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post #1 of 10 Old 07-07-2014, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me what sucks please:)

Basically the video is chronological order, so it starts with the oldest videos to the most recent ones. Play in HD as after the first two minutes, the quality decreases a little bit. All is still visible though! :)
I have had Finny here for about two years and he has improved so much!
Please critique my riding, so I know how to improve HIS riding.
Thanks!

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-07-2014, 08:05 PM
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Your horse is adorable, first off. I would take him in a second, he seems to real enjoy jumping.

The biggest thing that sticks out to me, is your back rounding forward. At times it's almost bent in half towards his neck, especially in flat work. Over jumps, especially noticeable in the still frames, you look nice; just in between don't round your back!

You look like you're working so hard! While at the canter, you look like you're throwing your body forward every stride (almost pumping him with your seat); think about sitting up straighter and letting your lower body move with him, while your upper stays quiet. If it takes you moving around so much to keep him forward, then get him sharper off your aids. At the trot too, let him momentum push you out of the saddle, you don't have to pull yourself up every stride.

In down transitions, really noticeable at 1:49, work on stopping him by sitting really deeply and resisting him with your back; something to ask your trainer about. You're pulling him to a stop and it's literally lifting your butt out of the saddle, where you should be putting your butt deeper into the saddle to stop him.

I mean this all in the nicest way; sometimes criticism comes across as mean! You guys are a nice pair and really look like you enjoy being together.
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Your horse is adorable, first off. I would take him in a second, he seems to real enjoy jumping.

The biggest thing that sticks out to me, is your back rounding forward. At times it's almost bent in half towards his neck, especially in flat work. Over jumps, especially noticeable in the still frames, you look nice; just in between don't round your back!

You look like you're working so hard! While at the canter, you look like you're throwing your body forward every stride (almost pumping him with your seat); think about sitting up straighter and letting your lower body move with him, while your upper stays quiet. If it takes you moving around so much to keep him forward, then get him sharper off your aids. At the trot too, let him momentum push you out of the saddle, you don't have to pull yourself up every stride.

In down transitions, really noticeable at 1:49, work on stopping him by sitting really deeply and resisting him with your back; something to ask your trainer about. You're pulling him to a stop and it's literally lifting your butt out of the saddle, where you should be putting your butt deeper into the saddle to stop him.

I mean this all in the nicest way; sometimes criticism comes across as mean! You guys are a nice pair and really look like you enjoy being together.
Thanks so much for the feedback! Yes, I love him to death and it's no secret he loves to jump haha!
I agree with everything you said; I know I have to work on sitting back a little more, which I've actually been working on lately and I think I've gotten better. Definitely will take your advice and work on it.
You weren't mean at all!
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Not sure if you are going for hunters or jumpers? You have a solid leg and heals down all thr time which is good. But, you lean forward too much at the canter and it looks as though you are rocking your whole body forward and back like your trying to keep him going. Be still but move with your horse. For hunters thr goal is a nice even pace to jumps, but I noticed your horse rushes the jumps at a canter. My horse used to rush jumps and be very, very crazy jumping. It always helped if I rode consecutive days, lunged until she was very tired, or even I would act like we were going to a jump and slow down and halt before it a few times.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-07-2014, 08:53 PM
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My 3 year old granddaughter, Arleigh, just watched your video and said to tell the girl "She is doing good!"
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Not sure if you are going for hunters or jumpers? You have a solid leg and heals down all thr time which is good. But, you lean forward too much at the canter and it looks as though you are rocking your whole body forward and back like your trying to keep him going. Be still but move with your horse. For hunters thr goal is a nice even pace to jumps, but I noticed your horse rushes the jumps at a canter. My horse used to rush jumps and be very, very crazy jumping. It always helped if I rode consecutive days, lunged until she was very tired, or even I would act like we were going to a jump and slow down and halt before it a few times.
I haven't exactly thought about what specifically I want to do with him yet; however, personally, I prefer hunters as I think it looks really nice. But as you stated, he rushes toward jumps, which is why I trotted most of the jumps. I cantered one to see how he's behave. He just gets really excited, but I'm working on making him slow down before jumps.
I know I pump, which is what I'm working on now haha.
Thanks for the feedback!
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My 3 year old granddaughter, Arleigh, just watched your video and said to tell the girl "She is doing good!"
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Haha thanks!
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-07-2014, 09:48 PM
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I see the pumping, too. it's like you are rushing his natural rythm, in both the trot and the canter. maybe , are you trying to get more activity out of him? perhaps if you used leg or a crop instead of trying to "push" him into it with your seat.

i dunno . . . .
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-07-2014, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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I see the pumping, too. it's like you are rushing his natural rythm, in both the trot and the canter. maybe , are you trying to get more activity out of him? perhaps if you used leg or a crop instead of trying to "push" him into it with your seat.

i dunno . . . .
My goal is to actually slow him down... Haha I guess my body just naturally does that, but I'm fixing it.
Thanks tiny!
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-09-2014, 05:25 PM
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What I saw:
  • Pumping (seat) at canter - all dates.
  • Rider sitting too far forward (at canter) - sit more upright to get horse off their forehand and bring hind leg more forward - will provide horse with more power.
  • When circling bring outside hand (rein) AWAY from neck to help prevent popping shoulder to outside. Circle should be inside leg for bend in circle and outside rein to control direction on the circle.
  • Thumbs up for better hand/mouth alignment
  • Initially your trot work was funky - rider was pulling on horses mouth when posting. Later rider "fixed" it by planting hands on withers. Instead of doing that try opening your ELBOWS as you post up and closing them as you sit.
  • Lastly - work on the canter/trot transitions. You are ignoring them - so horse is ignoring them and thus only concentrating on jumping, nothing else in-between. Once both of you pay attention to ALL the work, from the second you mount until you dismount, you'll find things go much more smoothly. Instead he is working over jumps, ignoring - for the most part - inbetween jumps - then doesn't have it completely together when he comes up to the jumps again. So both of you remaining focused throughout the ride will improve the overall ride.
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