Video analysis on day 3 with Jeff Sanders in South Australia

By , April 9, 2017 11:31 pm

Day 3: The plan is to record everyone and then watch the recordings, notice what was both good and not so good, then ride again in the afternoon and focus on whats needs fixing.

As a warm up I did a circle with shoulder in, move the HQ out and then power out of it, keeping the HQ engaged the whole time & imaging a bull was coming straight for me.

A list of things I need to do:

– look up
– flat back
– When I want horse to stop really sit on my seat bones
– hands in small box at the pommel
– weight on inside seatbone, also going on a circle not to lean out
– level shoulders
– smile & relax

We videoed everyone. Here is some of the feedback:

Common issues:

– To ask the HQ to move over, first turn your toe out. Secondly move your whole leg back from the hip, don’t just bend from the knee as that will mess up your posture. From the hip means less tension in your body.

– Look up. When people looked down while doing lateral moves on the video there horses got slower and got stuck in their movements.

Your shoulders should be over your hips, not ahead or behind your hips.

Don’t have one shoulder randomly further back than the other one.

My feedback:

Moving the hind out wasn’t working very well. Instead if I ask with my toe out and moving my leg from my hip it should help a lot.

Some times my inside hand is too high.

When doing lateral work, I have to relax my legs and not tense up.

With the reins, use my fingers first before I move my hands. Also keep my hands in a little box area at the pommel, and adjust reins as needed.

On a circle I fall out slightly with my seat.

If we have any unscheduled wobbles of direction, I have to fix them with my seat and not with my hands.

Interesting note:

If you sit back in trot, then this results in the angles of the hind legs is less than the angles of the front legs in trot. So don’t sit back in trot. This is the fashion right now.

There are 4 main areas we can get into trouble with our posture:

– Hands
– Legs
– Hips
– Shoulders

When our weight is on the inside, don’t collapse the ribs and don’t tilt your shoulders.

When you look at a rider from behind, if you can see their two hands, their hands are too wide.

If you have longer stirrups, then it helps to keep the contact in the inside of your leg. This is better.


To move the hind end over, I have to turn out my toe, and move my leg back from my hip, not just from my knee. The result was MUCH better movement from Kola.

Keep my hands together in a little box. Then shorten and lengthen the reins frequently as needed.

Both of these concepts together resulted in excellent shoulder in and HQ in.

For my posture, I am a bit too straight so I have to slump more when I’m asking the horse to stop, and have my seat more under me / sit on my jeans pockets when I want to stop, so it feels different to the horse.

To stop, I sit on my tailbone, close my fingers and say ‘ho’.

To ask for walk, don’t just sit up and tense up, instead raise my body and my energy and don’t tense up.

When doing lateral work, the leg that isn’t doing much should be relaxed.

People who slump in the saddle have better stops. People who are straighter in the saddle have better lateral work. So we usually all have to adapt a little depending on what our ‘current’ posture is.

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