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In Topic: And I'm New! Looking For A Critque

06 June 2011 - 07:49 PM

What about this saddle? I know I would have to get irons and stirrup leathers with it, but $200 bucks?

In Topic: And I'm New! Looking For A Critque

06 June 2011 - 07:20 PM

Okay I will do that, do you think I could find a used one for about $500?

In Topic: And I'm New! Looking For A Critque

06 June 2011 - 10:55 AM

Well thank you both!

Yes the whole strength issue... I want to run a 5k this summer so maybe with running and doing some great ab work out that could really do some wonders for me. My biggest thing was changing the way I ate, and weight watchers have helped immensely with that.

I feel in LOVE with Paige the minute I saw her! She was adorably feminine and just a sweet heart in general. She has typical "mare" attitude but shes so darn cute! She actually reminds me incredibly much of my gelding with the softness in her eye. The only "dislike" (not my favorite word either) Is her inability to walk out haha. She walks out with much persistant effort, but I also think she needs a little time to muscle up and become a bit more athletic herself. I know she was only rode on the weekend prior to me riding her full. And I am a bit heavier of a rider than what she had previously, but once she gets going she has a very nice extended trot and I enjoy her canter. She will be amazing to learn off of and I am so excited about that.

Also the saddle I am currently riding in is a 16 inch.
what do you think of this dover circuit elite? its a 16 1/2 inch, do think that will give me enough lee-way when riding?

It seems like a good price and that it would be a great all around saddle. Thank you :)

In Topic: So, I'm About To Go Crazy..

05 June 2011 - 10:18 PM

The college thing can really put a damper on riding full time :( I would really try and see if you can't find a barn to volunteer at, or honestly I am not sure what it is like in OK but in Michigan there are always looking for people to ride their horses. Put an ad on craigslist and say "You don't have the money to take lesson but are really want to ride or be around horses." I've had several friends end up just riding horses for other people who don't have.

Someone has mentioned about a theraputic riding stable? Thats also an AMAZING idea. I've done that quite a few times myself :) Good luck and keep your head up! I am sort of going through the same thing and am JUST getting back into riding because of the stress of college.

In Topic: And I'm New! Looking For A Critque

05 June 2011 - 07:13 PM

Thank you for all the advice, that was really great insight for me. That is my most troublesome problem right now is keeping my leg steady and still. My instructor had suggested doing two-point work and also 5x5x7? I believe its called? Where I sit 5 strides at the trot, post 5 strides then two-point 7 strides and repeat. I will definitely try these exercised and if I end up riding by Wednesday or Thursday I will try and have my friends take a video of me so I can post some more.

Unfortunately today when I rode, I noticed my left leg and foot going numb and my inner thigh has been quite sore since I started riding so I am worried about a pinched nerve. I am going to take a couple days off from riding and hopefully get into see a chiropracter or the doctor.

As far as myself, you can called me by my board name gitana, spanish for gypsy. I had a paint gelding for 8 years and had to sell him this past year due to cost :( I wasn't riding him consistantly the past three years anyways because of college. I attend Michigan State and will be entering my fifth year this fall and graduating in the spring! I am really excited to begin this new chapter with horses and I hope this little pinched nerve doesn't get in the way of it! I can post some pictures of my gelding a little bit later on. Paige is 13 and OTTB and I am leasing her for the summer while I am in Illinois and making good money to afford it :) I am supposed to go to my first MIHJA show on june 25th, so I am hoping I can get enough lessons and practices in between then. I know I won't be doing anything crazy, just some good entry level classes.

First -45 pounds- that's awesome! Keep up the hard work. That takes a whole lifestyle change and a lot of dedication, and you should be really proud of that. Riding will get easier and easier as you get fitter and fitter, and riding will help you get there too!

Second- you look pretty solid over all, you're not overfacing yourself of your (very cute and willing looking) horse, you've even dressed the english hunter/jumper part beautifully. While a lot of people may not think that matters to me it shows respect for the sport and for yourself and your horse. So you get an A+ there.

