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post #1 of 12 Old 02-27-2012, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Flat critique

Any critique on my position is greatly appreciated :)
I've always had the bad habit of rounding my shoulders so I'm trying to get away from that. We're also starting to get into dressage (if that makes a difference)
Thanks! (:
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-28-2012, 12:43 AM
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eyes up, hands up ( alittle) and sit up!! haha i have the same problems! your hands will probably be fixed a lot just by carrying them with thumbs on top, hard to see if you are in the pics though bc of the gloves. also it looks like your leg is a little bit out in front of you in the 2nd pic. work on the shoulder, hip, heel line. otherwise i think you guys look pretty good! your horse is really cute, I love the big stride in the 2nd pic!!

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post #3 of 12 Old 02-28-2012, 01:00 AM
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YOur knee is off the saddle, due to over rotation of the lower leg outward.
I like how your horse is stretching down in the second photo.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-01-2012, 08:25 PM
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I've always had the bad habit of rounding my shoulders so I'm trying to get away from that. We're also starting to get into dressage (if that makes a difference)
Thanks! (:
So you're riding as a Dressage rider? Then you need to sit up, stretch your legs down and sit on your seat bones instead of being in a half seat.

Thumbs on top, right now they're pointing too far forward. I think their position is great, but would be better once you are sitting deeply :)

Eyes up, open that chest up and stretch with your toe pointing as straight as you can.

I don't know if it's just the photo or if it were true.. but it looks like you are bracing in your forearms? Try to keep them as supple as possible and remember to not lean on the reins.

Better position in the second photo, you were just looking down at your horse :p Don't do that as you can see, your seat is compromised and you could easily pitch off.

Overall they were minor fixes, you guys are doing great!

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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Instead of thinking just about keeping your rounded shoulders back, think open your chest instead. If you think about sticking out "the girls", your shoulders will come back in response to your more open chest. If you just think "shoulder back", it will most likely result in tension which you will soon learn from your dressage lessons ain't good. I like your overall position. You'll make a nice dressage rider once you get your parts lined up for that discipline.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-02-2012, 12:57 AM
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Instead of thinking just about keeping your rounded shoulders back, think open your chest instead. If you think about sticking out "the girls", your shoulders will come back in response to your more open chest. If you just think "shoulder back", it will most likely result in tension which you will soon learn from your dressage lessons ain't good. I like your overall position. You'll make a nice dressage rider once you get your parts lined up for that discipline.

Hehe head, hooters, heels as my coach says
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Hehe head, hooters, heels as my coach says
Whatever gets it done!! Anytime we're in mixed company, we just say "open your cabinet".

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-02-2012, 11:36 PM
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head, hooters, heels
hahaha love it!!

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Hehe head, hooters, heels as my coach says
Hahaha when I first started riding and learning to post, my trainer would always tell me when my boobs come up so do you

My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder He carries me away from all my fears And when the world threatens to fall asunder His mane is there to wipe away my tears.
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I wonder what phrase the guys use??

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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