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        08-05-2010, 12:22 PM
    Are you sure your stirrups are the right length? A lot of western riders have a tendency to keep their english leathers too long when they first make the switch. Try a hole up from where it "feels" right, maybe? In the video, it looks like that might be part of your problem. Overall, you are doing a lot better than I did after my 6th lesson.
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        08-05-2010, 08:50 PM
    I will do that next time. :) Thank-you. Lol.
        08-05-2010, 11:47 PM
    I thought you looked great! Especially for being so new to english tack! Very natural! Noticed the position of your foot in the stirrup, which is tricky to get used to when you go from western to english. Play with your stirrup length a little, depending on what you want to do. Dressage riders keep a little longer length than hunter/jumpers. You might want to do a couple of strides of sitting trot before cueing for the canter...seems to prepare the horse and helps the transition be a little more smooth. Remind yourself to square your shoulders a bit more. I'm very impressed! You were born to ride English. Since you love speed you should get into jumping!
        08-06-2010, 12:17 AM
    You look great. I just recently started lessons in the English world, lol. So my trainer's voice is constantly in my head... When posting, rise and fall with the leg on the wall... darn jingle stays in my head. Shorten your stirrups (as mentioned) bring your leg back, and I can't tell if your stirrups have rubber grip thingys, but get some.lol. Coolest thing since sliced bread. The shifting stirrup could be from a few things.. losing contact with your calf and holding with your buttocks and thighs (my issue), not keeping your heel down, and losing your forward seat, which evidently causes your weight distribution to go awry. When posting your supposed to sink any weight into your heels with minimal weight onto your stirrups. It also acts as a shock absorber, although your posting looks totally smooth. If your shorten your stirrups, you may run into posting too high and that's when the weight into your heels will come into play. Your looking great! Very comfy in the saddle, and your posture is MUCH straighter than mine, lol. Good luck in your internship!! Sounds sooo fun!
        08-06-2010, 11:02 AM
    Thank-you! No there weren't any rubbers on the stirrups. She was a loan from a friend whose saddle I was also using. Lol

    12 more days, before I leave for Florida. I can't wait!!

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