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post #1 of 9 Old 06-26-2014, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Re-Rider critique

Working through a lot of bad habits... so I will not be offended when they are pointed out!


And, just for a lot of laughs, my very first ride on this horse

And my second ride:

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-26-2014, 03:03 PM
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I only looked at your first and last video. In your first one, you look very unbalanced, and I was going to suggest some longeline sessions either bareback or without stirrups to get your seat. But in the last video, you have a nice position and balance, so you seem to have gotten it back.

In the last video, I'd like you to look at your hands and reins while you post. Every time you rise, your hands rise with you, which yanks on the reins. Many horses won't tolerate this, or will be reluctant to move forward well like this. It's very very common. Breathe, relax your shoulders, elbows, and wrists, and focus on keeping your hands in the same place even as your body rises. Soften your whole arm. To start with, let your pinkies touch the horse's mane while you post, so you get the feel for steady hands and looser arms.
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I FELT really unbalanced in that first video. I just couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong!

On another of my posts, a poster mentioned that the saddle I'm in is pitching me forward (jumping saddle). I'm hoping to be able to afford a new saddle soon for flatwork. :)

Thank you for your input!

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You looked more balanced in the winter videos. Was that a different saddle?
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The first ride videos are in an English... I felt terribly insecure as it was an old "flat" saddle with no support whatsoever.

The second was a western... and I rode western for over 20 years. ;)

The third was my JC jumping saddle. I got it because it was cheap and I like the JCs at the barn... but I thought it was an AP and not a jumping saddle. :(

My goal is to get a Kieffer dressage. The MW fits Striker well and the size 2 seat fits me well. Right now though.... definitely not in the budget. :(

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Another, longer video. (Lots of "commentary" by my trainer - to another rider - and by my 3 year old so turn off the sound if you want).


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post #7 of 9 Old 06-27-2014, 02:55 AM
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in the vid above ^^
I would suggest shortening your irons a wee bit. That may help you to sink your heel down instead of reaching for your stirrup.

Just a thought.

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Thanks, well give that a try. I'm a western convert, and am used to riding with too long stirrups. ;)
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-27-2014, 11:25 PM
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Really sink down into your heels more, and in the first video you look like you're leaning way foreword.
I can't watch the others right now but previous posters say they look good!
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