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  • Had lots riding lessons and dont find myself improving
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    05-13-2009, 01:54 PM
Improving my position... [lots of pictures!]

Let's start with my legs shall we?
I think that my problem comes from me gripping with my knees instead of wrapping my leg around the horse's barrel. I feel it would also help to have my toes pointed forward more instead of to the side. Breaking YEARS of bad habits here...

I'll post some pictures and you guys tell me what you see?
Zeus (my new horse) is coming home the first week of June, so I can start working on all this very soon, we plan to be taking dressage and jump lessons. :]

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These are form about two years ago, legs were better since I was riding more regularly. Btw, the horse was super green, and only just being broken in so don't critique him or my super loose reins.


Trotting. He looks like a giraffe! Ha ha.

Collecting my reins and getting into a two-point. So awkward timing.

Western: Cantering.


English: Trotting. He was being pissy that day, didn't want to move out or bend at all. His reins were loose until he tossed his head. *head desk*

More in next post.
Had too many pictures.
Ha ha.
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    05-13-2009, 01:54 PM
Fast forward a year.
Different horse. Worse position. You'll see...



Practicing with no stirrups, leaning back too far.

Trottign again.

One more canter.

Fast forward again.
A few months ago. Hadn't ridden in about a year, me trying out Zeus.


Leg has come forward, toes out, no contact on his sides...

Even walking around and relaxing my leg still comes forward.

That's how my legs should be all the time! Ha ha.

Ugh, I hate my leg here.

He's tossing his head because... a) he wanted to go for a gallop, haha; b) I was supporting myself with the reins, and pulling on him.
The only reason my leg looks okay here is because i'm pulling on him.

Okay, so I know that was a whole ton of pictures, but it really shows how my position has deteriorated over the past two or so years due to lack of riding. Help me know what to work on once I'm riding regularly again. Remember, I will have a trainer, but I love hearing from you guys.

If you got through all those pictures I should really mail you some cookies.

    05-13-2009, 04:23 PM
The saddle you have on Zeus (the last horse...) looks like it's too small for you... (or maybe you're sweater is making the illusion). That's enough to ruin anyone's position!
    05-13-2009, 04:55 PM
Hmm, maybe but I doubt that the main cause. It's not my saddle anyway, ha ha. It seemed okay when I was riding in it, it might be the jacket making it seem too small. For a dressage saddle my stirrups could probably have been a bit longer, but that's all I really see. Thanks for the reply!
    05-13-2009, 07:02 PM
The only difference I see between the older pics and the newer ones are, in the older ones, you're sitting correctly on your seat bones. In the newer ones, you're sitting a little more back on your butt. Sitting too far back on your pockets will shoot your legs forward every time. Have you done that exercise where you raise your legs up while sitting still or walking to find your proper seat bone placement? That's all I see.
    05-15-2009, 11:40 PM
The thing is with the newer pictures on Zeus - you're in a dressage saddle. It's not built for short stirrups.
I wouldn't worry too much about it, correcting the stirrup length and being in your own saddle should really help.
Contradictory to MBP I think that you are still tilting too forward in the newer pictures and you have a tendency to rise too far out of the saddle. You need to open your hip angle and really let your legs hang on either side of the horse to absorb his movement.
    05-16-2009, 10:56 AM
Thanks for the advice you guys.
Hmm, I'll definitely keep in mind what you said anabel. He'll be home on the 29th so I'll be starting to work with him from then on. After a few weeks to a month I'll get some more pictures and see how and if we've improved.

Thanks again!
    05-21-2009, 12:09 PM
On the chestnut your either slouched or have a hollow back . Sit up straight, algin you shoulder, hip and heel. Relax your legs down into your heels and go with the horse's movement. It looks like your bracing, but it's hard to tell from a single shot......

On Zeus, I agree with Anebel , if you dropped your stirrups a hole of two you may find it easier to keep your leg from coming forward..
    05-21-2009, 07:02 PM
Thanks GK. I know the stirrups were sooo short for a dressage saddle, ha ha.
I have a problem with slouching my shoulders. Bleh. Too long without an instructor yelling at my to sit up straight and roll my shoulders back. I'll definitely get some more pictures one Zeus is home. He'll be home on the 29th. :]
    05-22-2009, 01:08 PM
I have poor posture too and at 52 it's a hard thing to correct....LOL

My trainer has me do some shoulder rolls and stretches while I'm warming up which really helps my body position for the rest of the ride.

Good luck, look forward to some more pictures.

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