The fact that you know you're on the wrong diagonal at one point is good, knowledge of a problem is the first step to fixing it. Keep paying attention to that now and eventually it'll be second nature and you won't have to think about it any more.

What I see over the jump is you trying really hard to do the right things. I see you reaching up the neck for a release, staying tall but out of the saddle, and trying to hold yourself with your leg. What I also see is you being either a bit novice or a bit weak through the landing part of the jump, and your hands and seat both fall back before your horse's hind legs get back to the ground. Even if you're coming back after the hind feet have cleared the jump, you really shouldn't be sitting down until the feet are on the ground. While it's a small difference over an X, it's a huge difference over a big oxer. Create a correct habit now, and you won't have to re-learn later. I feel like this is a bit of a weakness rather than a novice problem since the same sort of looseness shows in your canter work, just to a lesser degree.

You have stellar balance, I love that you pet your horse every time, and you're doing a lovely job riding good corners and a good line to the jump from what I can see. (This might sounds stupid, but there are lots i's dotted and t's crossed here, so A+ there.) You're looking up, you have a nice, straight back, and by riding with loopey reins you're not pulling on your horse's mouth.

The biggest thing I think you need to work on is your core and leg so that you're better able to support yourself and your horse as you jump. At 4:23 or so as you canter across the far end of the ring I can see your knee and thigh doing a circle on your saddle with the canter stride. You should, in theory, be still on your saddle at canter, and only move slightly over the jump. I know it's harder in a saddle that doesn't fit, but we can always improve.

I'd pop your stirrups up a hole or two, give yourself a little more bend in your knees, and do lots of work in two-point, making sure you're bending at the knees and hips, to keep your seat over the middle of your saddle. From there you can do extra strengthening work like holding your hands wide so you can't touch the neck and doing "sit ups" where you bring your chest all the way down to touch the mane, then back up. Do 3 sets of 5 reps to start, and every 2 says you do them alternate adding 2 reps or 1 set until you can do 8 sets of 15 reps. This is easier standing still, but is more beneficial done at trot. (try it out standing at walking first!) The crucial part of this exercise is that you keep your lower leg in position under your hips. You might even find that it's useful to tie the inside branch of your stirrup irons to your girth (loose-ish, with about 4-6 inches of swing,) with a light string. Use something light enough that it will break if you pull on it hard, so if you fall or something happens you won't be stuck because of it. We use number strings from shows, but I'd look for something closer to embroidery floss to start out. It's not meant to hold your iron in place, it's meant to be there so that if you swing your leg drastically, especially while doing "sit ups" you have something to catch you and make you aware of your lower leg movement.

While you canter think about holding your upper body still in relation to your horse. That's not totally still, but you don't want to be pumping. find a short crop or bat, take the handle of it and tuck it in the belt of your breeches, right in front. The end of the crop should be between your chin and your eyes. If it needs to be longer find a longer crop, shorter you can tuck it in a bit more. As you ride the crop should be steady just in front of your face, not be tap tap tapping you. As you ride down the rail, your belt should remain level. (This is hardest at sitting trot.) In dressage riders use their hips to follow and even direct the horse. As you jump you need to be stable and strong in your hips for balance and stability over the jumps... this is the best way to practice this on the flat.

I'd also work on getting your legs stronger and more still. The most efficient way would be to work without your irons and keep working on being still with your leg and body. Two point without your irons especially. However, for this to work you have to hold your leg in the proper position (heel under your hip and heel down) and ride as if you have irons, keeping your leg in the same place and above all, not pinching with your knees.

As you continue to jump think about holding your bootay out of the saddle from takeoff until a stride after the jump, and holding mane at least as long as you hold your bootay out of the saddle for the jump.

And finally- Welcome to our little section of the board! Please introduce yourself tell us a little about your horse! (Name, age, breed, etc.) Good luck and I hope we'll see more of you and get to see your progress!

I'm sure you'll get to know all of us in time, but I'm Smiles, and if there's anything I can do to help or you have any questions let me know.