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        12-16-2010, 01:59 AM
    Exclamation Critique my riding please!

    Be as harsh as you want, cos I really want to improve... Oh and these pics are like 2 months old so I am slightly better now than I was in these pix... My steed is called Mate and he is not mine - He is the riding schools, and please don't critique him, only me, thanks!
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        12-16-2010, 02:13 AM
    I really like your leg contact in the last pic, in the first one, you could bring in your toes and put the stirrup on the ball of your foot. In the first one, you are gripping with your knees and as a result, you are tipping forward over the front of the pommel of the saddle nearly. Your arms are a liiiitle to straight and don't have much "give" in them. You could also bring your elbows in as well. In the first one also, relax and sit back a little
    But other than that, I like youe leg contact and you look like you really love mate good luck and practice makes perfect!!!
    I have attached a cartoon poster that is off a website with some things to remember in it that will help with your psoiton Its up on my wall lol.
        12-16-2010, 02:14 AM
    Well it didnt turn out but anyway, this is the website.
    Horsewyse magazine: when on that site click "enter site"
    >articles>ride right
    or there are "30 top riding tips to look at
        12-16-2010, 02:44 AM
    hahah thanks :) and im much better now trust me lol but yeah :) hahah I guess I should say that was my first time riding Mate and I fell off him later that lesson when we were doing crosspoles lol he overjumps alot and I didnt know XD

    And thanks that's awesome tips I love Horsewyse
        12-16-2010, 08:28 AM
    When cantering, as in the third pic (pretty sure you are cantering lol) make sure you don't grip with your legs. Your lower leg is sliding up, bringing your heel up with it. Sit deep in the saddle, and think about 'growing tall'. This will help you sit the canter without gripping.

    You really look like you enjoy riding, and are having fun. That is going to help you ride better, because relaxing and enjoying it solves so many problems :)
        12-16-2010, 02:13 PM
    I like where your hands are, but you can use more bend in your elbow.

    Your lower leg is too far forward, and you stirrup is too close to your heal, it should be on the ball of your foot. Having your stirrup here makes it harder to keep your heal down.

    Also, you are on the wrong diagonal in the first picture.
        12-16-2010, 02:34 PM
    You leg needs to be back more, and keep your heels down. There needs to be more bend in your elbow. Try bringing your hands back towards you a little more, so that your upper arm is lying right by your sides.
        12-16-2010, 04:14 PM
    Thanks everyone! Good advice Ah I officially hate diagonals... lol
        12-16-2010, 09:35 PM
    U actully look really good
    Seriously you and the horse look very comfortable together
        12-16-2010, 10:04 PM
    Just wanted to add, keep your thumbs up!!!!!!! They are up in some pictures, but not in others so work on the consistency there. I think the others got the rest of what I was going to say. :)

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