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        11-05-2009, 12:15 AM
    I agree with Allison, you look pretty tense, especially in that second picture. I think if you lower your stirrups, your leg with lengthen and this will help with multiple things, such as heels further down, relaxing into a deeper seat. It is a nice position over all though.
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        11-05-2009, 12:23 AM
    Ummmm..... I find it hard to tell by pictures
    I would have to see you ride to tell you!
        11-06-2009, 06:43 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by easyluckyfree    
    I think your heels should be down more. Other than that, I think you're good
    I agree, your heals are not up but they are not down eaither. Other then that you have a nice posistion.

    Its the wrong type of saddle below but anyway you want something like the second picture. The third one the toe has become pointed outwards.

        11-06-2009, 07:49 AM
    Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
    What type of english riding are you wanting to do? It does make a difference. Hunter? Western style HUS? Dressage? Combined training?
    Yes, this information is needed before the question about you needing to lean more forward can be answered.

    If you do open shows or breed shows then no you are not too far back. If you do the hunter thing at hunter shows then yes, you are too far back.

    I think part of the problem is you look too stiff.

    I agree on the stirrups being too short and I too have never heard of shortening your stirrups to use spurs. And yes, you need to get your heels down.
        11-06-2009, 04:32 PM
    All right, I'll work on it this week. I don't really know what kind of riding I want to do. I really like dressage and hunter. Other than that I just like to ride around haha.
        11-07-2009, 01:52 PM
    I think you actually have a very good posture for dressage, besides the stirrups. They are WAY too short. Lengthen them maybe 3 holes and you will feel a huge difference. You will be more secure in the saddle.

    Then your arms look a little tense. Try relaxing your upper body and bring your hands a little closer together in the fourth picture. Another thing is you must never get chicken arms where your elbows move out. Keep them next to your body.

    And then most important, heels down. That will help loads with your posture and security in the saddle.

    Hope that all helps, and good luck. = )
        11-07-2009, 06:32 PM
    1st off your horse is sooooo pretty! But heels down is all I can tell also try to relax your hand and arms a bit more but other than that you 2 are cute together
        11-08-2009, 09:58 PM
    I really think your body position is very nice, actually. I normally sit in that position and if I lean forward at all my trainer tells me to sit back. If you read any English riding book it will tell you to sit the exact way you are positioned. I agree that your heels need to be down, looks like your stirrups are too long your toes should be higher than your heels but otherwise you look great!

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