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post #11 of 21 Old 06-16-2009, 02:52 PM
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Mine is my leg position. I used to sit ahead of the vertical, but I've gotten better about sitting back. Now that my upper body is better, my lower legs are slipping forward into the chair position. It's SO frustrating. I can't even stand watching myself on video because I hate it so much. I tend to turn my heels in, too. And I have trouble keeping my weight down in my heels. As much as my trainer hounds me and as hard as I work at it, I'm still not a solid rider yet. Ugh.

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post #12 of 21 Old 06-16-2009, 03:32 PM
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*sigh* where to start?!?!?!?

My TB has become dead to his riders legs over years of being ridden, and being passed from owner to owner. Heck, his previous owner left huge wear marks on his sides because he is dead to the leg...I guess due to loud legs, he's learnt to dumb them out.

Anyways, I've now accumulated a loud inside leg because of this and I really have to work on quieting it down. A dressage friend from Germany told me "When trying to carry on a discussion with someone of a foreign language, no matter how loud you get, they still wont understand you"

I have to keep telling myself this as I ride. I also remember Jim Wofford saying that if horses can feel a fly land on their necks, then they can definately feel the smallest of movements we make while in the saddle.

So I have to continue to tell myself to quiet myself down. My coach says "baby moves"

I also have too loud of hands. So again, I really need to learn to quiet them down.

I also have to start working on carrying a crop with Nelson, because he is older and out of shape *we both are* and I can't get him infront of my legs. My Coach says I shouldn't have to push him with my legs every step of the way and that I am doing more work than he - *again, being too loud* so I need to work on giving him a slight tap just behind my leg to get him to move forward...and stop over using my legs.

He said "When you bake a cake and it fails, why bake a cake another cake using the same recepie?" what I am doing is not working, find another way.

When I get it right, it is a lovely outcome. My lessons last night was wonderful when I figured out how to stop doing more work than he. And when I got him to lift his back and drop his hind end, he became much more bouncier and lighter, it was nice!

Keeping that, is the key. My Coach says when you get it right, remember what it was that you did to get that result.

So my issue is - loud aids. Over Using Aids.

Aside from that, we need allot of conditioning work - for the both of us.
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post #13 of 21 Old 06-16-2009, 05:36 PM
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Look down for me as well. I tend to look down instead of out and over my horses ears.

Sloppy hands, they are everywhere, sometimes in the right hand, sometimes in my left hand, sometimes in both hands. I'm trying very hard now to keep my hands quiet and use my leg and body to ask for turns, stops, etc. It's very difficult.
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post #14 of 21 Old 06-16-2009, 05:56 PM
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My biggest thing flatting is I sit back too far, I need to remember to stay on my thighs.

Jumping, I have crappy timing. I'm getting better, but... I'm still bad at it
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post #15 of 21 Old 06-17-2009, 12:01 AM
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I tend to look down a bit more than I should...

Sometimes on an easy going horse I get 'slouchy'...Lol!

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post #16 of 21 Old 06-17-2009, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hah hah, I guess everyone has bug bears about their position. I know I do!!!
I'm also reeeaallly bad at changing the diagonal...I bounce once and then rise back up on the same diagonal!!! grrrr...
My instructor keeps telling me to repeat the SAME figure 8 over and over again until I get it right. Takes about 5-6 times before I do it!

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post #17 of 21 Old 06-17-2009, 05:23 PM
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My inside rein - I have a terrible time letting go. I've been doing much better since riding a calm horse though. I'm even just dropping the inside rein all together. My trainer usually makes me bridge my reins when I get too "holdy"

My old mare was a nightmare to jump - She would merely run at the fences and just stop. It was kind of like I could hear her say "psych". Not her fault, I know, but she just learned to hate jumping. I've never met anyone that could jump that horse without a few refusals. So because of that I began to hold too much when riding towards a fence, I don't let the horse do all the work, I try to do a lot myself.

I guess I have hand problems.

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post #18 of 21 Old 06-17-2009, 05:32 PM
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My biggest problem is sitting up right after a jump. I also have been having a huge problem with cutting my corners lately, which is also not helped by my not sitting up after a jump.
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post #19 of 21 Old 06-17-2009, 05:55 PM
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Hrm, my legs. They tend to fall back too far, and as a result I tip forward, lose the connection with my horse and need to stop to regroup ;)
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post #20 of 21 Old 06-17-2009, 07:02 PM
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Lets see, thankfully I am blessed I guess by what my instructor calls a "Natural seat" I naturally have quiet hands, put my heels down and sit up straight.

If I don't have half chaps on or haven't ridden in a few days, my legs start swinging, I really need to ride everyday to keep my legs tight.

I think my biggest problems are with jumping, I always jump to far ahead, even when im conciously thinking about getting my butt back, it still ends up in front of the saddle. I also have "chicken elbows" when I jump, I feel like im releasing but in pictures it looks like im sticking my elbows out, thats something im really trying to work on!!

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