Watching Video Of Yourself Riding

It’s traumatizing.

At least for me.

stretching out in trot

Usually, I have to take a deep breath afterward.  Just to sort of, once again, come to terms with the fact that all that stuff is STILL going on!

And the horse is not getting better.  All because of you.  Or wait, maybe she is getting better…  Watching the little clips again.  Not sure.

difficult dressage

Then I watch it again, the day after, when more of the shock is gone.  And sort of wish I’d be interested in some other horse discipline.  One that could maybe have some, less, discipline to it.

That’s not going to happen.

I hate dressage

We’re going to be stuck here for some time – probably the rest of winter, while I figure out how to allow my horse to move more freely, rhythmic, and relaxed.  First two steps will be to stop doing strange things with the lower leg, and ignore the urge to buy into what she’s doing with her neck.

There’s so much going on (other than rushing forward, forget that – mare won’t rush.  Ever.).  Everything is very “busy” about the riding and there’s no natural flow to it.

Glimpses of her in the clips show where she could be – they last a short time, the rest look nothing like this.

Only New Year’s Promise:  To keep working on being a better rider for Gray Mare.

horse behind the leg

What about you?  Are you going to stand around and talk about doing it?  Or sit.  Or write.  Or actually do it?…

light contact with dressage horse

25 thoughts on “Watching Video Of Yourself Riding

  1. Welcome to my world! It is not easy to look at video of yourself. If I don’t do it on a regular basis then I am always flipped out about how bad I look. But if I do it at least once a month I get more realistic and better able to see what is really going on. Carry on with your grey mare! Onward ever onwards!

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    1. I may have to really take this to heart. Taking some short video monthly… I think you’re right, going to long in between, makes for too much flipping out… More than I can handle 🙂 Thank you for cheering us on!

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  2. Oh this sounds soooo familiar! I can only see the horrors when watching back videos…. but maybe, just maybe we’re being a bit to hard on ourselves? I was even at some point tempted to apologize to my trainer for waisting time on us when she thankfully (before I had the chance to do so) started a training by saying she could really see the progress and that I should keep on working in the same way. Keep up the amazing work! She looks great!

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I really appreciate you cheering us on.
      What bothers me most is the things I thought I’d erased, and they’re still happening. It’s the worst. And then especially when there are NEW, sometimes just as bad, stuff 😦
      Hahaha, I think I’m with you with apologizing to the trainer too. (Even if you never had time to get it out.) Sometimes it’s kind of a sheepish feel in how slow the progress is.

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  3. Watching video is very hard. I haven’t had one in a while but I have had photos and those help. I would urge you to look at those moments where it’s going well and see what it is that you are doing to help with that and thne work on doing more of that. If you look at it and think my hands/legs/contact/body postion suck then it’s hard to improve.

    I will be working on it as much as possible with the winter weather but when I can’t ride I’m going to keep exercising so that I can stay in some semblance of a shape that is not round….

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      1. Got it – I’m not sure how difficult the process is to comment outside the wordpress platform. I find I’m having much too hard of a time to do it on other platforms and sometimes they just ping back until I give up. Really appreciate having you here!

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    1. Thank you Teresa!
      I think we’re both in the same boat, with no mirrors, which makes it really hard to know much of what anything looks like, and then the shock is even bigger when we see it 🙂
      I look at any photo my boys are kind enough to snap when they are out (not very often), and it’s really helped with ankle and thigh position, as well as upper body not coming behind the vertical line as much. The video tells it all though, and right now, there’s no hiding it, no harmony… I’ll take your advice and start looking at it in a more positive way 🙂

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  4. I see some nice clips so at least there were some nice moments there! Watching video is painful but so very useful! I always hate them at first, but then after I’ve recovered, watching again I can see where there are some good things – and of course many things to continue to work on. It’s one of my best ways to learn because I’m a visual rather than an auditory learner, so it reinforces lessons like nothing else can. I don’t really believe it until I SEE it. You and Valiosa are improving – just look at pics from a year ago! Unfortunately, this darn sport takes a long, long time…but she is still young and there is no hurry, right? Enjoy the journey as best you can.

