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        11-05-2009, 12:00 AM
      #11
    Trained
    Nope, I never have problems riding the trot or the canter. I just always tend to have piano hands and loose pinkies for some reason. It's something I've been trying to work on...sometimes I do great, other days not so much. I guess it depends on how many other things I am thinking of :P It's a hard habit to break!
         
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        11-05-2009, 12:24 AM
      #12
    Trained
    Well you never know, it might get even easier/better, lol. And trust me, I know how hard it is. It took me years, even though I was getting like, two lessons a day three days a week, plus several schooling rides a week. You'll get there though. Now, I just need to look up, haha!
         
        11-05-2009, 01:51 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Hi all!
    I used to have the same problem with my hands and arms, then my instructor gave me 2 pieces of key advice that, once id frogging mastered (im a slow learner and quite whiney im told ) it made all the difference.

    First of all, pretend like you have an egg under each elbow, you have to hold the egg without either squashing it or dropping it. This will bring your arms out from your side so that you have the correct arm carrage. You don't want your arms to be squashed in at your sides, or poking out like wings! By doing this tecnique you will soon develop a nice soft elbow that's fluid.

    Second of all, and this is easy peasy when you mastered it. Pretend you are holding a cup of liquid gold in each hand, the top of the cups should be level with your belly button. If you drop your elbow or relax and open your fingers the cups will tip forward and you will lose your precious load. If you bring your elbow up to much or clench your fingers the cups will tip backwards and you will have said liquid gold dumped all over your saddle...not a good look!

    I know these are basic childs methods, but seriosly give them a go, youll be suprised at how well they work!

    Bellybaby x
         
        11-05-2009, 03:50 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    While we're on the topic of aided tricks- like the eggs. When I was little- like 5 or 6 I remember having a crop between my elbows and around my back- it needs to be kinda flexible and fairly long so you can get some give in your hands- and then hold a cane in each hand vertically--- the crop will help close that angle MIEventer was talking about (just make sure that it is not so short a crop that it forces your elbows behind the line of your body) and holding the canes will get you to lift and 'hold' your hands with your thumbs up and your hands closed, if your hands flatten or cross the canes will tell you! Also it helps teach ringcraft by being able to carry a cane ;)- sticks usually do the trick or some little bamboo or cane ! :) hope it helps xx
         
        11-05-2009, 01:24 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Thanks! :)
         

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