Aww thannk you!
Glad my lower leg has improved, so hard to keep it underneath me in that saddle lol
My hands still annoy me though. Kept trying to keep them out of my lap but it felt really uncomortable >.<
I have the same problem with my hands, so I feel your pain :(.
In most of the pictures, they are still in your lap. What my instructor told me to do is to exaggerate keeping my hands out of my lap, so that I will find it easier to keep them in the right position eventually.
Also, I have the same problem with my seat...it's actually pretty easy to fix! Just kinda rotate your hips forward so it's not like your sitting in a chair. It's kind of hard to explain but I would mention this problem to your instructor since he/she'll be able to explain it better than I can :)
I have to say, I really like your heels! They're one of my biggest pet peeves, too.
Your leg is gorgeous! Great job! Since you're just doing flat work, I would suggest lowering your stirrups two holes just to encourage you to lengthen your leg. Mostly because your heel flexion looks a bit extreme. Are you forcing your heels down or do they naturally go that low? I know for me, I could flex my ankles very easily but I also felt insecure with long stirrups and loved a short stirrup. Your hands seem a touch low but I mean you are keeping a straight line from your elbow to the bit. The only really bad thing I see is that you are looking down ALL the time. Look up girl! :)
My heels naturally go like that lol I don't even need to think about them, never had a problem with them thank god lol I shortened my stirrups because when I have them any longer, my lower leg moves foward. I got moaned at for that on my last thread :P
& yeah when I ride him I have a habit of looking down, think in checking to make sure he hasnt got his nose stuck out like a donkey lol i'll work on that tomorrow. Thank you! XD
I shortened my stirrups because when I have them any longer, my lower leg moves foward. I got moaned at for that on my last thread :P
Well shortening your stirrups won't solve the problem, it'll will fix it cosmetically. What you really need to do then is start from the basics. Work with no stirrups to help you secure your seat and place your legs where they need to be.
I do alot of no stirrup & bareback work my seat is secure. I don't know whats up with my legs lol I just feel more comfortable with shorter stirrups, I think it may be something to do with my back problem (hurt my lower back falling off a friends horse last year)
Kawaii, it's hard to tell from still photos, but it looks like your seat is pretty stuck to the saddle, so it can't be that bad. Can you ride sitting trot comfortably without feeling like your being bounced all over the place? When I learned to sit for dressage after years of riding hunter-style, my trainer told me to think of tucking my butt in underneath me, and relaxing my back. Your hands are very low, but there is also a nice straight line from bit to elbow. However, when his head is flexed he tends to overflex. So Sitting deeper and driving more from seat and leg (as well as bringing your hands higher) should help him elevate into a truer flexion. About your leg moving forward when you lengthen your stirrup - that's pretty normal in a jumping saddle >.<. When you go no stirrups, focus on keeping your hips tilted back, your butt tucked underneath, and work on the flexibility in your hips by stretching your leg down as long as possible.
I can ride sitting trot fine, I used to ride bareback alot so im pretty well balanced lol
And the whole "tucking my butt underneath me" isnt easy for me to do because of my back, it hurts to do that lol but as far as I can tell, my butt doesnt come out of the saddle unless I do it intentionally lol & yeah, he has a habit of trying to get his tongue over the bit and when he does that, he tucks his head right in. Its annoying lol & we usually look alot better (see earlier critique thread) but the ground was really slippy so I didnt really want to do too much. I was having trouble keeping him steady, which I think that's what is happening in picture number 9 lol by the way, I have videos on my youtube account of my riding, if anyone would like to take a look at those to critique my riding :) YouTube - KawaiiCharlie's Channel