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post #21 of 23 Old 01-15-2013, 02:33 PM
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I don't think anyone has mentioned this: you need to pick up the reins. You're riding with NO contact. In English, we ride with the horse "on the bit" or collected, as I'm sure you know. Your reins scream Western to me, as the horse is long and low and your hands are almost at the buckle. You need to pick up the reins by quite a bit and get him to bend and flex for you, engage his hindquarters and collect. I know you said his mouth was a little sore so perhaps not something you need to worry about yet, but in the long run if you want to ride English, you can't always be on such a long rein. This is the ideal form: http://www.horseandcountry.tv/sites/...RoundHorse.jpg

Also, for your leg: you want a line from your heel, hip and shoulder. That means leg back, heels down and shoulders forward. "Chair seat" is more functional for Western riders (i.e. When you're doing a 6hr cattle drive you don't give a **** about your form as long as its functional!). This picture shows it nicely (ignore the middle image): http://www.lighthandshorsemanship.co...equitation.jpg
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I don't think anyone has mentioned this: you need to pick up the reins. You're riding with NO contact. In English, we ride with the horse "on the bit" or collected, as I'm sure you know. Your reins scream Western to me, as the horse is long and low and your hands are almost at the buckle. You need to pick up the reins by quite a bit and get him to bend and flex for you, engage his hindquarters and collect. I know you said his mouth was a little sore so perhaps not something you need to worry about yet, but in the long run if you want to ride English, you can't always be on such a long rein. This is the ideal form: http://www.horseandcountry.tv/sites/...RoundHorse.jpg

Also, for your leg: you want a line from your heel, hip and shoulder. That means leg back, heels down and shoulders forward. "Chair seat" is more functional for Western riders (i.e. When you're doing a 6hr cattle drive you don't give a **** about your form as long as its functional!). This picture shows it nicely (ignore the middle image): http://www.lighthandshorsemanship.co...equitation.jpg


Thanks for the tips! As for the no contact, main reason for that is due to my horses age, he was 2.5years old and contact wasnt something we were yet working on. We are working on it more now, but riding once a week max, theres only so much that you can jam into his mind, lol. Honestly, this thread opened my eyes quite a bit, it was the first time I had ridden English for probably 2-3years, which probably explains quite a bit. Since this, I have sold the saddle, and have ridden Western more. Will have to have someone take new pics of me riding and see if there is an improvement at all. Thanks to everyone that has posted! Love hearing all the different things people see!!
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post #23 of 23 Old 01-15-2013, 07:40 PM
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Simply getting a saddle that fits you better should help you out with the chair seat/leg positioning problem. The too-small seat looks like it is forcing you into an uncomfortable position.

I like that you appear to have kind and forgiving hands - important with a youngster. Even with an "english" horse, you don't' really need to worry about riding him into the contact yet or worrying about "technical" things - get him moving straight, forward and confidently - the rest can come later.
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