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Here is our riding video!!!!


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Jun. 23rd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Great video. You guys look so good. Nice lope. You can tell you have been doing the stick to the fence exercise! Cricket did great.

A few things I noticed are:
Are your stirrups too long? Can you post at the trot. If you stand up in the stirrups and there is less than 3" between you and the saddle, they might be too long. Shorter stirrups will help you keep your upper body weight back at the lope. It looked like she tossed you forward and out of balance a couple of times.

The other thing, and I heard this a lot to the clinic I went to, is release quicker with the flex. As soon as her nose starts to your boot, let go.

Now, I would like to see a post of the things YOU saw in the video. We learn so much from watching ourselves. Tell me what you saw (and not just the bad stuff either)

Good job. It is great to see you in the saddle. And very nice video, too. Thanks for sharing.
Jun. 25th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Thanks John!! Yes, my stirrups are too long. I told everyone in my email that so I wouldn't get trashed haha. They are on the last holes, and the straps are nylon, so I have to find something that can make the bigger hole and then seal it.

I am posting a little, but her easy trot is easy to sit! I never have been a fan of western posting...

What *I* see: good and bad, in no particular order: my stirrups are too long. (haha) I think I grab on the reins too much, they aren't completely loose. When I guide her I might be pulling on the opposite rein, these are closed "roping" reins so I don't worry about dropping them. She wants to rest in the far corner, where she stopped on her own. I rested her there and she never forgot it!! I need to do more work at the canter to go around 2-3 times. The first time I asked her to trot, I guess I took her off guard, and she put her head up, but the next time, she was more relaxed. She picked up the canter in just a few strides, and that was better than just a few days before! She did bounce me once, someone was leaving the driveway right behind us, and for some reason she was startled, and I grabbed that one rein, and she stopped on a dime - and that's when I went forward. I see she yields her HQs better on one side, but happy to see she is crossing her foot over the correct way! She chews the bit alot. I may have it down too far, but its still in her bars. She is much more relaxed now than when I tried this in March, and her mindset is 100% better, too. She's accepted that this is what horses do. haha! I think that we go for "field trips" out on the road helps her see that it's not always work work work, we will have fun, too.

The flex - I was waiting to feel that give for sure... I will watch to make sure I'm not holding her too long.

Oops, I didn't do this as a post! HAHA, sorry! Thanks for your comment, and asking me what I see!!

We're going to work on the "whoa" very soon... I think she'll get that very quickly!
Jun. 25th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Nice analysis! Good work.
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