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        04-07-2013, 06:45 AM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by LynnF    
    In regards to your question about knowing the correct length of stirrups, measuring from your finger tips to your armpit is a great guideline but if you feel uncomfortable with your stirrups that length then you should adjust them. There is really no hard fast rule about how long or short your stirrups should be, just as long as you are comfortable and getting the job done.
    I tend to like a bit shorter stirrup so I will measure to my armpit then go up one hole from there.
    Your legs and feet seem to be a confidence issue more than an actual riding issue, I would ask about getting a lunge line lesson and working at the canter, really just focus on keeping your legs long and relaxed. By removing the worry of having to steer, and keep contact and just letting you really feel the horses movement you will be able to focus on your seat and leg much more.
    Thanks - I usually have to actually go down one more hole - seems my legs are longer than my arms. I used to feel more comfortable riding shorter, but now even riding a bit makes me feel whoozy (I feel like I'm going to pop off, which is made worse because sometimes my bad hip will ache like im tearing apart).

    I shall ask her for the lunge lesson next time she asks me what I want to work on for the day - I agree it would be beneficial, so thank you for the suggestion! I think it will really help, as he is a speedy horse when not having complete contact on the reins, so it will give me ease not having to keep him in check, as well as sorting my riding out at the same time.

    Thanks for your reply, I'll take it all!
         
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        04-07-2013, 01:32 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by HalleysComet    
    I have always been taught to measure my stirrups with the length of my arm (finger tips to armpit) - is there a better and more accurate way of meausring that wont cause me to be too long or too short in the stirrups? .
    I find this works more to see if I need to shorten or lengthen when getting on a riding school saddle, but not exactly completely accurate. It also depends on where you are measuring from...and I found what continent you ride on and under what kind of instructor.

    Americans/Canadians tend to ride with shorter stirrups then Europeans. Some instructors want shorter stirrups, while others want longer stirrups.

    When I look at your pictures compared to mine, my stirrups would be several holes higher. Part of that is where I ride (Canada), my instructor, plus my comfort level. I have ridden under other instructors who wanted longer stirrup lengths, and I never feel right in the saddle. When I was on a riding vacation in Ireland, they tried to get me to ride with longer stirrups, but went with what I was comfortable with. :)


    You have fairly straight arms in most of your pictures. Try to get some bend in your elbow, and get them more by your side. This will help you give and take at the canter. Your elbows act like hinges. No bend equals no give.
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        04-08-2013, 05:50 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I actually disagree with other critiquers.

    Your reins are a good length. Your hands are in a good position. Your stirrups could be a hole shorter, but that is preference.

    The thing that is inherent to me is you are leaning forward a great deal which is compromising your seat and unbalancing your horse.
    Pictures 2, 3 6 and 7 I like because you are sitting in the saddle with your back and riding up to the contact. Your hands can come a bit together and actually be pressed a bit forward and down in some shots, and then riding more actively with your seat up to the contact to really get the roundness. Yout need to keep your hands closed on the reins (I see open fingers - if the horse gets fussy - ride more to the contact).

    In the trot picture and what I assume is in a trot-canter transition you are leaning forward, have thrown away your contact and the horse is out of balance (see the expression on the horse).
    Sit on your seat. Go sitting before the transition. Put your aid for a canter on, balance back, stretch your core, push your stomach to your hands and then ask for the canter. Then it will be in a balance and allow the horse a fair chance to get into a canter. And especially press your hands forward and together in the transition to allow the horse a chance to canter without getting pulled on.

    Once you are sitting more consistently, yes your leg does have to be turned more forward, but that comes with a steady seat. How traditionally it is done, however, is to actually reach down and pull your thighs out behind you (move the flesh to the back of the saddle) and then focus on turning from the hip. However, this is for later. Right now the seat needs to become more solid.

    Good luck!
         
        04-09-2013, 11:45 PM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    I actually disagree with other critiquers.

    Your reins are a good length. Your hands are in a good position. Your stirrups could be a hole shorter, but that is preference.

    The thing that is inherent to me is you are leaning forward a great deal which is compromising your seat and unbalancing your horse.
    Pictures 2, 3 6 and 7 I like because you are sitting in the saddle with your back and riding up to the contact. Your hands can come a bit together and actually be pressed a bit forward and down in some shots, and then riding more actively with your seat up to the contact to really get the roundness. Yout need to keep your hands closed on the reins (I see open fingers - if the horse gets fussy - ride more to the contact).

    In the trot picture and what I assume is in a trot-canter transition you are leaning forward, have thrown away your contact and the horse is out of balance (see the expression on the horse).
    Sit on your seat. Go sitting before the transition. Put your aid for a canter on, balance back, stretch your core, push your stomach to your hands and then ask for the canter. Then it will be in a balance and allow the horse a fair chance to get into a canter. And especially press your hands forward and together in the transition to allow the horse a chance to canter without getting pulled on.

    Once you are sitting more consistently, yes your leg does have to be turned more forward, but that comes with a steady seat. How traditionally it is done, however, is to actually reach down and pull your thighs out behind you (move the flesh to the back of the saddle) and then focus on turning from the hip. However, this is for later. Right now the seat needs to become more solid.

    Good luck!
    Thank you for your insight.
    I do agree, now looking at these photo's, that I lean forward, which is made apparent when looking at the horse, who in affected and unbalanced - something I will definaly take care to work on - if Im not balanced, how can I be expecting that he is or can be.

    Open fingers is a big thing for me - I am constantly having to correct myself from this or 'pram pusher hands'. Seems my hands turn this way rather than that .... Hmmm too much HF typing? Hahaha.

    Yep, that was a trot canter transition - it is my worst , and I look horrible - but hey this isn't the place for 'pretty or prissy' pictures, I'm here to learn! I will use those tips you gave me - I actually used the same ones in my lesson last night, and these along with some of the others which have been suggested, helped me feel more balanced and confident, therefore helping my horse also. If it helps me it helps him - and he sure lets me know, which is even better.

    Thank you for your reply, it was very well explained.
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