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post #11 of 16 Old 07-30-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yes, my trainer suggested that as well! I tried that for my ride yesterday and my hands were better, thumbs up top and a straighter connection. :)

However, my riding buddy still said my left wrist "twitches". So I have no idea how to even begin to fix that haha. Any suggestions on that? I was thinking maybe a wrist brace or a wrist protector that roller bladers use?
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-30-2011, 11:35 PM
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You guys look pretty good to me! Also your horses is BEAUTIFUL!

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Not really sure how to fix the twitch.. I have never heard of or seen that problem before. Im glad the ice cream cone trick worked. Good luck!
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Robbie looks gorgeous and talented! You are obviously a good rider and have spent a lot of time with instructors learning how to be one.

A couple small upper body tweaks might help your hands. Rolling your shoulders back/down and putting your elbows at your sides will give you a better connection to your horses mouth. In your computer chair right now, put your arms at your sides like you were holding the reins. Thumbs are up. Now raise your elbows out away from you and look at your hands. Flat! I think you may be trying to fix too much with your hands which is usually what causes wrist cocking/lifting and other weird habits. Think of having a soft, following elbow. Be mindful to make corrections to your horse firstly with your legs and seat. Pretend you don't even have forearms and hands (other than keeping them closed on the reins ); imagine the bit is connected directly to from your horse's mouth to your elbow.
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robbie is so cute !! how old is he ?

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post #16 of 16 Old 08-01-2011, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback and all the positive comments guys! :)

equinesalways -- Thanks! And I completely get what you are saying. I am trying way too hard to fix things with my hands rather then work from my elbows/upper body and seat! I'm definitely going to take your advice on pretending I dont have any forearms or hands haha, just following with my elbow will force me not to micro-manage with my hands. :) Now with your advice and the ice cream cone trick my hands should imrpove loads.

gypsygirl -- Thanks so much! He's 6 this year, still a bit of a baby. ;)


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