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    1. Oh Thank You Edie!
      This morning, I didn’t even want to ride. Went for something purely positive and productive. Because avoiding the whole thing is so useful right, haha 🙂
      Just ground work, watching her use herself with more regularity and flow, and also touching on canter poles for the 2nd time. First time was very confusing for her.
      This time, huge improvement and she had fun with it. We both needed a day of just fun.
      As always, my wonderful readers really help to just GET OVER IT, and carry on. Girthing up Monday again…

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      1. Pause, step back, take a break for some fun, gain perspective, and back at it…two steps forward, one step back…it’s the dance of dressage. Such fun, such frustration. We’re a crazy bunch, that’s for sure! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

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        1. Back on! And in good spirits after inhaling Marzipan, Chocolate, and Tri Tip.
          Be sure, I’m listening. A couple of day’s break, and really just gaining some perspective, and poof – two good rides materialized.
          Sure, she still twists at the poll, does weird things and bends weirdly on the right rein – but I’m making sure to stay less focused on that!
          Hope you’ve had wonderful days with the family too!!

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          1. Had a very nice Christmas except for being super sick with a cold AND my back deciding to go out. Why now? Why not? I don’t even know what I did this time, except that it was probably a lot of little things adding up to just too much. I’m off of Star for a week (of beautiful riding weather, I must add), and then we leave for a long trip to New Zealand (long anticipated, at last here!). So I won’t be riding until late January. Will I remember how? On the other hand, maybe Star will learn her flying changes from the trainer, if I’m lucky. One can hope…looking for that silver lining in being grounded for now.

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          2. Oh no! So sorry about the back – I know it can shut pretty much everything down. Even just driving the car 😦 I hope you can get help for it over the next several days so you can enjoy NEW ZEALAND!
            What a trip! You will have a blast, see wonderful things, and come back just as good of a rider as when you left!
            Sure, inner thighs will have to stretch a bit the first several days, but the rest will come back just fine 🙂
            Maybe this will be a cool breakthrough – renewed focus and some new tricks from the trainer – definitely a great way to start the year!
            Just a bit dreary right now, I get it. Chomp on the bit for a while, and a few weeks from now you’ll be in the saddle again!

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  5. From Deborah – don’t fret too much about riding nice in practice or seeing more perfection, that is why it is called practice. The video lets you to step back and watch what is going on during a ride and what you are doing. As a practical matter, it is better than mirrors. In competition, you don’t have mirrors to make adjustments. A video will make you cringe in the beginning, but as a tool in your training repertoire, it is indispensable.

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  6. Oh man.. This resonates strongly.. My formal riding experience is limited and I have only JUST started taking dressage lessons this year after self-teaching for the last 15.. My muscles hate me, and the EQ in my first lesson video is atrocious. But we all have to start somewhere and our horses will thank us for it later! You and your mare look amazing and I hope that my little one will come along comfortably.
    My biggest thing is I don’t want MY riding to affect her ability to move her body freely and comfortably. ❤ You rock Elinor

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    1. Many of us, all in the same boat 🙂
      I’m very much on the same page – really wanting to have my mare moving in comfort and building her self up through her work. Not tearing down.
      Incredibly hard to get there…

      LOVE your latest snow pictures! How adorable!

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    1. Video really helps – as painful as it is 🙂 If anything, you can try finagling up the mobile in a corner on a barrel and at least get to see something. Mine simply turns itself off after 5 minutes, but it’s OK, that’s about all I can stand 🙂 Good luck with it!

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      1. Yes, I know it does! That actually reminds me…when I was younger a friend and I tried to make a horseback movie lol I had a video camera on a tripod and we coned off the area we could see in the view finder. We only rode in that area. Pretty funny! I need to do video though. Especially since I ride by myself most of the time.

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