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        12-01-2011, 07:29 PM
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    Yearling
    Critique Us Please?

    This is my horse Paradise and I. He is a 5 year old OTTB. He has been off the track for a year now and been in training since Late January/Early February of this year. I'm the only rider he has had since he stopped racing. I have been riding for about 7 years but haven't had much formal training. I would like to use him for some low level dressage but I am doing a lot of two-point here to strengthen my lower legs. I would like to start jumping next year, but not on him. It's okay to be harsh/nit-picky :) So if you have any suggestions on how to improve, I would accept them gratefully :) Thanks in advance everyone!

    Oh, and sorry about the blurriness!!
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        12-01-2011, 07:31 PM
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    Yearling
    More Trotting Pics :) They say two-point but I think I was just posting :P
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        12-02-2011, 03:08 PM
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    Yearling
    Also, does it look like this saddle fits us? And is my stirrup length okay? Thanks!
         
        12-02-2011, 03:20 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    I'm no expert but I'll just say what I see

    First of all, your two point. In most of the pictures t looks like you are just standing up in your stirrups. You don't really need to come out of the saddle technically. You just need to close your hip angle and give a little release with the reins. When you're jumping, the horse should come to you, you shouldn't go to the horse.

    You have "penguin feet" as my trainer used to say! Try not to point your toes outwards, aim them at your horses nose. Doing this will keep your leg around the horse more, keeping you more balanced I think.

    I can't answer about the saddle. You should get that professionally fitted.

    Hope I have helped in some way
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        12-02-2011, 03:38 PM
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    Yearling
    Thanks for your reply! I wasn't sure if I was doing two-point correctly :/ I was mainly trying to get my lower legs stronger. Guess I will have to do some more reading on that one :P Yeah I have a problem with keeping my toes pointed forward, thanks to pointing that out, I didn't even realize that while I was riding.
         
        12-02-2011, 03:45 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by trIplEcrOwngIrl    
    Thanks for your reply! I wasn't sure if I was doing two-point correctly :/ I was mainly trying to get my lower legs stronger. Guess I will have to do some more reading on that one :P Yeah I have a problem with keeping my toes pointed forward, thanks to pointing that out, I didn't even realize that while I was riding.
    Looking at pictures for reference will help too. You'll get it One of the ways I improve(d) my lower leg was by taking my stirrups away. Maybe try that?
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        12-02-2011, 03:52 PM
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    Yearling
    Thanks, I will try that! :)
         
        12-02-2011, 11:52 PM
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    Yearling
    Hands down. You can't ask for an upward transition if you're pulling/balancing on your hands.
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        12-03-2011, 12:05 AM
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    Yearling
    Yeah, my hands were pretty bad there :/ So like bring them closer to his withers?
         
        12-03-2011, 12:14 AM
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    Well, kudos to you for working to strengthen your legs by riding in two point. I majorly suck at two point, but since I dont' jump, I don't really need it.

    In any case, I agree that the way you have your foot turned out is causing too much tension (or maybe the tension cuases the leg to turn out). But in any case, you look quite tense, or "forced". I see this not only becasue the foot is Penguiny, but becasue you have your lower back rolled too far forward. YOu spine looks really tight into a "C" shape.

    On the good side, your horse seems relaxed and you are riding so very careful of his mouth. Really, if you could get a few lessons I think you are doing rather well and will progress rapidly.
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