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    08-02-2011, 10:52 AM
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English critique

I know we aren't held together real well so ... Go for it...
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    08-02-2011, 11:10 AM
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Couple more...
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    08-02-2011, 11:19 AM
I think you look good. Very proper looking, and your horse is very pretty. A couple things you can tweak are, sink more weight into your heals, you're riding off your toes. I think you should carry your hands more, now you have your arms too straight and your hands are almost touching your thighs. Your elbows should be bent more and and your hands should be up higher instead of alongside his neck.

Last, keep your whole leg on the horse...in the last picture your lower leg is fanning outward. Your lower leg should be resting on your horses sides. It kind of looks like you are gripping too much with your thighs and knees. Once you put more weight in your heals it will be easier to have even pressure through out your whole leg.
    08-02-2011, 11:25 AM
I agree with ErikaLynn.

It appears that having your hands low and far apart is the norm (since the other person in your photos is doing the same thing) so if that is what is done at QH shows then ignore us.
I think your hands should be up higher and closer together with a bed to your elbow.

I do not really think your saddle fits you.
Your knee is not on the knee roll and it looks like you are pushing to the back of your saddle. Too much room between you and the pommel.
I think you having more weight in your heel will help this some since it should get you sitting more in your crotch.
(This again might be a QH thing, since the woman I know that does Paint and QH shows places well but she rides way behind the motion almost leaning back.)
    08-02-2011, 11:37 AM
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Oh gosh, the saddle fit question makes me sad. It's my new Next Generation Bates Elevation. I bought a 17 since everyone said that other one was too small. :(

As for the hands I have been really trying to raise them, I think I have some but I'll keep working on it. I know it's no excuse, but those boots are new, I've only used them twice now so I was having a really hard time getting my heels down, they feel like they are cutting my foot in half but they fit, it's just the way the leather hasn't broke in yet. I know, no excuse.

My leg, yeah... that's something I never noticed before :(
    08-02-2011, 11:41 AM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I know it's no excuse, but those boots are new, I've only used them twice now so I was having a really hard time getting my heels down, they feel like they are cutting my foot in half but they fit, it's just the way the leather hasn't broke in yet. I know, no excuse.

My leg, yeah... that's something I never noticed before :(

I thought your boots looked new. Breaking in new boots is so painful. Just keep wearing them.
    08-02-2011, 11:42 AM
Your boots being new and stiff might be why you are pushing to the back of your saddle. I can not see how the saddle fits behind your seat in those photos. It might be OK once you are putting your weight in your heels.
    08-02-2011, 11:43 AM
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I am not up with AQHA HUS classes and techniques. I see a lot of differences than my type of riding....so I cannot offer an informed critique.

But what I CAN do is tell you what a stunning horse you have. WOW! I sure wouldn't kick him out of my barn. However, I picture him jumping wildly over a big cross country jump with a huge smile on both of our faces!! LOL!
    08-02-2011, 12:59 PM
I think your saddle fits you but ur just in the wrong spot, for a couple rides randomly put your hand on the pommel and scoot yourself up as close as you can, this is where you should be sitting. Agreed your hands need to be up higher with a bend in the elbow, thumbs up and since you said your boots are new I will not comment about your ankles.
    08-02-2011, 02:12 PM
I agree with Erika, and have nothing really to add. You both look very tidy and well matched pair. As to the saddle, it's too hard to tell if it is a good fit from those photos, so don't worry about that too soon. Personally, I think it fits fine and it's only that you are not really letting yourself down fully into the saddle. Because you are riding kind of tight and off your toe, you aren't down into the saddle. I know this sounds wierd, but it looks like you need to pull some slack out of your boots so that your breeches can go further up and give you some more ease in the crotch. That and having boots that are broken in will help you be able to just sink down more into your saddle and stirrup.

That other person behind you is like your double; same clothes almost.
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