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    04-13-2011, 12:43 PM
Smile Critique Please!

This is my lesson from last week. MY HANDS.. are so UGLY. I can't seem to bend my dang elbows when I'm posting>.<
Anyway.. critique away!

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    04-13-2011, 12:49 PM
You are right, you need to make your elbows more elastic so your hands are not going up and down with every post.

I love that you are dressed neat and tidy. I think in general you look pretty good.

Your inside (left) leg is very busy. I am guessing he was not listening to your leg so you kept asking him to bend or move over on the circle.
    04-13-2011, 01:11 PM
I've found that if I think about having my shoulder blades back/together/chest open that I cannot lock my elbows and they then flow and follow the horse's mouth better. Not sure if that will work for everyone but it's a thought. :)

That being said, I think your posture is otherwise quite nice and you seem soft in the saddle at trot for how much work you appear to be putting in to get this horse to move. Is he on the lazy side? That becomes more noticeable at the canter (imo) as you're coming out of the saddle a bit which I think is due to your tightening of the leg to push him along.

^^ this is just my unprofessional observations. Altogether I think you two make a lovely picture.
    04-13-2011, 01:14 PM
Besides what everyone else has said, I feel you are leaning forward a bit much. However, this should get better when you fix your arms.
    04-13-2011, 02:35 PM
The left side has been horrible for some time. As for him being lazy.. HA usually far from, but I guess he likes this place a lot more than others. Thanks for the advice though! I've got a lesson this Thursday so I'll get more videos!

Also, does my saddle look a little on the small side?
    04-13-2011, 03:12 PM
Originally Posted by UnrealJumper    
The left side has been horrible for some time. As for him being lazy.. HA usually far from, but I guess he likes this place a lot more than others. Thanks for the advice though! I've got a lesson this Thursday so I'll get more videos!

Also, does my saddle look a little on the small side?

Interesting that you should say that, about the saddle, becuase I thought that your knee was a bit high on the flap and thought that lowering your stirrup one notch might help. In the posting you look like you come out of the saddle more than necessary. It helps to quiet the hand if you post a bit more with the pelvis in a forward action, so you are kind of posting "through" your hands, as if they are a steady gate that you mentall move your pelvis through (or up to). That way you are not posting so much off the knee.
So, in answer to your saddle question, I think it might be a bit small. You look tall, so maybe you need a larger seat size. Also, keeping your thumbs more up will be default put your elbows more back twoard your side. Think of your thumb knuckle as literally pointing a laser line to the bit of the horse.

Forgive me if my points are off as I am not a hunter rider so I might be way off in my judgement of what is normal.
    04-13-2011, 03:24 PM
Alright, when I ride today I'll lower my stirrups and see if it helps. Since my pony (yes, I call my 16.2 hand TB a pony hehe) and I have been out of work for a while I haven't used my saddle and in the past two weeks its really been feeling small.
    04-13-2011, 03:47 PM
What you can do for your elbows is get a crop and bend your elbows, slide the crop thru ur elbow and behind ur back and thru the other hole ur elbow makes on the other side and ride like that still holding ur reins. This will force you to keep ur arms bent and once you have muscle memory down you can remove the crop :)
    04-13-2011, 03:50 PM
If you are a hunter rider I do not think your stirrups are really too short or that you are leaning too far forward.

If you are not a hunter rider I agree with both.
    04-13-2011, 08:35 PM
I'm a jumper.. and I would love to get more into equitation!!!

I just got back home from the barn. Rode with longer stirrups and focused a lot on my hands.. sadly didn't get any videos!

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