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post #1 of 9 Old 06-18-2015, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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I'm BAAAAAAACK !! :) 6/17/15

Some of you may have seen my rather melancholy post in the 'Horse Talk' section last night... Well after reading through everyone's comments I realized that I can make due with what I have and work even harder for things I want to change. Anyway, here is a little entertainment video I put together for my YouTube account, but eq critiques are still welcome.

I was VERY happy with how Finn did today! I haven't ridden much in the last month or so, but Finn rode like a champ today. He was listening to my bending aids, collecting, extending, etc. Very proud momma. I'm gonna find time to build a couple of jumps, but as you all know I'm a perfectionist, so I don't want the jumps looking dilapidated. I personally like the round pen bc I think it well help us both with balance, his collection, and his bending.
After watching the clips this is what I noticed about my riding personally:
  • Get my thumbs on top, no puppy dog hands
  • Close my heel, feet, and calf around Finn's barrel so he has more contact and I have more balance
  • Instead of bending my arms when I come up from posting and straightening back out when I come down, I should keep my elbows bent at my sides for flexion, and post toward Finn's neck, rather than just up and down (rotate my pelvis toward his neck). Hope that one made sense.
Feel free to comment about anything else! Thanks!https://youtu.be/ClUqilXWVr8

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I agree with you on the last two points (I don't have glasses on at the moment and can't see your hands too well)

With your legs notice how they keep coming in and out, in and out like your leg is locking and bumping against his side. Is this intentional or not? If its intentional you need to work on asking and following through instead of nagging after him which will eventually "dull" him to your cues (trust me I've worked through this). If its not intentional focus on flexing at your ankles up/down instead of in/out where when you come out of the saddle your heels drop ever so slightly down and when you come down your heels will feel like they are coming up even more slightly but really remaining neutral. This will also help lengthen that leg.

If your 3rd point is saying what I think its saying: you hit the nail on the head.

Other than that, in your posting you look like you're doing an awful lot of work to push yourself out of the saddle so it ends up looking something like: up....down. up....down. up....down (or that you are focusing and therefore taking too much time to rise out of your saddle) Try thinking either "up, down, up, down, up, down" or "down, down, down"

Being really picky, at the 4:10 mark when you ask for a halt you ever so slightly pull yourself up through the reins rather than sit down on your pockets to halt. Think "sit down, rock your shoulders back, and then bend through your elbows to take away the slack" rather than to pull your horse back. Have you ever tried halting without reins?

Your riding looks super good though and take everything I say with a grain of salt, after all I think I just did the whole ~melancholy post in the Horse Talk section~ thing. Best of luck!
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Very first thing I noticed was that you had him tied to the gate! Please don't do this, I have seen three fatalities when horses pulled back taking the gate with them.

Second thing which pleased me was how you used the correct hand for brushing him and changed hands when you changed sides!

It looks to me as if you rely to much on your stirrups. I think they can be a hole or even two longer. Try one down for a while and then try the next.

When you get on and several times while riding, put your hand under your tight from behind and pull all the flesh to the back, this will put your leg back a bit and flat on the saddle giving you more security with your lower leg.

You are aware of your hands which aren't to bad at all.
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correct hand for brushing? I did not know that there was a limitation on which hand you use on which side. I change frequently on both sides, due to hand pain.
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Finn is a handsome fellow!
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correct hand for brushing? I did not know that there was a limitation on which hand you use on which side. I change frequently on both sides, due to hand pain.
When grooming you should use the left hand with th brush left side of horse and change for the other side. There are times, like along the belly, where you need to change hands especially if you have a fit ticklish horse that doesn't like its belly brushed.

Standard thing here, taught from the Pony Club up.
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ok, not wanting to hijack this thread, but just one more post on the brush question:

why? I guess so that person is twisted a bit to be facing forward to watch the horse's reaction to being brushed? I think I generally do this, but sometimes will use right hand on horse's left side. I change them up to suit me.
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You aren't watching the horse's head as you should be standing sideways to him, facing the quarters. It is mainly for when using the body brush or strapping. Your weight goes onto the brush and I always do three strokes in the same place, then scrape the body brush against the metal curry which is in your other hand, you can get better weight behind it than using your outside hand.

If you have a horse that is ticklish and might nip at you, then you stand it at the end of its rope so it cannot swing it's head around.
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-19-2015, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry I've been absent, I've had so many appointments and work.

Anyway, thank you for everyone that left a comment! I will definitely take all of them into consideration. I will start working on my lower leg a lot more and bring my heels more pointed toward Finn so my entire leg is closed around him. Again, I really appreciate all of this since right now it is my only source "lessons".

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