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post #1 of 6 Old 02-27-2014, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Critque my Horse and I

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Please critique us, this is my 23 yr. Old Morgan x gelding, we have done English flat classes at local shows but now we currently do western pleasure, so please help me out I want to do well in my riding but right now I only ride for pleasure, but would like to show again any positive and constructive critique appreciated please don't be rude. And feel free to critique my horse i'd love to see what you all think of him thanks (:

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-27-2014, 06:57 PM
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In the English pictures, your upper body looks a bit stiff. Your arms are very straight and your wrists aren't turned properly. You need some bend in your elbow, and your wrists should be close to straight with thumbs on top. Also, spend some time in two-point or stirrupless, to get your heels down better.

In the two pics with the light blue western saddle blanket, your stirrups look too short for western, which is probably what is causing your heels to come up. Lengthen your stirrups and really try to stretch down into your heel.

I like that you are always looking up to where you are going. Cute horse too, looks willing and versatile.
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Very nice for a 23 year old :)
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first of all, I love your horse! He is well built and looks relaxed, healthy and happy. Morgans are such nice horses.

The first thing I see is that you have your pelvis rocked too far forward. This puts everything else out of alignent. If you look at your body inthe first pic, it's almost like you are in a zig-zag line up. The forward tilt of your pelvie makes your arms go down, your heels go up. Its a very weak position to be in if the hrose is playing up (not that he is), it's hard on your spine, throws both you and he onto the forehand.

This picture is the best of the lot, showing you sitting up closer to how you should be:

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Agree ^

I see now that it is a whole body alignment thing. Once your back is not so arched, and your pelvis is back, your heels should come down and your arms back.
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And, it's not just bringing your upper body back, it's all about bringing your pelvis back so that you neither hollowing your back (as you are), nor roaching it. Everything will stack up better, above and below, from a well aligned pelvis.

Then you can focus on keeping thumbs up, letting you leg hang down a bit more loosely, getting your toe more forward pointing and heels more down. Do not just go pushing harder down into the stirrup tho. That will only torque you into a more crooked posture. Get up and over your seatbones. They should point directly down.

When a person rides with the seatbones pointing out backward, you will see that the horse is often behind the leg, with his hind legs trailing out behind him.
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