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    09-04-2012, 12:16 AM
Thanks guys!

My next lesson is tomorrow. I'll definitely ask about my stirrups. Even after reading about other riders' similar issues, the stirrup length seems to be a common problem.

I do sit on my butt a little too much as well and seem to do that naturally, not only in the saddle I use for lessons but in several others.
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    09-06-2012, 12:27 AM
Beautiful horse and I like your hands! :oD Stirups need to be shorter and always remember, Heels to hell, toes to heaven :oP Keep at it!
    09-06-2012, 10:06 PM
Tiny covered everything I would have pointed out. I am also working on fixing a chair seat and landing in the back of the saddle instead of in the center. I think it's more a core muscle thing than anything else, but you're young so you have that advantage. You're going to be a very good rider when you get your seat and body parts under control. You do have very good self awareness. Your instructor definitely has you headed in the right direction. Keep up the good work.
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    09-06-2012, 10:58 PM
Thanks again guys!

I wasn't able to get a video of my ride, but we worked on some of my issues. I brought up my leg position to my instructor- I don't think she wanted to shorten my stirrups just yet, but I did work on the position of my seat and entire leg. Definitely felt a difference; I wasn't on my butt-bones so much and I concentrated on bringing my entire leg back. Heels down too!

It's going to take a little while for it to be second nature for me... I naturally fell back into my chair seat pretty often, but I caught either by my instructor or by the feeling of my posting. When my leg is back, my knee not so tight, and my heel down (seems like a lot to think about and fix at once sometimes ), I can control my posting better and have a much softer landing. Small change but it makes a big difference!

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