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post #1 of 5 Old 07-23-2008, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Critique My Equitation?

So here's a few pictures of me riding...please be nice, and If you point out my faults, please provide tips to fix them. Thanks:)

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-24-2008, 04:51 AM
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You have your heels jammed down to far and toes out, the latter is a result of the first. Jamming your heel down that far is probably causing you to tense your leg, so try and relax your leg and let it hang naturally.

You have no contact with the horses mouth, and your hands are turned sideways and bring your elbows to your side. Try and relax your back because you look tense and seem as though you are trying to force your body into a correct possition.

I cant critique anything in your jumping style you seem to take to riding over fences naturally.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-24-2008, 07:02 AM
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First picture:

Well, I've always been picked up when my toes point outwards. Try and keep them facing the front. Don't worry though because most girls and ladies do that for some reason and I don't really now why. I can't really do it, but it takes a lot of hard work and pain, so I guess it's just general horse riding. I can't really tell in the first picture if you are leaning to far foward or not, but try to sit back a little, that way, you'll have more chance or you're toes pointing the right way.

Second picture:
Looks brilliant to me. Posture and everything! But are you jumping only one jump in that arena? Because I have been taught that once you're half way over the jump you look at your next one, even if it's to the side... If you google some jumping pictures you'll know what I mean as you'll see people's head turned toward the jump they are going to next, while they are in mid-jump.

Other then that! You;ll look fabulous and you and your horse look great together! Keep up the great work and remember that the things I have said are just the wau I personally have been taught, so you might have been taught in a differnt way, so if you have, then that's fine! Just saying what I know!

Good luck and Well done!


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post #4 of 5 Old 07-24-2008, 11:30 AM
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In the first picture, you need to reposition your stirrup iron like in the second photo. It'll keep your foot from rotating out so much. And your heels are great!! As long as you're not forcing them down, don't worry about it because mine are exactly the same way!! We just have very flexible ankles! lol! Keep you're thumbs up and I think you need to have a bit more angle in you arms. The gray horse seems to have his head up above the bit and that's why you have your arms straight. Remember to keep a good angle there.

In the second picture, you are doing really well!! I would suggest shortening your stirrup leathers a hole or maybe two. Remember you want to fold over the jump so you want to push your butt back and not just fold your upper body onto your horses neck. Lol, you're a lot better than I am at jumping, so, you're doing good!!

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-24-2008, 11:45 AM
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in the first photo besides pointing your toes out you need to close ur calf around the horse, not necessarily squeeze just rest your leg on your horse so that you have contact with him.

other than that everybody else has touched on the other things i was going to say but your are a beautiful rider.

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
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