Hello all! I have always been a western rider, and today I took my first dressage lesson on a gorgeous 17hh Friesian gelding (DeOro). My trainer told me what I need to work on, mainly correcting my legs being forward and bringing my shoulders forward. I feel like my stirrups were too short, but she she said she was afraid that lengthening them would encourage my legs to come forward, so I said "Whatever you think is best!!" Here are some pictures, the first is the best, albiet not from a perfect angle, and I KNOW I need work on those dang legs and shoulders, and any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!
So, please critique my seat as far as dressage is concerned, and please be sweet and constructive, this is my first dressage lesson :)
So this one, my legs look forward and my shoulders are too far back, right? I felt like every time I would bring my legs back more, I either had to bend my ankle more ('forcing' my heel down) or bend my knee more (resulting in a chair seat). Should my stirrups be longer?
So, on this one, I just feel like my stirrups are too short, but I do trust my instructor. I just felt like I didn't have room to make my legs as long as I wanted them! Maybe that's just because I am used to riding western? Again, constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated!!