Equitation Tips – How to win at equitation

Equitation Tips – How to win at equitation


Today I’m gonna give you 5 tips that
you can use on your next equitation class so let’s get started. Hi there my
name is Laura welcome to another video if it’s your first time here, thank you
so much for being here. Really appreciate it. If you’d like to win more ribbons at
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bell icon, so you don’t miss any new videos coming out. So I’ve got these five
things to put them together because somebody expressly wrote to me and said
you know it’s been a while since I’ve shown I’ve noticed these things
happening in the show ring have things really change that much since I’ve shown
well to answer your question no they haven’t changed that we were when we
started writing drilled and drilled and drilled and drilled and drilled and
drilled and drilled about the proper riding position right now the focus is
mostly on competition and getting people into the competition ring. Right now the
business is is to get people into the competition ring so that they can be
competing and winning ribbons. The focus WAS riding, training, riding properly, and
riding in balance. Now the focus has changed to getting into the competition
ring. Number one thing that you have to be when you get into the equitation
class and remember that equitation is all about you. It’s about your position
and how you look on that horse and whether or not you’re in balance with
that horse the actual movement and horse performance is secondary to your
performance if you’re thinking hunter under saddle or a hat class or pleasure
horse or road hack one of those hack division classes or the under saddle
class of your hunter division that is on the horse and your position is secondary
to the horses performance o equitation is the rider hunter under saddle
pleasure is the horse keep those things separate and where they meet is where
your bum touches the saddle we’re gonna be talking about equitation today and
how your equitation position should be so that you can get noticed by the judge
in a good way so number one number one is you have to
be in balance with your horse this means no chair seat this means not
pinching with your knees and tipping forward this means not balancing on the
horses reins so generally speaking you have to be in balance with you it’s good
to be different if you’re a short step rider or whether or if you’re a junior a
rider or adult amateur rider overall thing but the overall thing is that you
have to be in balance with your horse you have to be in balance with your
horse and if you’re a short stirrup rider you have to be in balance with
your horse if you’re a junior be equitation Rider
you have to be in balance with your horse if your junior a equitation rider
you have to be in balance with your horse if you’re an adult and mature you
have to be in balance with your horse so that’s the first thing you have to be in
balance with your horse how do you know if you’re in balance with your horse can
you ride without stirrups if you can ride without stirrups and not balance on
the horse’s mouth then you’re probably riding in balance with the horse one of
the most common problems you see is people are not riding in balance and
they use the horse’s mouth to balance themselves on the horse so I challenge
you if you can do a posting trot a rising trot with your hands on your hips
then you’re probably okay if you need the reins to pull yourself out of the
saddle then you probably balancing on the horse’s mouth and not riding in
balance for two heels keeping your heels down is really important now why are
keeping your heels down why is that so important that is important because your
lower leg and your your heels are the foundation for your riding position if
your heels aren’t down that means the weight is not coming down and around
your horse and you want your weight to be coming down and around your horse to
keep yourself in your saddle doesn’t matter how strong you are you will not
be able to keep yourself in the saddle by gripping with your knees you need to
have a relaxed comfortable leg position with an even pressure around your leg in
the weight coming down into your heels don’t have your heels down you’re
probably gonna get crossed off the judges list one of the
other things that the judge looks for number three is eyes up eyes up is
really important because that helps keep your whole upper body in balance with
the horse we talked about our lower leg being in balance with the horse acting
acting as a foundation and anchor keeping the weight down into your heels
your upper body also has to be in balance with the horse and how are we
gonna do that think of your spine as a bunch of
building blocks one stacked up in front of the on top of the other and think
there’s a string going through those building blocks so think of your spine
as a bunch of blocks with a string going through the middle and that somebody is
pulling that string through the top of your head and realigning and lining up
all of those little blocks so think of slouching I’m floating and if I line up
and somebody have if I have my spine and there’s a string going through my spine
and somebody takes the string from the top of my head and pulls it and makes
everything tighter it’s going to align my spine and that’s the way you should
think about with your riding is that you are going to align your spine align your
spine and that keeps everything in balance another important thing to
remember is is your head your head weighs about 10 to 15 pounds and if you
keep your head in balance over top of your spine that’ll keep you in balance
over top of the horse sometimes people let their head fall forward they look
down there down to the diagonals they look down for
their leads and that puts 10 to 15 pounds off boughs and pulls you forward
if you keep your chin up and your neck in the back of your collar that’ll help
keep your spine aligned so you can stay in balance with your horse if you’d like
to have a position review send me an email with a couple of photos from the
side and I’ll do a position review for you if you’d like to see some other
position reviews take a look here there’s a whole list of position reviews
that you can look at before you go into your next tour show number four number
four is your arm position arm and hand position when you’re looking from the
side you should have a straight line elbow hand horse’s mouth this gives you
a straight line of communication and it for a relaxed contact with your horse to
get a straight line elbow hand horse’s mouth
your arms should hang naturally by your sides and then you bring your hand up so
there’s an angle at your elbow so hang your arms naturally at your side bring
your hands up to about 90 degrees that’s where your hand should be and
your hand should be about this far apart sometimes people drop their hands down
and wide that may gives you a rounded shoulder keep your elbows in at your
side thumbs up knuckles to the outside maybe
hey what’s that thirty degrees slightly to the inside not flat not straight up
and down but thirty degrees to the inside and
close enough that your thumbs can touch each other sometimes people people
arrive with their hands close together like this that’s not good and sometimes
their hands are wide apart and that’s not good either that makes you ride with
rounded shoulders find a way to check to see if you are riding and balance with
your horse as having a straight line ear shoulder hip heel so if you’re looking
from the side there should be a straight line ear shoulder hip heel and if you do
a line from the top from your ear shoulder hip heel it should be straight
line down if you keep those straight lines you’ll be in balance with your
horse if you’d like to win more ribbons at your next Horse Show improve your
riding and training or generally like other horsey related it’s done stick
around because there’s lots more videos here for you my name is Laura and thanks
so much see ya bye now now go use this stuff go hug your horse
go use this stuff see ya

8 thoughts on “Equitation Tips – How to win at equitation

  1. As always excellent tips, thank you Laura! This is like a play by play of what we should be doing in our lessons, either with a trainer or on our own.
    1. Balance….check!
    2. Heels down….check!
    3. Eyes up…..check!
    4. Arms: elbow, hand, horses mouth….check!
    5. Straight line: ear, shoulder, hip, heel…..check!

    Now I just need to go do it when I am on my horse! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Thank you so much Laura for providing these tips. They are so helpful, I feel like I'm getting a lesson that I can go and put to use when I am riding πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

  2. Recently watched a competition and the judge said he didn't like the backward release over jumps as opposed to giving the horse his neck or head. Could you please explain what the difference is?

  3. Hi I don’t know if you are still offering them but I am a hunter/jumper (riding in equitation classes this year) and Id like a position review. How do I get one?

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