Critique my Seat please.

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding Critique

Critique my Seat please.

This is a discussion on Critique my Seat please. within the Horse Riding Critique forums, part of the Riding Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-21-2011, 06:43 PM
Question Critique my Seat please.

I am normally a western rider and I occasionally get an opportunity to ride English, I want to get better at it so...... (Suck in big breath and hold)..... I am opening my self for some criticism. This is me riding the last time I rode English..... What do you think? (tucks hear under arms and peaks out tentatively) lol
Sponsored Links
    02-21-2011, 06:49 PM
You are holding the reins incorrectly for english, they should be between your ring and pinky finger. But other than that, I think you look pretty good! To be nit-picky I would say hands up and together a little more, and maybe inclined only SLIGHTLY more forward. And I guess your heels could go down a little, but those are all only little things that will make it perfect :) Good job!
    02-21-2011, 07:07 PM
The hands are the only thing I would critique...keep your elbows in and keep your arms elastic. Your elbows are too straight in this picture and need to bend a little to bring your hands up. Not up high, but just so that your elbow is almost a 90 degree angle...obviously with the elasticity, the angle will not be the same the whole time you ride..but that's a starting point to think of. Your leg positioning is great, and you're sitting up nice and straight--AWESOME line from shoulder to hip, to heel!
    02-21-2011, 07:46 PM
I agree, I like that you're sitting up tall and I wouldn't be leaning forward at all from where you are now. Other than your arms/hands which have already been mentioned, I think you look quite nice :)
    02-22-2011, 01:42 AM
I agree with the hands, and that's the only thing I really see. As everyone else said, bend your elbows a bit more, fold your thumb over the top of the reins. Like this:
But with hands higher up of course, not on the horses neck. The way your holding your hands is what we call piano hands :]
    02-22-2011, 03:51 AM
Raise your hands, bring them closer together, thumbs on top, and RELAX.

I think you have got some potential to ride well in English.
Now, was that as scary as you thought it would be?
    02-22-2011, 05:28 AM
Well if you want me to critique your seat, I would say it looks really good. I'm sorry couldnt resist. Yeah just your hands like others have said.
    02-22-2011, 11:15 AM
Thank you guys, I just noticed my hands and even western I never ride that way unless a horse pulls his head away and I am trying to get it back, but that doesn't look like the case here so not sure why that pinky is on top of the reins. My hands are usually open to ride on a loose rein and feel their mouth with my fingers as light as possible... at least that is what I try to keep in mind when I ride but all my pics seem to have bad hands and tight rein lol... It doesn't help that most the pics I have of me on a horse are standing still or taken myself with a timer lol.

Thank you so much for your help I'll have to work on the hands more when I get to ride again.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Critique My Hunt Seat RidingTowardsGrace Horse Riding Critique 5 11-04-2010 02:24 AM
Critique my seat please maddiemaisie Horse Riding Critique 7 06-09-2010 12:35 PM
Critique my seat :] idance0nhooves Horse Riding Critique 3 09-28-2008 05:04 PM
Hunt Seat Eq critique sandsarita Horse Riding Critique 17 02-14-2008 03:24 PM
Critique my seat TexasTroubleTwo Horse Riding Critique 8 09-15-2007 12:30 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:57 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0