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        07-01-2008, 12:32 PM
      #1
    Banned
    Critique my riding with Sonny :) (lots o' pictures)

    Okay, I posted pictures of me and Devon to be critiqued and yes I know my position was HORRIBLE with him because he was sooo darn fast lol

    Also feel free to critique my boy as well if you'd like hehe

    (also here are some older pictures when I first got him and please say if I've gotten better or worse)
    2/8/08:

    (sorry about it being blurry) less than a month after I bought him

    4:28/08: (yes big gap...usually I ride alone so no one is able to take pictures)


    5/8/08:

    (we are cantering hehe)

    5/20/08:

    (yes I know I am leaning too far forward hehe...please don't mention that)

    6/23/08:


    6/29/08:

    (and yes his back is rounded...I'll put a picture to compare his back to)

    Okay now look...compair these pictures...in the first one, the saddle is ABOVE the highest point on his hips...on the other one it's below :)

    Be as harsh as you want hehe I don't care
         
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        07-01-2008, 12:59 PM
      #2
    Banned
    Also...give me like 10 minutes or so and I'll post the links to videos hehe
         
        07-01-2008, 01:00 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    The last two pics are good. You look more relaxed and in tune with what he is doing :) He also looks like he's getting the working through his back thing...huge improvement in just a couple of months :) good job! Keep working at it!

    ETA: last 3 pics, actually ;)
         
        07-01-2008, 01:15 PM
      #4
    Showing
    One thing I notice that is consistant with your pictures (I'm comparing these to the ones with Devon as well) is that you're posting weird. In all your trotting pictures you are landing in the back of the saddle with your legs waaaay out in front of you. Bring your legs back underneath of you and focus on posting forwards and up rather than ... backwards?!
    Imagine there is a spring attached to your belly button and it's pulling your pelvis forwards and up at a 45 degree angle every time you post. Try posting from your knees (not gripping!) and keep your lower leg back underneath of you.
    Another thing I find is consistant with you is your toe down, heel up thing... that needs to be reversed :)
    Overall, I think the picture of your best position is the second picture.. your shoulders, hips and heels look to be in a semi-straight line. From there on in you seem to have developed a chair seat... maybe riding without stirrups might help you there - then you'll have to rely all your balance on your seat, and you will have to bring your legs back underneath you.
    I hope my post makes sense.. let me know if I can clarify anything.. it's a little all over the place haha!
    Overall you're looking good :) and I'm very happy to see these many pictures, I believe it improves ANY rider's riding.
         
        07-01-2008, 01:22 PM
      #5
    Banned
    Well with the heel down thing...my ankles are weak and no matter how I try to stretch them to stay down they only stay down part of the time, not all the time. I'm still working on that.

    Also, for the pictures of me in an English saddle, I was more than likely posting at a trot...but when I am in the western I don't post at all

    I've done some work without stirrups and I'm fine without them (actually half of the lesson I don't use stirrups lol). Would you honestly consider that a chair seat? I mean, I've seen a girl with a chair seat and her position doesn't even come close to mine at all.

    Also, JDI (and to everyone also) what do you guys think of Sonny? Think he has gotten better over time?
         
        07-01-2008, 02:45 PM
      #6
    Super Moderator
    Your western pix are way better than your english, you even have him pretty much underneath himself and on the bit... he's a little strung out and could be more collected but WAY better than english. I think you may be a western rider.

    Your stirrup length looks ok however I would go ahead and shorten them one or two holes because you are reaching for them, until you can get your heels down you really should go ahead and ride w/ just one or two holes shorter. Work on stretching your legs down and do your heel excersizes. You need to move your lower leg back just a bit but in all, your western pix are really cute. You are sitting up straight, your shoulders are back you look comfortable... The sidesaddle pic you actually ahve your heels down!

    If you can get your leg back and heel down western, that will really help you with your english too. Part of why your english is so strung out and sloppy is because you are reaching so much for your stirrups, you have alot of movement in your legs.

    Very cute pix though! Way better than your Devon shots!!!
         
        07-01-2008, 02:47 PM
      #7
    Super Moderator
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    Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
    well with the heel down thing...my ankles are weak and no matter how I try to stretch them to stay down they only stay down part of the time, not all the time. I'm still working on that.

    Also, for the pictures of me in an English saddle, I was more than likely posting at a trot...but when I am in the western I don't post at all

    I've done some work without stirrups and I'm fine without them (actually half of the lesson I don't use stirrups lol). Would you honestly consider that a chair seat? I mean, I've seen a girl with a chair seat and her position doesn't even come close to mine at all.

    Also, JDI (and to everyone also) what do you guys think of Sonny? Think he has gotten better over time?
    Chair seat... a little harsh, but definitely not lined up. Take a ruler and hold it to the pix. Your heel should line up with your hip and your shoulder. Your toe should line up with your knee. It's over all not horrific. I see progress in you AND your horse....
         
        07-01-2008, 03:12 PM
      #8
    Showing
    Not a definite chair seat, but your lower leg definitely is out of line with your hip.
    Yes, I agree with Farmpony, definite improvement.
         
        07-01-2008, 03:33 PM
      #9
    Banned
    I thought though, that for western, you wanted the longer stirrups so your leg was straighter....maybe I heard it wrong.....
         
        07-01-2008, 04:08 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    Not nesscesarily...you want your stirrups to be adjusted to where you can put your arm under it, stretch it out, and the bottom of the stirrup fit neatly in your armpit.

    I would say as a rule that western stirrups are longer than ones on a jumping saddle, but not by much ;)
         

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