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        08-31-2013, 07:09 PM
    Root of problem: knees.
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        08-31-2013, 09:57 PM
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    I've edited my response to add more.
    I do agree, Sky, that its in your head - but I disagree that you want to be loosey goosey. You want to be giving in the right joints, but you also have to keep other muscles very firm and working, such as your core. You do need to work every stride, not be a bowl of jello for most of the ride.
    I've slipped into some horrible habits recently and have gotten my ass kicked for doing so. It's a steep learning curve!!
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    I guess my definition of loosey goosey is going back to staying with the horse. Being jello would not accomplish that, but clamping down doesn't either. It's a fine mix of relaxing but also making sure that you aren't being thrown around regardless if you're posting, cantering, sitting the trot, etc.

    But yeah, very steep learning curve if you aren't used to RIDING every step of the way, haha!
        09-01-2013, 10:10 AM
    Originally Posted by BornToRun    
    Root of problem: knees.
    Root of problem: pinching/gripping "up" with your legs, instead of stretching down and around to grip/balance.
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        09-01-2013, 11:59 AM
    I wasn't suggesting that was the root of the problem, just that it needs attention based on the photos.

    I agree with everything that has been said: JustDressageIt has worded it particularly nicely. Sink down around your horse, and into your heels.
    Some other things that I notice (and have already been mentioned), the way you sort of 'slouch' (fetal position is a better description xD). Pull your shoulders up and back.
    Also, watch your elbows. They kind of poke out in some of the photos. It's kind of hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like a result of not enough release (it looks as though you're sort of on his face a lot. Not a HUGE deal over small fences, but it will become more of an issue if it isn't fixed as your progress).

    These could all just be tricks of the photos: a video could be beneficial.
        09-01-2013, 09:43 PM
    I jumped her again today, and really focused on releasing, and stretching my leg down, I could feel the improvement because Nell jumped much better compared to before. Unfortunately no photos to show for it, no one came with me today. I'm really glad she's as forgiving as she is ...
    Our tack shop was having a clearance sale too, and I scored on a pair of pink OFJ boots, they're adorable
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        09-01-2013, 09:57 PM
    I think the root of the problem is that no one ever put you on a longe line and took the time to properly position you. Your body is like a tower of building blocks stacked one on top of another. If even one of those blocks is our of line then the tower is weak and likely to collapse. If all the blocks are lined up then you have a strong structure. The blocks for work on the flat should be ear, shoulder, elbow, hip, heel. Your head is up , your shoulders are back so your chest is open, your arm hangs Straight down, the elbow is bent at close to a 90 degree angle and is a fluid Hinge! Joint, the elbow sits just above your hip which is open such that your legs Hangs down and around the horse. The irons are just a place to take the weight of your leg, the weight drops in a natural fashion right down through the heel. If I came and took the iron away your leg should feel like a over cooked chicken leg, like I could rip it right off at the hip joint. It is that relaxed and giving when not being used to give a command. That way it can drape around the barrel of the horse. Pull your foot out of the iron and ride for a few rounds at a walk with a `cooked chicken leg`. Then take up the iron again. You should be able to feel the weight fall into your heel a bit more. To open your front do a Military shrug, that will set your shoulders where they need to be, remember to breath deep right from the diaphram ( in through the nose) and to shake your head NO and nod your nose YES to keep from stiffening your neck.
        09-01-2013, 11:56 PM
    Sorry for messing up the gender. Hope I didn't offend :P
        09-02-2013, 11:00 PM
    Green Broke
    In addition to what everyone else has said, I would love to see you open up your chest some more. Roll your shoulders back, stick you boobs out, and breathe deep. I find it helpful to relax my back muscles first (allowing them to be free and wiggly), and move forward afterwards, relaxing my "arm pit muscles," and then eventually untensing my sternum. It's a very mental thing, to relax one's upper body. You can practice just sitting around at home systematically releasing tense upper body muscles and breathing not just with your chest, but sucking air deep into your lower stomach.
        09-06-2013, 10:48 PM
    I could be wrong but your saddle also looks a little bit to small for you?

    Lovely standardbred btw! I own a 17hh standardbred I adopted from osas. He's currently jumping 3ft at home! They can do so much more then they are given credit for!

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        09-07-2013, 01:53 PM
    Whether it fits me properly, I wouldn't know, I just know that it's comfortable, I don't feel out of place in it, and it fits Nelly. And in addition, the fact that it's the nicest saddle I could possibly afford with student wages probably says that I have no room to buy another.

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