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        12-16-2007, 07:16 PM
    Any more critiques? I would really like to know what am doing wrong.
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        12-16-2007, 09:15 PM
    You kind of pump with your body when you should relax your lower back and hips and let them move with the horse, same thing with your hands. Your horse should be bent to the inside, always.. that might help with her leaning. (to answer your question, most horses lean a little bit, especially on a tighter circle/corner.. you should stretch up the inside of your body and keep your shoulders level to help balance the horse. The leaning shouldn't be enough to cause them to break down to a trot.. in that case the horse is not pushing off the hind and bent to the inside)

    At some points it looks like your hands are moving a bit and in some of the pictures there is not a straight line from elbow to bit, pin your elbows to your sides and have a bit more bend at your elbow.. The horse is not on the bit and is not really driving from behind as much as (i think) she/he could be. Gettting the horse bending and driving from behind will help with your transitions too. Your toe is a little far in the stirrup for my taste, but as long as its not more than 1/3 of the way in its not really at fault. =]

    In the pictures your heels-hip-shoulder alignment is good, and you have nice deep heels and what seems to be a solid lower leg. I like your breeches too! =]

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