean forwards which stresses the horse because he/she might think that something's about to happen all the time)
Also, your stirrups should be a bit longer. I'm a fan of short stirrups myself, but find it easier to control the horse in longer ones.
Again, I'm not a trainer but I do hope this helps.

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I think overall you look good; you seem to have a natural seat. The video makes it a bit difficult to see your equitation in some areas but I would recommend working a bit more on collection. Collection does not come from shorter reins and contact with their mouth (though sometimes it helps).. it comes from balance in your seat. One thing that has been hard on me is keeping my lower leg firm. I would recommend doing a lot of leg building exercises because that is where the collection will come from. Your lower leg ideally should not appear to move at all.

But honestly I think you look great! Those are the only things I noticed. I actively have to work on lower leg strength. At this point I would not feel comfortable jumping myself because I don't have a strong enough seat/ leg strength.

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-20-2017, 05:45 PM
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I can see only the first video, and it's short, so I have very little to make any kind of judgement by.

I disagree with the above poster regarding your seat. I am sorry to say, but I feel that your seat is at the place where a lot more flat work would be my recommendation, were I your trainer. Sounds kind of harsh, I know.

it looks to me that you are riding too much by a grip with your knee, which brings your lower leg off the horse, and makes your butt come out of the saddle in the canter. The stiffness in the grip makes you pop up and down when the horse canters, bopping his back and making him hollow out. I think you'd be best to sit down into the canter when you are trying to settle him, instead of bracing into te stirrup, and balancing on the reins, like after the first jump.

the horse's changes in speed and energy make it hard for you get into sync with him, that is why it is best if you can get more energy at the trot, so you are closer to the energy of the canter that the horse needs to pick up out of the jump.

These observations come from someone who does not jump, so I cannot offer specific advice on how to correct that, since I don't ride in jump saddle, and the balance is a bit different. hopefully, some jumpers can give you better ideas on what specifically to work on.
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-21-2017, 02:45 AM
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Woke up and rewatched the video. Just as @tinyliny said, you seem to be a little stiff.
I had the same problem in the first years of my riding, and since I didn't have a trainer available ATM, I tried to do everything at a sitting position. Just trying to perfection moving with the horse in a sitting trot improved the way my position was.

Also, I don't wanna offend you, but has your horse thrown you off at some point? Because you seem a bit afraid of him having fast pace, and the small mistakes in the seat might point to the fact that you don't trust the horse entirely.

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Thanks everyone for your help. I'lll change the settings on the second video so hopefully you can see it. Those are defiantly things to think about I ride with the equestrian team at school so I'll be able to ride three days a week and I'll be able to work on my hands and seat.

@equesjumping I had fallen off Emma a few months earlier while jumping. But I don't think I'm afraid of her having a faster pace I just didn't want her to rush toward the jumps. Since she has a tendency to do that. Also she use to try to run out of the jumps. So maybe that is contributing to it. I feel like it would be easier for both of us if we had a larger arena to work in. I'll post another video I found of us a few months earlier.
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Here is another video from last summer.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-21-2017, 01:17 PM
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yes, the second video also shows that you are gripping with your knee and still popping up and down at the canter. perhaps doing so no stirrup work would help you to sit down into the saddle better to find the rhythm to be better synced with your horses rhythm

your mare is cute as a bug!
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-21-2017, 01:32 PM
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The jumping looks OK, but I noticed that you lean forward and to the side in corners. Try sitting straighter.
Oh and also, you have to sit deeper in the saddle.

I know that it feels safer to cramp up, not sit deeply and not give leg to the horse, especially after riding a horse that refused to jump. Had the EXACT same problems, but it's no good doing them.

What helped me was just doing what I was afraid to do. Also, I starightened my seat by thinking of myself as an aristrocat going for a trot It actually helped! And when in need of a deep seat, I just imagine that I'm a dressage rider who is watched by strict trainers lol. Seems to do the job. Aaaaand... a big arena isn't always gonna help.

Any other questions?

PS. You can do a lot with your seat. Slow her down, have more contact with Emma etc etc.. and before the jump, you should give her a nudge, so she wouldn't break into a trot.

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