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    10-21-2009, 07:33 PM
Critique my riding

Okay I haven't really been riding in a long time but I do know my faults and know that my trainer said I'd make the equestrian team for college after I leave the community college. I am also preparing myself to become a riding instructor for beginner riders. Anyways I have been riding for 13 years and 9 years in english riding. Please don't tell me I am not capable of being a riding instructor I have exsperience with teaching and helping out. Okay so here it is.
Her name is Larken she's a little on the stubborn side I couldnt bend her she wouldn't bend and wouldn't stay straigh on the wall.

Okay and I know my heels aren't down. I am working on it I can keep them down but they always end up not staying down so I am working on making them stay down.

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    10-21-2009, 07:48 PM
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Other than your heels the only other thing I see is that you tend to put your thumbs inward instead of up. Puppy dog hands to not feel good on the horse's mouth!

Other than that, your position looks fine to me. Cute horse!
    10-21-2009, 07:49 PM
Okay thank-you. Yes I do see that my thumbs aren't up urg I didn't realize that.
In a few of my pics my heels are down but you can hardly see them.
    10-21-2009, 08:03 PM
Pull your foot a bit out of the stirrup. Your heels will go down without effort. You really don't need a lot of stirrup-- just the ball of your foot will do. That'll also help in the case of a fall-- you don't want to be dragged!
    10-21-2009, 08:05 PM
Thanks. I will do that I didn't realize it wasnt at the ball of my foot.
    10-21-2009, 08:15 PM
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On some of the photos where you are sitting in the saddle, you are sitting a little too much back on you buttocks. Try shifting your weight a little further forward (toward your pubic bone).

That, and putting the stirrup irons on the ball of your foot instead of the "home" position (as said earlier). Would go a long way to improve your equitation.

We can address the bending issues separately.....
    10-21-2009, 08:16 PM
Okay thank-you I will work on that as well.
    10-21-2009, 08:41 PM
^agreed with above posters^

I want to add though- it seems you are trying to bend with the inside rein. Instead, focus on pushing her out with you inside leg into your outside rein, with a bit of outside leg to "close the door" so she doesn't bulge. You can keep contact with the inside rein, but don't use it to bend
    10-21-2009, 08:53 PM
Originally Posted by 1dog3cats17rodents    
^agreed with above posters^

I want to add though- it seems you are trying to bend with the inside rein. Instead, focus on pushing her out with you inside leg into your outside rein, with a bit of outside leg to "close the door" so she doesn't bulge. You can keep contact with the inside rein, but don't use it to bend
I was doing a circle and my trainer was wanting me to bend her with my inside rein. By lifting it up bit.

    10-25-2009, 01:38 PM
Put more bend at your elbow, keep your shoulders back, & sit up tall. Your hands should never cross over your horse's neck, and should always stay slightly widened (not touching together like in the 5th picture) & relatively even. You need to be bending by pushing her into your outside hand with your inside leg, regardless of what pattern you're doing (circuits around the arena, circles, serpentines, tight turns, whatever). The inside rein can be used in a take-give motion to help encourage her to drop her head or look in, but it should never be used as the primary aid, only as a secondary support system when you need it. In the 5th picture, it looks like your heel is slipping up & you are thrusting too far forward when you post. This can be caused by trying to push yourself up with the ball of your foot. I'd recommend dropping your stirrups and working on posting using only your thighs. Also, make sure you're keeping your leg around your horse, putting equal weight into both of your stirrups, and not letting your toes point out.

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