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post #11 of 21 Old 10-29-2012, 02:51 PM
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, but you might be gripping up wiht your calf and heel. It just looks like you ahve the back of you calf snugged in tight against your horse, and she's a tad irked about it.

I think riding some with a longer stirrup and less lower leg , more riding off your seat , will help you.
You ALWAYS ride with your calf against your horse and use your lower leg.
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post #12 of 21 Old 10-29-2012, 02:54 PM
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Yes, but you don't grip up. your calf hangs against the side of the horse. once it starts gripping up, the heels come up and you may likely lose your stirrup, and irritate the horse.

I think I know what you mean. I do have may lower leg on the horse. I don't brace into the stirrup, like you'll see on a lot of western riders, and gaited horse riders. but laying your calf on the horse , and "using" your calf are two different things.
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post #13 of 21 Old 10-29-2012, 03:09 PM
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Let's start from the bottom. Weight in the heels, calf gripping your horse, your knees and thighs relaxed. If you continue to grip with your knees, it will make you pivot from the knee and throw you upper body forward.

You can use your seat effectively in an English saddle but not so much in a Western.

You need to use your leg - not a death grip but securely against his side. You always ride with your leg and if your horse become irritated with pressure then you need to work on his training. He has to accept your leg.
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post #14 of 21 Old 10-29-2012, 03:16 PM
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Okie dokie.
Cute horse!! haha

Well, definitely get your heels farther down and keep your legs on her.
In the pictures where you dropped your stirrups, you look much better, I would keep them there, regardless or posting/jumping
you're in a western saddle, stay as is!(:

Also, even if you're posting, don't lean forward when asking for the canter. Sit back and deep in your seat when you ask.
You're rounding your shoulders a little bit, remember,
We are the few, the proud, the equestrians!! (that's why my instructor says!)
Sit up nice and tall, with your shoulders squared.

I REALLY like your hands, they're nicely spread and not too high or low.
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post #15 of 21 Old 10-29-2012, 03:21 PM
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Sorry, Lexie but the only picture where her hands are any good is the last one in post 10.

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post #16 of 21 Old 10-29-2012, 03:24 PM
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I see her hands being low in the one of her jumping, but not in the others

(not arguing, just what I'm seeing) although that sounds like arguing..

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post #17 of 21 Old 10-31-2012, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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I'm changing my stirrups again so they're longer. I know my riding isn't perfect. I've never had a lesson, and I'm also training my horse completely on my own. I don't train how most people do, but I guess I'm doing okay. I think I ride a lot differently with longer stirrups. I only ride around my barn, so I don't need my riding to be perfect, just decent.
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post #18 of 21 Old 10-31-2012, 08:23 PM
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I'm changing my stirrups again so they're longer. I know my riding isn't perfect. I've never had a lesson, and I'm also training my horse completely on my own. I don't train how most people do, but I guess I'm doing okay. I think I ride a lot differently with longer stirrups. I only ride around my barn, so I don't need my riding to be perfect, just decent.
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I was in the same boat, until I found a lady who could teach me a few things! I trained my first pony on my own, too! (I bought my current horse green broke though). You're doing a good job with her from the looks of it :)
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Post the vids of you riding Heatherrrrrrrrrr. It will be easier for them to judge.

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post #20 of 21 Old 11-04-2012, 07:52 PM
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Your horse's head isn't going to fall off! LOL quit looking at it. You'll end up where you look, and you don't want to end up on the ground. Look up :)
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