Equitation Tips and how to improve your riding

Equitation Tips and how to improve your riding

Hi there and welcome to another video bringing you the best Hmm bringing you the best insider tips and information to help improve your writing and training and maybe even help you with your horse show placings if it’s your first time here remember to Like this video subscribe and hit the bell icon. So you don’t miss any new videos coming out today’s video is brought to you by Charity, who was so thoughtful and sent in some pictures for us to do a position review So if you would like to have your own position review done Then remember send in your own photos from the side preferably to Thistle Ridge at hotmail.com Position review today is for Charity. And thank you so much for sending in all these lovely photos in and Let’s get started as always when we’re doing the position reviews We’re going to just go over what we like Some improvements that you can do and some exercises that you can do to help improve your riding position And remember these are just a snapshot of what’s happening at that moment So if I see that you’re a little ahead little behind your legs are slipped That is just something that’s happening at that moment And maybe you don’t always ride like that just happens that that’s when the photo was taken So here’s our first photograph. One thing I like to say is that you know She’s really dressed up Looks like she’s in a horse show love those sheepskin saddle pads and looks really great and you can see here She’s got her eyes up. Okay, first of all, I Like the way this person is Turned out what she’s wearing for her ride. She’s got breeches and boots and love that She’s got a belt on if your riding pants have Belt loops on it then you should be wearing a belt And gloves love that too Really like the straight back this writer has on on her position her back is straight You can see that I put a green line here where her back is. It’s Nitin straight. She’s not rounded or Oopsie, she’s not rounded over her back, but she is nice and flat looking up straight ahead really like that You can see that she’s over top of the jump that the horses going over top of the jump Like to see a little bit more of a release in her hands so that the reins are a little bit loose You can see that her hand is following the horse’s mouth, which is nice but I’d like to see just a little bit more release and When you’re doing your release remember to push your hands right onto the neck So this part in your hand is pushed right against is pushed right against the horse’s neck So it helps support your upper body. You can see here. There’s a little bit of a floating release and that just gives a Sloppy hand position and you need to have your upper body supported a little bit more now let’s look at her leg position her leg position looks like she’s rotated her calf on to the horse so that her toes are coming out and the back of her riding boots so that the seam of the back of a riding boot is Getting onto the horses sides, so that means that she’s rotating from her knee and her toes are going from straight ahead to rotating outwards and her whole leg is Twisted outward keep the weight on your baby toe to help keep your foot Parallel to the horse or more parallel to the horse. We want to keep the inside of your Calf on the horse, not the back your cap But the inside of your cap and to help do that keep the weight down into your heel and pushing the weight equally on your on your Ball of your foot and slightly more on the outside part of your foot to help turn your toe in So it’s not this way but slightly turned out what’s this if this is zero, and that’s ninety a little bit more like about forty degrees your That your toes stuck out too far. Keep your toes to the front. Here’s your hands your hand position You can see from looking up your hand. You have a soft hand, which we really like following hand Your elbows are relaxed, but you have to have your hands pressed onto the neck of the horse and keep your hands level It looks like your left hand is slightly higher Maybe you’re doing a turn. Maybe you want to influence the lead? I don’t know but it looks like you’re a little bit off-balance Your shoulders are twisted slightly and you want to keep your hands level as you’re going over top of the jump Your seat is in the over top of the pommel of the saddle and we’d like to have your seat closer to the Back of the saddle here that your seat is well ahead of the the horse your seat is over the pommel of the saddle We’d like to have your seat closer to the middle of the saddle over the seat of the saddle more towards the back at the saddle So when you’re set when your seat is over top of the pommel like this It tells the judge that you are standing up in your stirrups, and it gets to be kind of mechanical so You have to be able to feel the horse feel the horses foot coming and close your hip angle without standing up in your stirrups standing up in your stirrups is a way for riders to stay with the horse, but it’s a Oftentimes you get ahead of the horse and this is what’s happening here So here’s the culprit here is that you’re pinching with your knees? Your knees are well into the saddle, which is okay, but you are pinching and rotating So your leg is slipped back and your upper body tips forward and the pivot point is your knee So if we were to put hold you at your knee we could turn you back and forth and that’s what’s happening right here So you’re pinching with your knee and you’re pivoting forward onto your knee and that? Makes your lower leg swing back and you’re providing go too far forward this is where we like to have your seat more towards the seat of the saddle more towards the cantle of the saddle and That’ll help bring your body more in balance with the horse Once again Beautiful