Equitation Tips – Improve your riding with these tips

Equitation Tips – Improve your riding with these tips


hi there my name is Laura and welcome
to another video if it’s your first time here thank you so much for being here
I really appreciate it today you’re gonna get some riding tips and the
mechanics of writing and how important it is to have those angles hip angle
knee angle in your riding and if you like to improve your writing and
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don’t miss any new videos coming out so don’t miss out these pictures were sent
in by Belen and I want to thank Belen so much for sending these in it’s
excellent photos from the side . If you’d like to have your position reviewed send me an
email thistle Ridge at hotmail.com generally
overall this is a great picture of the rider from the side and you can see from
this picture here that she looks like she’s in great shape she’s not
interfering with the horse and the horse is going nicely over the jump one of the
big things I noticed is that there’s a great loop in the rain and the judges
like to see the loop in the rain when you’re giving a release but let’s get
deeper into some of these things here first thing you always notice is are
their eyes up yeah this riders got their eyes up and looking forward
looking around for the next jump rope seeing what’s going on in front of her
really good it’s important to have your eyes up because you can see where you’re
going he’s number one and it helps to keep
your back flat and the rest of your body and the line
top of a jump and you can see here in this picture that the rider does have a
good flat back and her eyes are up the judge can tell if you have your head up
in your eyes up by the peak of your helmet and if the peak of your helmet is
up horizontal then that means that you’re looking up and looking straight
if the peak of your helmet is down going down this way then that means that
you’re looking down and that makes your body round so keep your eyes up very
good the next photograph here you can see I’ve highlighted the heels of this
rider yeah sure her heels are down and we’ll give her a 7 on 10 for her heels down but it looks like one the stirrup is not on the
ball of her foot it’s too much got too much toeing in the stirrup and number
two her stirrups are looking a little bit long so when you’re going over jumps you
should adjust your stirrup from your flat riding position when you’re riding
on the flat the top of your stirrup tread should hit the bottom of your
ankle bone and when you’re going over jumps the top of your stirrup tread
should hit the top of your ankle bone so when you’re going over a fence says you
should shorten your stirrups a couple holes just to keep your angles closed
and it’s really important to get your angles close we’re going to talk about
that in the next one where we go over this riders heel to help get your heels
down do some of these exercises right here there’s an excellent exercises that
you can do to help get your heels down but also to help get your heels down put
your stirrups two holes from your flat position what you ride on the flat what
your ride over fences are two different things because we need to
compress those angles in your hip and in your knee and a your ankle to help absorb
the jump and to help you stay with your horse when you go over fences to help
get your heels down and be with the horse a little bit better think of this
angle at your knee now I don’t have a protractor here with me but if you get
someone does with them grab it put it on the screen of your video here and tell
me what that angle is I kind of guessed at it and I think this
angle here around the hip to the knee to the ankle as about 140 150 and what we’d
like for it to be is to be about a hundred and fifteen degrees in
shortening up your stirrup one or two holes will help get that and you can see
the difference between this position where your knee angles a little bit open
and and the next photo here where I put it in green that it’s a little bit more
closed and it’s necessary to have that a little bit more closed so that you can
absorb the shock it’s kind of like a shock absorber in a car or on your
mountain bike that you need to have those angles closed just a little bit
more so that you can absorb the shock of the landing of the horse and also to
help you or your body stay with the horse so if you do have a protractor in
there and you can measure it great put it in the comments below what you what
you measure that angle to be I make it to be 115 degrees just a little bit
overnight though the correct stirrup length will definitely help you with
getting this angle correct looks like your stirrups are too long so shorten um I
really like this riders elbows they’re just about 90 degrees but we would like
to have them a little bit closer to that breastplate
right here she’s got a floating release you can see that third her hands are not
on the sides of the neck we’d like to see the riders hands on the sides of the
neck she does have a great release there’s no contact she’s not interfering
with the horse I’m just getting nitpicky here and you
can see that her hands are above the neck you can see some daylight between
the horse’s neck and her hands coming your hands a little bit closer keeping
your elbows at that 90 degrees but having your hands closer to the
martingale strap or a breastplate just get your shoulders back a little bit
better and help you save with the horse and you can see here that there’s a
lovely release right no interference whatsoever with the horse really love
that this riders got a seat over the middle of the saddle not over the pommel
of the saddle having your seat over the seat of the
saddle he’ll get that lovely balance alignment shoulder knee toe so this
stuff but the horse a little bit it’s kind of difficult because he’s not
really jumping because the jumps are quite small breathe in the middle of a
canter stride he looks really soft and kind and relaxed he’s good as neck is
rounded but he’s not really pretty much effort because it jumped is so small
well we’d like to see this horse when they’re jumping kept their nice waist up
a little bit more but we can’t do that unless the jumps are a little bit bigger
for this horse overall this rider is in balance with divorce really love
she’s got a nice release and staying with the horse and in balance like for
her to shorten dur stirrups up a couple holes just to so that she can close that
knee angle close that hip angle close that ankle angle and stay with the horse
a little bit better have her stirrups up shorter so she can get her heels down
but the stirrup on the ball of your foot will also help out a generally great job
though really nice now it’s your time to get involved send me a photo send me an
email thistle ranch at hotmail.com if you got
a photo you’d like to have some comments on and love to hear from you if you’re
looking for some other ideas some what you can do in your riding
take a look at these videos right here there’s some excellent ideas that you
can use in your next riding session my name is Laura that I use this stuff go
hug your horse go use this stuff thanks now bye

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