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    07-07-2008, 09:38 AM
  #1
Weanling
Crituque my riding-one week later (image heavy)

Get used to these posts from me in this topic; I'm committed to improving. I had my guy snap some more pictures of me this week, and even though he knows nothing about horseback riding, I was able to tell him what I was going for (leg back, shoulders back, looking up/ahead, hands up, etc) and he was "coaching" me.

Things I can see I'm still doing wrong:
-hands needs to be higher, still curling inward
-leg is still coming forward, still have chair seat
-giving more with my hands
-I still tend toward slouching/rounding my shoulders, and it is tough to break that
-I still drop my eyes a lot, and am trying to be conscious of that

































If you see something besides the things I'm noticing, please let me know. Also, I would love suggestions on how to improve the things I mentioned+anything else you see. I've been working without stirrups, and I notice that when she's acting up/not listening, I tense up, the legs come forward and I have to rely on my hands too much to direct her.
     
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    07-07-2008, 11:57 AM
  #2
Started
Like the things you mentioned, there are some things you need to work on. Everybody has something to work on so don't beat yourself up for it. I know when you are learning to ride, there is so much stuff that you want to work on and its great to hear that you really want to work on them and that shows me that you are going to become a very dedicated rider. But some of the things you mentioned that need working on can eventually lead to the fixing of others. Like bringing your leg back underneath you will help you to be more stabilized in the saddle and can lead to better upper body posture (slouching shoulders and dropping of your eyes). Another thing you can work on is repositioning your stirrups so it lays across the ball of your foot to your pinky toe. This will help you to keep your feet from turning out so much and help you to flex your ankle and bring your heels down more. I really like how you are able to keep your thumbs up on top!!
     
    07-07-2008, 03:59 PM
  #3
Weanling
Oh, I'm not beating myself up. I'm enjoying the process. :) Unfortunately, I'm not really just learning how to ride, more like re-learning the right way.

Thanks for the suggestion about stirrup placement; I'll give that a shot next time.

Did you see my initial critique thread? Have things improved in a week?
     
    07-07-2008, 06:09 PM
  #4
Foal
Your horse is very flashy!

First off, I would shorten your stirrups a good two holes. Right now they are way too long, even for dressage. Since they are too long, you are reaching for your support, and not finding it. You are stetching your legs out and forward in an effort to make contact with that iron. This is sending your upper body back and behind the motion. Once your stirrups are shortened, you will be able to sink your weight into your heel and anchor your legs at the girth.

Do lots of work in a two point position. This will strenthen your base and put your legs underneath you in the correct position.

I would also suggest a steady contact with your horses mouth. In some of the pictures you have the reins tight, but in others they are totally loose. Pick your hands up a bit so that they are not pulloing the bit down on your horses sensitive bars. This will actually cause your horse to raise his head instead of lower it.

Good luck! You are a very dedicated rider!
     
    07-07-2008, 09:34 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Just Jump It
Your horse is very flashy!

First off, I would shorten your stirrups a good two holes. Right now they are way too long, even for dressage. Since they are too long, you are reaching for your support, and not finding it. You are stetching your legs out and forward in an effort to make contact with that iron. This is sending your upper body back and behind the motion. Once your stirrups are shortened, you will be able to sink your weight into your heel and anchor your legs at the girth.

Do lots of work in a two point position. This will strenthen your base and put your legs underneath you in the correct position.

I would also suggest a steady contact with your horses mouth. In some of the pictures you have the reins tight, but in others they are totally loose. Pick your hands up a bit so that they are not pulloing the bit down on your horses sensitive bars. This will actually cause your horse to raise his head instead of lower it.

Good luck! You are a very dedicated rider!
JJI, thanks, that's great feedback. I'll definitely shorten my stirrups the next time I'm out. I kind of wondered if they were too long! I definitely need to work on picking my hands up, I'll catch myself almost resting my hands on the pommel of the saddle and that's no good.

She's not my horse :) I'm just leasing her, and she is a gorgeous girl. She's still really green, and her owner still has her for sale, so I'm just working with her in the interim until she gets sold. We're both hoping she finds a great home that can give her the training and attention she deserves.
     
    07-07-2008, 10:31 PM
  #6
Yearling
Well you look a lot better, but still need improving! You really really need to work on your leg position. Your shoulders , bum, and heels should make a vertical line if they are in the right postion. Your legs are out in front of you right know and that's not good!! Def. Shorten your stirrups a couple holes, it will help you legs move to the right position. Stronger legs will also help with your position, so riding in a half seat will help build up a stronger leg. And your hands just need to move up a little and keep those thumbs up!! Oh and in some of the pictures , you seem to lean back a lil to much or you slouch over a little bit too much. So work on keeping your shoulders back and sitting up straight. Well keep riding and I know it's tough trying to remember so many things at once when you are riding, its tough but just keep riding and you will improve greatly ! Keep posting some more pictures for us to critique! :) Good luck :)
     
    07-08-2008, 06:28 AM
  #7
Foal
As its already been said I would shorten your stirrups a good two holes and that would do wonders. Remember to lift your hands and thumbs up. Id take a bit more feel of your horses mouth, your reins are really long and loose. When you do shorten your reins make sure to move your arms forwards a bit more and make sure your arms flow with the horses walk, and are nice and quiet at the trot. A good way to know how that feels is to hold the cantle of your saddle while your horse is trotting with one hand, notice how your elbow opens and closes with it? Your arms should be moving nice and freely like that with your horse. You seem to have a super nice upper body, and you have great heels for your stirrups being so long!
Your horse is super cute, and that's awesome that you want to learn more!
     
    07-11-2008, 03:32 PM
  #8
Weanling
Thanks equinegrl and george!

Quick visual comparison. I am riding in two different saddles in these pictures. I'm not buying the one in the 2nd picture, and that's the one where my stirrups are too long. Is the length in the 1st picture what I should be looking for, that angle?



     
    07-12-2008, 07:04 AM
  #9
Foal
Yes that is more of the angle you want, part of this also, is your sitting too far back in the saddle, wiggle forwards so your sitting at the front as far as comfortable..
Turn your toes in to love :) if you walk around on the ground with your toes facing in for a day, and every time you sit down make sure your feet are straight or slightly twisting in, it'll com naturally when you sit on a horse
Bend your elbows :)
Another thing, do try to look up to where your going, but at the moment, your position of your head and neck is to high, your chin needs to be slightly tucked down closer to your neck, you'll hurt your neck if you keep riding like that and it'll change your centre of balance.
:) hope this makes sense
     
    07-14-2008, 05:47 PM
  #10
Started
For your back, you can put a crop in-between your elbows and behind your back (while someone is lounging you) and that will help you keep your shoulders back.

Also for your chair seat.... drop your sturrups ... you will not have them to depend on and it should help you bring your leg back a bit.
     

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