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post #1 of 5 Old 07-14-2011, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Critique my flat work equitation

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I rode my mare after training at another barn all afternoon. Just plodding around really, but my boyfriend took some pictures. They are not the best or complementing, but tell me what you think.

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-14-2011, 10:06 PM
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I think you should bump your stirrups up a notch or two. They look more of a dressage length than a hunter length. You look good overall. Relax your hands and arms; they look a little rigid, and also your shoulders--you look to be squeezing them up.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-14-2011, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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I agree about the stirrups, i just bought them a size too big and need to put holes in them. And i guess my arms are rigid because my dressage
trainer was drilling me on keeping them high and seeing a bend in my elbow.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-15-2011, 01:45 AM
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I am dressage rider, so thought the stirrups looked good. But you look very good, nice straight back, good leg, LOOK UP!
cute pair!
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If you're riding dressage, you really need to work on losing the artificial hollow in the small of your back, it really interferes with your ability to have a following seat at the sitting trot and canter. This is very hard to do without an instructor and/or mirrors in the arena, you have to first find the correct position with your seatbones underneath and your back relaxed, then you have to remake the muscle memory so you can maintain that position - it's tough!

If you're riding hunter seat, and spend most of your time out of the saddle in two point, it's less critical, but still a form flaw, and it has a tendency to make you stiff and look "posed."

I can tell that you're working on your hand and arm position, remember as you work on bend in your elbow/more weight in your elbows to both keep your elbows at your side (they're popping out in a couple of the photos) and to still allow them to open and close and follow the horses head and neck gestures.
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