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 020.jpg
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!
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!
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 :)
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: http://equineink.files.wordpress.com...2/dsc00028.jpg
But with hands higher up of course, not on the horses neck. The way your holding your hands is what we call piano hands :]
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.