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        02-28-2011, 08:11 PM
      #21
    Trained
    I like my stirrups so I can stand in them and just get my fist under my seat and the saddle so about 4 inch. You will find that this will also help your stops, rollbacks and turns too.


         
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        02-28-2011, 08:17 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Do the ol' stirrup length test. Take the stirrup and measure it about to your armpit. Then I usually go up two holes. I have found it works pretty good if I do that. :)
         
        02-28-2011, 08:22 PM
      #23
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I think you ride very well. One of the better Western riders I have seen post on this forum. Your horse is a very nice mover and has a correct lope and good jog. Don't mess it up by slowing her too much .
    She's a doll!

    You just need those stirrups down. Your posting was actually not bad. You moved in rythm with the horse, which has a slightly choppy rapid stride at trotting out, and that's what is important. I didn't see you bopping the saddle at all, in fact the horse looked pretty happy and comfortable with you on her. You seem to have a very trusting relationahip.
    The ONLY thing you really need to work on, already mentioned, was the overtwisting of the upper body. You ride so quietly overall (a little too noticeaqble spur work , keep it lower and try for ankle movement only) so you need to quiet the upper body in that lateral work.

    I could not ride half as nicely as you do, and that's the plain truth.
    I totally I agree with tinyliny on this one, other than the end part as I obviously haven't seen her ride! ;)

    You do seem like a very quiet rider, and your horse has the word "willing" written all over her. She's responds quietly to your aids and looks to have a lot of 'try'!

    Again, as others have said, having your stirrups lower will make it easier for you to make the spur cues subtler, as well as you will be able to easily as with leg before resorting to the spur. I think putting them down will also completely correct your posting, as it seems like you obviously know HOW to post, its just the awkward stirrup length is making it a little wonky.

    Like someone else has already mentioned, when you twist your body to watch her hip, you are shifting your weight. Now, you obviously also know that your seat is an important aid (as I saw you sit deeper for slowing the gaits/stops, etc.) so did you not also realize that you shifting your weight so drastically could also be sending her mixed signals?

    Just something to think about.. :)

    Great job though, I'm glad to see some of the awesome western riders on this forum!
         
        02-28-2011, 08:46 PM
      #24
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by x Branded Heart x    
    I totally I agree with tinyliny on this one, other than the end part as I obviously haven't seen her ride! ;)

    You do seem like a very quiet rider, and your horse has the word "willing" written all over her. She's responds quietly to your aids and looks to have a lot of 'try'!

    Again, as others have said, having your stirrups lower will make it easier for you to make the spur cues subtler, as well as you will be able to easily as with leg before resorting to the spur. I think putting them down will also completely correct your posting, as it seems like you obviously know HOW to post, its just the awkward stirrup length is making it a little wonky.

    Like someone else has already mentioned, when you twist your body to watch her hip, you are shifting your weight. Now, you obviously also know that your seat is an important aid (as I saw you sit deeper for slowing the gaits/stops, etc.) so did you not also realize that you shifting your weight so drastically could also be sending her mixed signals?

    Just something to think about.. :)

    Great job though, I'm glad to see some of the awesome western riders on this forum!
    I do realize that my weight does alot for cues but I guess I didn't realize that my weight was in a bad position that much. I guess in the back of my mind I realize that looking towards her hip would throw me off balance but as I said before, it seems to make it easier for me to tell if she is crossing over. I guess I should be looking forward and just shifting my weight onto the correct hip to get her to move her hip over. She has already started to associate me sitting deeper on one to giving her hip. As in if I sit on my right hip and put my leg on, she should move her hip to the left. If that makes sense.

    Other than when I was asking for her hip do you guys notice that I am often riding with my weight shifted to one side or the other?

    This is going to make me sound pretty dumb but I have just noticed that the saddle I have ridden in for over 5 years is sitting crooked on my horse which has in turn made me sit crooked all the time. As in the front of my saddle is more to the left of her withers and the back is more to the right of her backbone. Which makes me sit more on the left side of my saddle which is where my crooked riding comes from. The video was the first time on this horse that I didn't use my crooked saddle. You would think that I would have noticed something like a crooked saddle sooner but I am pretty dumb when it comes to stuff like that. Give a horse to ride and I will ride it but I don't know much about stuff like saddle fitting. Obviously I am looking for a different saddle but as my plan was to buy a barrel saddle next I will have to find one that I like which might take a while where I live.
         
        02-28-2011, 10:26 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    As far as your stirrups go, it very well may be trial and error. The important thing is for you to be comfortable, but if your "comfortable" length is not the "ideal" length, slowly work toward it by lengthening a little at a time. If you're used to a short stirrup, you won't feel comfortable going straight to a real long stirrup, so go a little at a time. :)

    I was surprised to see you say that you have a hard time relaxing! I saw once or twice that you seemed to stiffen up at the trot...but overall you seemed very relaxed, natural, and soft as a rider....it was nice to watch...can't imagine how nice your ride will be when your legs can stretch! LOVE the horse too, what an angel.
         
        02-28-2011, 10:39 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    I just wanted to add that I agree with everyone who says you are a nice, soft, relaxed rider. I should have said it in my first post, but since you specifically wanted critiques on what you can improve, I failed to mention your strong points. Sorry.
         
        03-01-2011, 08:52 AM
      #27
    Foal
    Well I'm glad I look relaxed to everyone. I actually brought my dad along and he has a way of making me think about what I'm doing before I get tense. Not that he says anything it is just his presence. (now I sound weird haha)

    Don't worry about it Sahara, I did ask for critique not for everyone to praise me. Though I'm not complaining :)
         

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