Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Definitely boots on (its dangerous plus when you jump off you can twist the ankle, which is not fun at all). Helmet would be nice too, especially if you plan on jumping.
1) You are not aligned: on 1st pic you leg is very far, heels are up and you are leaning forward, on 2nd pic your leg is too forward and again leaning. Although (folks, correct me if I'm wrong) I was told by jumping trainer you want to slightly lean forward even on flat work (totally different from my dressage trainer though). However since you don't jump riding aligned would make more sense to me. As JDI already said: try to be straight in your shoulder-hip-heel.
2) I can't quite see your hands, but do you hold the rein correctly? I mean the angle of your hand makes me think you may not. The elbow-hand-rein should be all one line.
You look very athletic as well as your horse, so just keep working. I'd highly recommend to start taking lessons. Even once or twice/month with good instructor would help you progress much faster.
Thanks :) he's finally back into part time work and it feels good. My BO said he is looking good too.
I will definitely work on the straight line, I know I need to. Yeah, I hold my reins correctly normally but, I have no idea what went on with that.
I am going to be getting an instructor and working with an instructor.
Originally Posted by PaintingMissy
I would recommend getting a larger seat saddle. I know in the real world this is way unrealistic but something to look forward to into the future, In the second picture I noticed that your butt is almost at the end of your cantle and I have always been told that you want a hand's width back there. Also you might want to check your sturrip length. You looking kind of scrunched which could be pushing your forward. The sturrip iron, if you drop your leg down naturally, should rest just about your ankle bone.
I really don't have money to spend on a new saddle, it's also very hard to find a saddle to fit my TB and this one fits him and it's a 17 1/2 so, it's really already big with me. I am looking to get a new saddle though, been for a couple of months.
I had them on 8 and they were really short so, I agree with making them longer. I think at my length I ride with my stirrups at either 6 or 7 and they rest at my ankle bone at that length. I was just really lazy today...