eyes are up looking forward looking straight and you can really see here That you’re pinching with your knees and your lower leg is slip back Pinching with your knees lower leg is slipped back this your seat is well over the thumb of the saddle and your your If we took that horse out from underneath you you’d fall and you fall right on your stomach So we want to have the idea in your head that if you could take that horse away from you from underneath you by Magic that you would be able to land on your feet and stay in balance with yourself as well as with the horse Here’s that all familiar straight line shoulder knee toe and you can see when we draw a straight line shoulder knee toe that the line is Very much Very much as an angle It’s not almost you know that that’s quite an angle So if we were to take that voice away from underneath you that you would fall onto your stomach onto your face So this green arrow shows? Where we’d like to have your leg position a little bit more pushing your heels down and forward Closer to the girth so that you can keep your balance over top of the stirrup rather than onto your knee keep it over top of your stirrup with the Weight down into your stirrup and into your heel rather than onto your knee. You can see that this is a pivot point Few comments on your schooling or if this was a horse show even if it’s an in-house schooling show Safety is really important. I Noticed on some of the jump standards that the jump cups were left on please remove the jump cups It’s just a safety thing if they’re not in if there’s not poles and the jump cups remove the jump cups It’s just safety and there’s a lot of poles on the ground. There are One take off rail a ground line on the take off side. That’s great but when you have the one of the middle poles Up higher it it’s just it’s not correct. So remove the other Things that aren’t being used as jumps or put a filler in there rather than having these poles on the ground Okay, so let’s talk a little bit about the horse and the horses jumping This is a nice little horse here the bay horse He’s got his knees up and you can see he’s bicycling quite a bit here bass killing means Rounded curve throughout his body using himself properly over top of the jump. So this is a nice jump I just put a green line there we can see the bascule Which is the worst rounding over top of this jump? This is the little bay horse, it looks like it’s getting tired. Maybe it’s at the end of the day it’s nostrils are flared and he’s He’s okay with his left front or she is okay with his left front, but his right front leg is getting tired His knees are up. Okay but he’s quite loose Bellona looks like he may even have Knocked the jump with this foot here and let me just see if I can that’s an indication and if you do Touch a jump without knocking it down. The judge does mark that down Because it’s a sign that the horse is getting tired It’s a sign that the horse isn’t quite as careful with its legs as it should be and a horse That doesn’t tick the jumps. If everything else is all the same if it has all its spots and everything is beautiful a Horse that really has a hard knock is that maybe should have been around will play slower than a horse. That doesn’t have a tick on the jump So what kind of exercises can this writer do to help improve our riding position One thing you can do and it’s always a good idea to include 10 or 15 minutes of this is riding without stirrups riding without stirrups Every time you ride will help develop your seat and leg and balance When you’re riding your horse It doesn’t have to be a lot You can do walk a little bit of trot when you are riding and doing your practice rides or doing a training session Don’t be afraid to ride without strips at the walk. It’s very helpful Another great exercise to do is practicing your two-point position over trot rails set up some truant rails Send up some truck rail twat whales Set up some trot rail aiming on your horses stride And go through all go through the trot rails at rising trot and at two-point trot And it’s sitting trot to help develop your seat and your legs and get your balance over top of your legs great exercise is to have a Two-point position putting your hands one hand behind your back on your lower back Then your other hand on your back and your lower back So you’re going one time with? Holding onto the reins with your right hand and one time going through the trot rails holding on the reins on your left hand That’s a very simple exercise that you can do to help balance on your own Lakes Very important not to balance on the horse’s mouth if you need to you say Do not balance on the horse’s mouth If you find yourself falling back in the saddle Get a neck strap so you can hold on to the horn hold on to it. So you don’t fall back on the horses back But most likely you will do is probably tip forward So this is a very good exercise – point Do rising tried on the short sides at the ring to point down the long sides of the ring? When you’re out riding You’ve been having any question Amazon.com and take a look at this book right here. It’s a Kindle and Kindle format it’s a Kindle and Kindle format and it’s Got a list of excellent exercises that you can do to help improve the writing and develop your base of support My name is Laura and and if you’d like to improve your writing and training I Generally like on the pursuit related stuff remember to subscribe Thanks now abide Forgot to say this last time go hug your horse Don’t like your horse up in the tree. Thanks now. Bye

2 thoughts on “Equitation Tips and how to improve your riding

  1. If I sent in a video of a hunter ride would you be able to review it? My first show of the season is ens of April and I would love your opinion on my round !

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