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post #1 of 10 Old 08-17-2011, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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I know we are REALLY nosed out and I'm not quite on the hind-end. I was using a very mild port (inch I think) with a 5 and ahalf or 6 inch shank. He isn't crazy about the port so I was really trying to stay out of his mouth although he doesn't get nasty when I do bump him. I have ordered a snaffle type with a 7 inch shank that I plan to try on him. I'll take suggestions....
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-17-2011, 05:24 PM
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i honestly dont know anything at all about western so no critique from me but horse horse is so pretty! lovely head, and the teal looks great on him!

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In the one picture you're looking down but I think it's only that one time and I'll just assume you're turning there too. The one thing that I really saw in all of the pictures was your posture is a little slouchy. Other than that you look quite good.
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In the one picture you're looking down but I think it's only that one time and I'll just assume you're turning there too. The one thing that I really saw in all of the pictures was your posture is a little slouchy. Other than that you look quite good.
I'm going to go with turning too...Although, I was probably just looking down. I'm trying to fix that. I was thinking I'm leaning too far back? I also noticed I'm FAT! I need to loose weight quick!!!!

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The only critique I have is that your saddle pad seems just too big for your saddle. It would look more elegant if it was smaller, IMO. Take that with a note that it has been a LONG time since I competed in western. Styles may have changed.
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You do the exact same thing as I do, you are crooked because you turn your inside shoulder back, This makes your rein hand go off to the side as well instead just in front of you. As others have said, stop looking down. Half halt him a few times to round his back for you & give to the bridle. Just these few things & you 2 are perfect. Good to know someone else rides exactly like I do.
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And you are NOT fat!!!
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The only critique I have is that your saddle pad seems just too big for your saddle. It would look more elegant if it was smaller, IMO. Take that with a note that it has been a LONG time since I competed in western. Styles may have changed.
I've had such trouble finding saddle blankets small enough for my saddles. Most of mine look like that, too. I personally don't like it either, but I just wanted to point out how hard it is to find a blanket for a smaller saddle.
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You do the exact same thing as I do, you are crooked because you turn your inside shoulder back, This makes your rein hand go off to the side as well instead just in front of you. As others have said, stop looking down. Half halt him a few times to round his back for you & give to the bridle. Just these few things & you 2 are perfect. Good to know someone else rides exactly like I do.

this^. I noticed the posture thingy right away. Look at the lady in rust behind you. She is sitting right upright. You are close, but the slouch does not suit you. YOu are so far from fat it makes my ears ring to hear you say that. Stop that nonsence, right now!
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First of all let me say that I like that your are relaxed and that you have your weight sunk down into your heel. A couple of people have noted that your posture is a little slouchy an crooked. I agree you've got a little bit of a chair seat going on. You want to sit up nice and tall and get your leg back underneath you a little bit more (just make sure not so much that it gets behind). Ideally you want a nice straight line from your shoulder to your hip to your heel. As far as the crooked goes, it's next to impossible to sit straight in the saddle with your free hand down by your side. If you pick up your free hand and hold it as if you were riding with two hands you'll generally end up sitting a lot more squarely in the saddle (this is assuming you're in a horsemanship/equitation class. You'll want to leave it down for western pleasure). Actually the lady in the picture behind you is doing it, although preferably your hands will be even. Other than that look up, smile and invest in a pair of black pants. You can find some at Walmart for less than 10 bucks and it will give you a much more polished look. Also, I would suggest tucking in your shirt for horsemanship.

OK that's all. Except I have to say you and your horse make a beautiful pair, and you are totally not fat! Good luck :)
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