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post #1 of 9 Old 04-18-2011, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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critique my positon

hey guys! I've been riding for about a year and a half and am completely self taught, and I thought it might do me some good to get some critique ^^ I've really only got one picture at the moment since its hard to get anyone to take picture of me, but heres what I have. We were doing a walk-canter transaction in this photo. How do we look? From what I can see, I should of given lowered/relaxed my hands a bit when I was asking, and pointed my toes in a bit more. What else?

Note that this picture was taken last summer, and that this was my first time in an english saddle xD I generally ride western.


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post #2 of 9 Old 04-19-2011, 12:58 AM
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Roll your shoulders back more, scoot forward in the saddle a little bit, get your legs under you more, and straighten your ankles. Also keep your hands down a little more. You look like you are posting off of your feet and balancing on your horse's head a bit. Remember, weight to your heels, and post with your knees, not your feet.
But cute horse btw. What breed?
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Agreed with xEquestrianx
You should move forward a little more in the saddle & get your legs underneath you, put your weight in your heels so they are down more & keep your toes in. Your hands should be a little lower with your thumbs on top of the reins. You have a nice bend in your elbow which is good :)

When you lower your hands, there should be a straight line from the bit, to your hands then to your elbows but you want to keep the bend in your elbows. There should also be a straight line from your shoulder, down to your hip then to your heel. :)

Very pretty horse :) he/she is really shiny lol
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yeah, I really have issues with my legs xD I've been working on correcting them a lot lately, which has meant a LOT of strengthening. Ever since I damaged my ankle, it rolls really easily. Thus the strange position of my feet. And you're right about me posting with my feet. I've gotten better with a lot of bareback riding, but I still do that on occasion o.o

Thankyou so much, guys, for the help. I'll definitely remember!

And she's a morgan ^^ total sweetheart and the smoothest ride you'll ever find. You'd never know she's already in her late teens!

One more thing. You mentioned moving up in the saddle a bit more, but in an english saddle I find that a bit hard. It seems like those saddles dish a bit more, so they automatically push you back. Is there a way to sort of keep my spot better? Maybe just keep working on posting with my knees more or something so that I'm not completely moving out of the saddle with each stride?

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One more thing. You mentioned moving up in the saddle a bit more, but in an english saddle I find that a bit hard. It seems like those saddles dish a bit more, so they automatically push you back. Is there a way to sort of keep my spot better? Maybe just keep working on posting with my knees more or something so that I'm not completely moving out of the saddle with each stride?

I think you'll find if you focus on putting your weight into your heels, and your legs underneath you, it'll be easier & more comfortable to sit forward a little more in the saddle :)
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You look pretty good! Just push those heels down and arch your back a bit. This will help you push your shoulders back.
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alrighty then! I'll definitely keep working on the posting xD

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Morgan? Nice! I really like Morgans. My sister shows an older morgan mare, and I've been working with a morgan filly. Very smart, nice horses.
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I love them too. Such willing, hard workers. Beautiful movement too xD Velvet is the first Morgan I've ridden and I was really pleased with her. She jumps like a deer, too. Probably one of the most versitle, kind animals I've met.

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