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post #1 of 7 Old 07-21-2009, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my postion please

Ok, first sorry for the small image. This was taken back in June 2007 at Bird's Hill Park in Manitoba at a Dressage Show.



I was riding with a different stable/coach at the time. When I returned back to my current stable, my coach was unimpressed and said I was very sloppy, which I must agree.

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-21-2009, 08:27 PM
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Try to get a more upright seat...think straight line from shoulder to hip, to heel, basically; in dressage, you want to be pretty much in an upright position at all times, not so far forward.

Your foot seems to have slipped too far forward as well, so it also has swung a bit 'outward' too.

Your leg is too far forward too, which can effect the ability to push your horse to drive from the rear; which he is not really engaged from behind; notice how far his rear leg that's coming foward is from his front foot that will be leaving the ground...it's too far away, which means he isn't driving from behind really well.

If you fix your position, you will be able to help your horse drive foward and into the bit, from his hind end, which will improve both of your marks\scores.

Oh, and beautiful Appy, I might add!

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Try to get a more upright seat...think straight line from shoulder to hip, to heel, basically; in dressage, you want to be pretty much in an upright position at all times, not so far forward.

Your foot seems to have slipped too far forward as well, so it also has swung a bit 'outward' too.

Your leg is too far forward too, which can effect the ability to push your horse to drive from the rear; which he is not really engaged from behind; notice how far his rear leg that's coming foward is from his front foot that will be leaving the ground...it's too far away, which means he isn't driving from behind really well.

If you fix your position, you will be able to help your horse drive foward and into the bit, from his hind end, which will improve both of your marks\scores.

Oh, and beautiful Appy, I might add!
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-23-2009, 04:46 PM
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I also agree with mom2pride, I just wanted to add that your stirrups are too long, and you need to move your stirrup to the ball of your foot and turn your leg so your toes are pointed forward. Since this is from 2007, you should post a new pic so we can see the difference :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-23-2009, 08:01 PM
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Hello...
I agree with the first two posters.
Do you have any recent photos?
You mentioned this is from 2007, I am just asking because if your still riding I bet you have improved since this photo was taken! :)
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-25-2009, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you ladies! I don't have any recent pics show-wise, but I can get some and redo the test at home with Murray and will post it again. I'm glad I kept my test scores all these years! Lol

Mom2pride: Thank you so much. And he's a POA named Jumpy. Love that lil guy too bad his owner was a witch.

Oh, and if anyone can see, right by the number card, he has NO EYE. =]

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-25-2009, 06:58 AM
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The first thing that I noticed was that your feet are a bit too far into your stirrups. A simple mistake.

Clippety clop and such...
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