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post #31 of 39 Old 08-09-2011, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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You ride with your leg quite far forward, I believe you would find it easier to give cues if your legs was slightly further back.
Right =( after riding primarily western the first 4 years I've ridden, I've developed a nasty chair seat, and it's something I work on almost every day yet once we go faster than a walk I seem to sink right back into the "chair" =(


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post #32 of 39 Old 08-09-2011, 11:38 AM
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Do you have a good english riding coach to help "train" you?

And judging by those pics you don't look big on her at all!

Honey you need to own your height, don't be ashamed of it, one of my best friends is 6'1 her hubby is 5'10 and she still wears stilletos when we go out lmao!

Stop slouching in the saddle, shorten your stirrups and get that leg in proper position, p I a n o hands is a no no in english.

Personally I would rather ride a horse that is a blast and train WITH said horse then try a totally new prospect. Try her out she might just surprise you =) Don't get trapped into the WB/big horses are better circle, remember a well built horse with a great heart can take you everywere

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Do you have a good english riding coach to help "train" you?

And judging by those pics you don't look big on her at all!

Honey you need to own your height, don't be ashamed of it, one of my best friends is 6'1 her hubby is 5'10 and she still wears stilletos when we go out lmao!

Stop slouching in the saddle, shorten your stirrups and get that leg in proper position, p I a n o hands is a no no in english.

Personally I would rather ride a horse that is a blast and train WITH said horse then try a totally new prospect. Try her out she might just surprise you =) Don't get trapped into the WB/big horses are better circle, remember a well built horse with a great heart can take you everywere

Good luck
Yeah :( That's why I posted these in the "pictures" section initially and not the critique - because I know my position and hands are horrible (especially the one where I'm turning her....YIKES). I was mostly posting them here to give an idea of how tall I look on her, but thanks for the advice :) I can't shorten my stirrups... that's as high as they go, haha! I'm working on it... I need brown leathers anyway (mine are black 60" leathers). My boyfriend is about 5'10 - 5'11. He likes to say he's 6' but I know better ;) Honestly, Savanna ISN'T a blast to ride... hard to admit, but she's stubborn and would rather go slow. I think she is having issues with her front end (feet), but that's a whole different discussion. I like a horse that's sensitive and super-responsive. All the thoroughbreds I've owned were like that. They all had such unique personalities - like they thought a lot of themselves, lol. They're my favorite breed! I purchased Savanna on a whim.


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post #34 of 39 Old 08-09-2011, 12:03 PM
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Of course, those of us that are urging you not to sell will still support you with whatever you decide to do . I would just hate to see you sell her before you find out if you could succeed in the show ring together and then regret it later.

And, I would miss seeing pictures of Sav. I love her so much .

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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I just found a great photo of Teddy, so you won't think your guy is too small to event.....

Sure proof it is not stature, but heart.






And Karen is no tiny girl, either.
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I just found a great photo of Teddy, so you won't think your guy is too small to event.....

Sure proof it is not stature, but heart.

Holy s*** and shinola!! That jump is bigger than he is .

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Of course, those of us that are urging you not to sell will still support you with whatever you decide to do . I would just hate to see you sell her before you find out if you could succeed in the show ring together and then regret it later.

And, I would miss seeing pictures of Sav. I love her so much .
Awww you're going to make me want to cry :( I love her too! But her previous owner has already said she'd take her back if she needs to - which would mean if I was able to and REALLY wanted to, I could purchase her back later on. Not a for-certain, but I know she wouldn't sell her, and if she did, she'd let me know first. She didn't want to sell her to begin with. We've become friends so I know she'd let me keep in contact with her. When she owned her, she'd never ridden her (she was afraid, I think, and for good reason). I'd had a few people come to look at her but I think I'd be most comfortable with her going back with Hope. I've already started looking at some OTTBs to adopt. I will miss my fiery little mustang though. :(

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I just found a great photo of Teddy, so you won't think your guy is too small to event.....

Sure proof it is not stature, but heart.






And Karen is no tiny girl, either.
I wish I could see! Work is blocking the images :( :(


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Aaah ok I got it, she's not your heart horse, giving her back wouldn't break your heart. Do what is best for you, if that's giving her back to her previous owner, so be it. I wish you the best


(p.s make sure he's tall AND red! )
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I think it would really help you to shorten your stirrup a hole or two for hunters. Although your leg takes up the saddle fine, the stirrup bars in hunt saddles are placed further foward to accomodate for a shorter stirrup (believe me, I know- I have the opposite problem because my legs are so short that many saddles just place them way to far foward).

I think a lot depends on the horse's stride too. I am small (just under 5'4" and relatively thin) but don't really like riding small ponies because of the short, choppy stride. However, my new horse is a 14.3 hh arab and he has a huge stride so rides much bigger than he is....seriously, he strides larger than many 16h horses I've ridden!
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