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    07-18-2011, 12:35 PM
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I've re-trained my cob, but he hangs off of my hands and arms, he's extremely strong and forward, but snaffle mouthed as we do a lot of dressage. I've never really had a lesson on him and I'm very much a self taught rider, so anything you can say will be greatly appreciated =]
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    07-18-2011, 01:04 PM
Green Broke
I'm no expert at dressage but I think you two look good! Lovely horse by the way!
    07-18-2011, 01:08 PM
I'm not an expert at dressage either- I'm more of a western girl. But one thing that is universal in all disciplines it keep your head up. You can't see where you are going if you stare at your horses ears or poll the whole ride. I tell my students pretend that you are a snobby kid and stick your nose in the air. You don't want to look at the sky but, for them it helps them remember to look up.
    07-18-2011, 01:16 PM
Green Broke
I'm not an expert, I am barely going through Intro level myself, but here is what I see. You need to open up your chest a little more as you look a tad crumpled forward and this can cause your horse to be heavy in front when you want him working off the hind. Sit up tall and proud, eyes focused on where you are going. You also want to watch your hands, you look a tad limp wristed...but I do that too.
    07-18-2011, 01:53 PM
Adding to what the others said, I think you need to move your leg back a little. Remember shoulder to hip to heel if you were to draw a line on you, you would find your leg to be forward of that line. In the first picture, it's hard to tell where your leg is, but in the second picture you can really see it
    07-18-2011, 01:53 PM
Correction in the first picture your leg looks good
    07-18-2011, 02:24 PM
Cute pair! Yes, head up, chest open and forward, elbows to the side, hands up. Use the strength of your elbow to set the bit where you want the horse, push him forward to it and only give a soft release if and when HE comes off .
    07-18-2011, 03:58 PM
Overall, you look like you could be an awesome rider if you just fixed a few things.

-Look up!
-I think your upper body would look tons better if you sat straighter and had your shoulders back. Sit up tall and instead of "forcing" your shoulders back, think about sticking your boobs out. Sometimes saying "shoulders back" tends to make people stiff through their upper body.
-Hands. Yucky! You have good bend in your elbows but are totally destroying the line by breaking your wrists. Bring them back up to normal and rotate your hands so your thumbs are on top. When you're wrists are broken like you're doing, you are only influencing the reins with a dropping, jerking action from your hands. If there is a straight line from your elbows to bit, you can do a smoother action of pulling straight back.
-Seat looks good.
-Pull your leg back underneath you so that when you look down, you can not see your toes.

Fix these and you will be dynamite. Your horse is looking great! :)
    07-20-2011, 12:56 PM
I know nothing about english riding but yuor horse is really pretty. :)
    07-20-2011, 01:22 PM
Green Broke
Hey Skittlenat, welcome to the forum!

What a magnificent beast you have there. In addition to the excellent points brought up by others, I wanted to add that it looks to me like your saddle may be a little too far forward, I noticed in the second pic, the angle of the first pic is too hard to tell.

This will be affecting your leg position and in turn the effectiveness of your leg aids. It also inhibits your horse's range of motion.

Keep up the great work though!

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