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    12-20-2010, 11:17 AM
Dressage Critique-Rider as well as horse

So I rode my horse for the first time in a week since the ring has been frozen solid so I decided to hack out to the jump field. I was trying to work on teaching my horse to lengthen his stride because we need to move up to extended trot, so my position is a bit sloppy. Please critique my position as well as what you think my horse needs to work on( I know a picture can't really show the horses "problems" but if you see any just tell me!)

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    12-20-2010, 11:19 AM
Overall, you have very good position! I would look up a bit more, a common vice for riders, including me, is to look down :)
    12-20-2010, 11:22 AM
Originally Posted by EquusPeace    
Overall, you have very good position! I would look up a bit more, a common vice for riders, including me, is to look down :)
Thanks! And yeahh I've been getting into that habit lately... tisk tisk on my part lol

But another thing that I have a habit of that you can't tell in pictures is that I have "posting hands" as my trainers call it. I can't ever keep my hands still no matter how hard I try to "post threw my hands" rather up and down, any suggestions on how to break that habit?
    12-20-2010, 11:52 AM
I don't know if you can afford to do this with your horse (if his temperament will allow it) but one exercise my instructor had me do once to stop me relying on my hands while posting was to let the reins out pretty slack at the trot and post that way. I didn't even realize how much I was using my hands to balance until I had to do that.

That's not all, though. She made me work on posting to every other stride... so I had to stand in the stirrups for two strides, sit, stand for two strides, sit. All without touching my reins. You can also try to "glue" your arms to your sides to keep your hands from moving all over the place.

Also, I can't tell for sure, but it looks like your hands might be turned in more of a "piano hands" position rather than with your thumbs up in the more desirable manner.
    12-20-2010, 11:55 AM
Ill post a video of me riding from a while ago so everyone can see exactly the problem, Eolith, ill try what you suggested today, sounds like it would help :)
    12-20-2010, 12:04 PM
Ignore my legs kicking---broke that habit lol, and this is really old so my horse was a lot younger and was just getting the hang of going on the bit...just focus on the arms!!

    12-20-2010, 12:05 PM
Hm, it doesn't seem to be working.
    12-20-2010, 12:10 PM
Really? When I click it,it works...oh well, I tried haha

I don't know how else to do it
    12-20-2010, 12:22 PM
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I got it to work Eolith... Here is the link again.

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All I have to say is look up and heels down just a smidge. You look "flat footed" in the stirrups. I see what you mean by using the reins to post. You are pretty much using them to pull yourself up. If you can trust your horse, Eoliths suggestion of slack reins is a good one.
    12-20-2010, 12:27 PM
If you can't trust your horse to keep a nice steady trot pace on loose reins while you work on your posting, you could ask someone to put you on the longe line too. The idea of the exercise is to pay more attention to what you're doing rather than what the horse is doing. So as long as the horse is smooth and steady, it doesn't really matter so much if he's on the bit and looking pretty.

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