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post #1 of 5 Old 03-16-2014, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Me Please

I'm a fairly beginner rider, walk/trot. I haven't seen my instructor since November, and I feel that my position has suffered (for instance, my toes stick out and I think my upper body is too far forward esp. over poles). I ride hunter-jumper with my instructor and the horse I'm on is a former hunter. He's 20 and yes, he's overweight (we're working on it, he's lost 30lbs already). Does he look happy/comfortable? He's had some issues with his left hind up high. I'm intentionally riding him on a loose rein. Do my hands move around too much?
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-16-2014, 06:42 PM
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yes he looks happy and comfortable. Leaning forward is common and hard not to do. He's not that over weight. Getting him more forward ,Some collection and rounding up would be nice and will help him not stumble on the poles.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-16-2014, 07:08 PM
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if he can move with more energy it will be easier for you to post. he looks happy enough, and you are doing fine, yes, leaning forward. it seems that your saddle looks too big for you. like you are swimming in it.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-18-2014, 11:37 PM
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Your pony doesn't look unhappy in any way! He seems very pleased to have you riding him

As for your position, I do see a couple things, but nothing life threatening. Your upper body is tilted too far forward. Think of someone tying a string to your head and pulling up, lifting your ribcage and letting your shoulders fall back a bit. Your trot is also a bit too "delicate." Try to really get some impulsion going with this horse. Make sure he's really trying for you, not just trotting about. You do look very good, like riding comes very naturally for you. I wouldn't believe you were only doing walk/trot if you told me so, you look very nice and comfortable Best wishes!
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Thank you all for your help. Tiny, the saddle is kind of big for me, but it's the only one we have that fits him really well, unfortunately :/ Jumper, thanks for the visual, and you're right that our trot is delicate. I was afraid to push him for a while because of the issues with his hind left, but now for the most part it's not bothering him so I will work on asking for more impulsion. Thank you for your compliments, also
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