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        08-23-2012, 10:08 PM
    That saddle doesn't fit you very well. Looks like you're having to work way harder than you need to because of it.
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        08-23-2012, 10:22 PM
    Because I haven't seen it mentioned yet, watch the puppy dog/piano hands. You tend to curl your wrists and rotate your hands so the back of your hand is on top, when your thumbs should be on top, if not slightly to the inside.
        08-24-2012, 09:37 AM
    Oooo... I trained with a huner coach for about 3 years before I started eventing and it was hard to fix my position. 5 years later and I'm still fixing little things! Good Luck!
        08-24-2012, 10:59 AM
    Originally Posted by equiniphile    
    Because I haven't seen it mentioned yet, watch the puppy dog/piano hands. You tend to curl your wrists and rotate your hands so the back of your hand is on top, when your thumbs should be on top, if not slightly to the inside.
    Yes, I have been working on that like crazy. :)
        08-24-2012, 12:29 PM
    Sorry for the short comments earlier. I responding from my cell phone and its a pain in the butt to type long comments.

    This is what I see:

    This mare needs weight. Getting grained twice a day means nothing. She isn't emaciated by any means, but I think that she would benefit from 100 lbs or so. Also, she needs muscling. Big time. She has very little muscle anywhere. She would greatly benefit from hilly trail rides, and trotting in sand. She is also strung out. Her hind is not engaged at all. This can be improved with more transitions. Because she is strung out, the is also heavy on her forehand. Right now, all of her weight is on her front. When you shift her weight to her hind, she will become engaged and her front end will move more freely.

    I maintain my thoughts that she is not ready to be jumping. If you were a little thin, and had no muscle, you would not enjoy jumping hurdles. It takes lots of time and effort to get a horse into jumping condition. I would work on lots of dressage for now. :)
        08-24-2012, 12:32 PM
    Also, your legs need to come under your hips. Right now, you have a chair seat. :)
        08-25-2012, 05:00 PM
    Like I have stated, this is my second time riding her, and Peter wouldn't have us jumping if she doesn't think she wasn't ready.
    We are working on building up her muscle and the grain is helping her a ton! 100 pounds would be to much, arabs are naturally skinny and so are saddlebreds. She is also hot, but she was only strung out in the beginning of the lesson and wasn't in the end. :)
        08-26-2012, 05:53 PM
    I don't think 100 pounds would be too much. Just because they are both naturally fine boned breeds doesn't mean they are 'skinny'. There is a difference between being light / fine and being skinny.

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