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post #11 of 27 Old 02-28-2011, 04:06 PM
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When you cue her to do something, your cueing her too high up on her stomach. I only saw this a couple of times, but just make sure you keep your heel down when you cue her because it will confuse her otherwise. I have this same problem. Lol also, try to squeeze tighter with your thighs. That saddle is kind of small, I know it's not yours, but in another saddle try sitting further back & deeper in it & I don't do reining so I'm not sure if this applies but shoulders back otherwise I thought it was pretty good
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post #12 of 27 Old 02-28-2011, 04:14 PM
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The biggest thing that I noticed was the posting. Your shoulders were to far forward, making the stirrups will help in doing this but not completely fix it.

Good riding tho! And nice horse!

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I can't critique since I know NOTHING about western, but i see a soft, gentle rider with a very sweet, happy horse!

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Amen, Zimpatico.
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post #15 of 27 Old 02-28-2011, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
The biggest thing that I noticed was the posting. Your shoulders were to far forward, making the stirrups will help in doing this but not completely fix it.

Good riding tho! And nice horse!
Thanks. I used to ride english and I know you do. So I guess the posting sticks out a bit more to us. I was beginning to think that I was dead wrong and missing something.
But op, like I said, posting is HARD! I don't care what anyone says it is hard and takes a lot of practice to get it just right. So I hope that is encouraging to you :)

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Wow, great horse, and you are a great rider! Other than the stirrups, and the saddle seat, you look great.
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post #17 of 27 Old 02-28-2011, 04:40 PM
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Agreed. I think my comments about the trotting, if the stirrups got lowered, I think it would probably go away.

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post #18 of 27 Old 02-28-2011, 05:13 PM
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^^ The link doesnt work, and riding a reiner and riding horsemanship are 2 different styles of riding.
OMG sorry!! I thought it was horsemanship! My bad!! But you look great and the horse is cute!
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post #19 of 27 Old 02-28-2011, 05:25 PM
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I know you're aware of it...but I think that is causing the awkward look to your posting. I'm GUESSING that if you lowered those stirrups so that you could have that nice long, stable'd be just fine

You ride very well, I admire your turns on the forehand/haunches...spins, whatever the term is! You and your horse make quite a good team. I don't think anybody is wrong on the posting. It does look funny, but it's not anything off-timed or completely wrong...I honestly think it's the stirrup length that makes it look forced. Post a video without jockey style to be sure that's it, but again...very nice riding otherwise.

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post #20 of 27 Old 02-28-2011, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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First off, thanks for all the tips.
What I have gotten so far is that I should lengthen my stirrups (which I saw once I watched my video), look where I want to go, work on asking with my leg before using spur (which should be better once I lower the stirrups), when posting I should keep my shoulders back. If I missed anything please post again.

When I ride tomorrow I will work on all those things and try to post another video. As for lowering my stirrups, how much do you think I should lower them? I am used to riding with fairly short stirrups so I don't want to have them too long.

Thanks for the positive comments tinyliny, equiniphile, and Zimpatico, it does great things for my riding when people say I ride good. My goal is to be soft and relaxed. I am a crazy perfectionist to the point of being obsessive so I have to really concentrate on staying relaxed.
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