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        11-18-2010, 04:22 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Lone as a larger woman myself I can say GREAT job getting up and out of the saddle! Especially since it does look like your stirrups are a bit on the long side. I know when I was jumping my weight worked desperately hard against me LOL. I can't wait to be off crutches and walking/hilling with my boy to bring us BOTH back into a better shape and mindset.
         
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        11-18-2010, 04:39 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by maura    
    Lone,

    I definitely agree with the previous posters who mentioned shortening the stirrups a hole or two. When sitting in the middle of your saddle with your foot out of the stirrup, the tread of the stirrup should bump your ankle bone or a little above. For someone used to riding Western, this is going to feel *really* short and uncomfortable. Once you get your stirrup the correct length, practice jumping position by bending both your knee and hip and squatting over your saddle, with your crotch over the middle of your saddle. When you get it right, you'll feel fairly secure and balanced, and that you don't have to lean on the neck. Novices assume jump position is a bigger adjustment or move than it is, it's actually pretty subtle - lift slightly out off the saddle, bend the knee and hip. The horse's motion does the rest. The third photo shows you demonstrating the best jump position.

    Your long stirrup has put the grip in the back of your calf, rather than the flat of your calf, as other posters have mentioned. Second and third photo show the grip more correctly in the flat of your calf.

    All that said, what I really like about these photos is that you and your horse appear relaxed, happy and like you're enjoying yourself. Your flat back and eyes securely up are admirable; traits lots of serious jumping riders struggle to develop that you seemed to have naturally.

    Your release is quite good. In none of the photos are you interfering with your horse, and there's a nice slack or float to the reins in all of them. In the fourth photo, the release is a little too close to the withers for my taste and you can see you're sort of jumping up over your hands. Aim for approx. 1/2 way up the neck, with knuckles pressing into the muscle of the neck. Don't be shy about grabbing a piece of mane with one hand over the fence.

    Your little horse is cute, willing and dead honest. In the first photo, she's showing quite respectable form, the others were not taken at the right moment to judge form. She's certainly safe and able, with a little work and polish she'd do well at small local shoes.

    For a western rider and horse goofing around in the pasture for fun, I see some aptitude and some good qualities. How far you go with this really just depends on how seriously you want to pursue it.
    Maura you said it all!

    I want to add something though

    Lone, this is a very nice mare!! She looks so sweet and willing! Her ears don't look pinned back at all as someone mentioned, her ears look like they are back because she is listening to you and trying hard for you.

    Very good job for one month's work!!

    If you think "sit back but not down" right after you go in two point, you will no be so far out of the saddle. Try a double jointed snaffle bit, one with a nice round center piece with your mare. It is a nice gentle bit & I think you two will do very well in it.

    Keep up the good work!
         
        11-18-2010, 05:11 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Thank you all for your compliments!! I am planning on getting a new headstall and bit for Daisy tomorrow to see how she does with it. Do you think I should try a bit with coppper rollers or something of the sort??
         
        11-19-2010, 01:12 AM
      #24
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Lonestar22    
    Thank you all for your compliments!! I am planning on getting a new headstall and bit for Daisy tomorrow to see how she does with it. Do you think I should try a bit with coppper rollers or something of the sort??
    Copper rollers are for a nervous horse & are not legal bit in some shows. I like the double jointed snaffle. They do not hit the top of the horse's mouth & are nice & smooth. Do not get the one (think is is called french link) it is double jointed but has a flat piece in the middle thaat can pinch the horse. Or a regular snaffle is ok too. If she objects to the bit, have the vet check her teeth.

    The fatter the bit the softer it is.

    As I said before, very nice horse! You two make a nice pair & it is easy to see that she wants to please you. That tells me that you are a good rider
         
        11-19-2010, 01:24 AM
      #25
    Green Broke
    The first time I rode her, I rode her in a big fat rubber coated snaffle. She tossed her head around quiet a bit. She hadn't been ridden in over a year which may have been why she was tossing, I haven't tried it since. I did ride her in a regular o-ring snaffle today (no jumping though it's too wet) and she did wonderfull.I did walk trot and canter in the back pasture where it was pretty dry. Chased the cows around a little bit too. I may pull out the rubber snaffle and see how she acts with that.


    Thank you so much for the compliments on Daisy. She is a wonderfull horse. Worth wayyyy more than what I bought her for. I practically stole her! Lol. She is the best horse I have owned by far and I love her to bits!
         
        11-19-2010, 01:48 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lonestar22    
    The first time I rode her, I rode her in a big fat rubber coated snaffle. She tossed her head around quiet a bit. She hadn't been ridden in over a year which may have been why she was tossing, I haven't tried it since. I did ride her in a regular o-ring snaffle today (no jumping though it's too wet) and she did wonderfull.I did walk trot and canter in the back pasture where it was pretty dry. Chased the cows around a little bit too. I may pull out the rubber snaffle and see how she acts with that.


    Thank you so much for the compliments on Daisy. She is a wonderfull horse. Worth wayyyy more than what I bought her for. I practically stole her! Lol. She is the best horse I have owned by far and I love her to bits!
    i have been told that the rubber bits cause the horse's mouth to be dry which causes pain (pain would make her toss her head). The metel bit encourages salvation which makes for a soft mouth.

    So...I would advise just use the regular O-ring snaffle!
         
        11-19-2010, 02:07 AM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Ahh, see I've never heard that. I'm not too well versed in bits and things. I had never ridden in an english saddle until this year. I have been around horses all of my life, but they have all been pasture/ranch horses. I have been very diligent about expanding my knowledge about horses as I have gotten older and I learn everyday. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with me!
         
        11-19-2010, 02:28 AM
      #28
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lonestar22    
    She hadn't been ridden in over a year

    It is amazing that you have the progress that you have had. You must be riding a very nice horse. My horse would freak out and he is mellow in comparison to my previous horses.
         
        11-19-2010, 02:45 AM
      #29
    Green Broke
    She was extremly well behaved when I first rode her. The man who owned her even said she would probably buck. She never even offered. And has yet to offer.

    Daisy belonged to his exwife hadn't been ridden since the ex left 14 months before I got her. I was expecting at least a little bit of resisting and a temper tantrum, but none f that happened. I saddled her up, hopped on and she rode wonderfully. A bit rusty of course, but no bad attitude at all.

    She has been amazing for me. Allways trys. Except when it comes to going into the pond. Lol. She will swim across the creek (when the water is actually high enough to swim, wich means that we have gotten TONS of rain) no porblem. But the pond? Ain't no way in hell she's going in there. I think it's the way the mud pulls at her feet....
         
        11-19-2010, 07:54 AM
      #30
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lonestar22    
    Ahh, see I've never heard that. I'm not too well versed in bits and things. I had never ridden in an english saddle until this year. I have been around horses all of my life, but they have all been pasture/ranch horses. I have been very diligent about expanding my knowledge about horses as I have gotten older and I learn everyday. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with me!
    You are very welcome!

    A willing horse is worth a lot, and when she is pretty like Daisy too...well, I can see why you say she is so special!

    So, she doesn't like the pond, that is too funny Maybe she doesn't want to ruin her pedicure???
         

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