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    03-27-2010, 10:22 PM
  #1
Weanling
Critique my riding (4th lesson)

I had my 4th lesson today. I have watched a lot of lessons and have a lot of theory, but am just now getting to put that theory to practice. Today I was working on posting on the correct diagonal, getting the correct leads when loping, and leg yields. I love this horse. He makes me laugh so hard. He is always thinking, especially when ropes are concerned. He will sit there and nibble and toss his head and try to undo the rope, when he gets it undone, he walks about 10 feet away and stands there. He's an extremely mellow horse, yet he makes the riders ride and work.

Please remember that I am a relatively new rider, (and don't comment on my size because I'm already self conscious enough about that).

A note on the stirrups--today I felt like my feet were slipping in them so we decided to raise them a little today to see if that helped. It seemed to, but now I feel it in my knees. I may try my daughter's saddle next time to see if I get a better fit.

Things I find myself struggling with: reins. I can't figure out how to hold them correctly. I'm also struggling on leg placement. We're working on that.



(Wrong diagonal)




And, the halter I made a couple of weeks ago

     
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    03-27-2010, 10:39 PM
  #2
Started
No time for critique, but even if I did, everything will be fixed with more time in the saddle.
But wow, you look awesome for your fourth lesson!
:]
     
    03-27-2010, 10:47 PM
  #3
Banned
Hold them with one hand. Your doing it the english way by holding the reins like your riding english :)
Its okay to do that but I suggest holding with one hand and one hand behind your back.. I know what you mean about the leg issue I have that problem with it going way to far back just place it underneath you in front of the leg... Anyways you look good for your 4th lesson :)
More lessons will help you with your leg issue.
     
    03-27-2010, 11:13 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by EventersBabe    
hold them with one hand. Your doing it the english way by holding the reins like your riding english :)
Its okay to do that but I suggest holding with one hand and one hand behind your back.. I know what you mean about the leg issue I have that problem with it going way to far back just place it underneath you in front of the leg... Anyways you look good for your 4th lesson :)
More lessons will help you with your leg issue.
My instructor wants me to use both hands. I trust her, she's good at what she does, so I'll stick with what she wants me to do. I know she's explained to me once why she wants me to use 2 hands, but I'll ask again at the next lesson.
     
    03-27-2010, 11:23 PM
  #5
Yearling
I think you look FANTASTIC for your fourth lesson, and the expression on your face is so awesome, looks like you're really enjoying yourself! (Especially in the wrong diagonal picture). I would say keep your shoulders square and back a little more, but that's the best I can do for western critiquing :)
     
    03-28-2010, 12:06 AM
  #6
Yearling
I would try to put my legs a bit more forward... But you are doing an amazing job!
     
    03-28-2010, 12:25 AM
  #7
Foal
Heels down will fix alot of your questions and your knees won't take so much of the brunt if your heels are down but right now your toes are down. Also, if your heels are down you will be able to wrap your legs around barrel better and you may find your stirrups are still too long at that point.
     
    03-28-2010, 08:39 AM
  #8
Yearling
Put your legs a little more forward, by the cinch. Put all your weight into your heels so your toes are pointed up and your heels down.
But for your fourth lesson you're looking good! Keep at it :]
     
    03-28-2010, 08:41 AM
  #9
Yearling
Also an added thing about the reins, try to point your thumbs up, so your not holding your fists flat. If your hands so that your thumbs are pointed upwards then you will have a better hold on the reins I think.
     
    03-28-2010, 08:51 AM
  #10
Banned
I think the biggest issue right now is that the saddle does not fit you. This unfortunately compromises your position quite a bit, which otherwise would be naturally quite good.
     

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