Originally Posted by blue eyed pony View Post
Your toes are pointed out in every single one of those photos. I do it too, don't worry! Your hands are way too low and on the flat you seem to ride with pram hands. You could push more weight into your heels, especially at the canter, and you appear to grip with your lower leg at the canter and over fences (which will be the root of the heel thing).
All of these are things I do as well!
You might also be a little bit wonky in the saddle (off to one side??). I am hesitant to say anything about rein length because your position does not look quite solid enough for you to take a contact on the horse's mouth, but you may find that they are too long on other horses or as the jumps get higher.
Are you a nervous rider? You look petrified in the canter photo, and in most of the jumping photos.
I'm really jealous of your upper body, shoulders in particular. Mine roll forward, yours look awesome. You might lean forward a wee bit in the trot but then again if you're posting the trot that's the position you should have (am referring to the trot photo on the grey).
Overall you're not a bad rider and you're certainly someone I would allow to ride my gelding. He is quiet... most of the time... but he has his moments, so I don't let just anybody on his back.
Thank you for taking the time too look at this, I am a nervous rider, I love this horse to pieces but he's young and a bit unpredictable so sometimes I get a bit nervous when riding him. I had a lot of issues cantering and only just really got over them, but I pull faces when I canter because I concentrate and everyone says I look scared
I'm always getting moaned at for my toes haha, I can't seem to help sticking them out. But this was the biggest i'd ever jumped and I was quite nervous
My instructor and I have been trying to sort out the gripping when cantering and slowly its getting better these part few lessons so that's good:)
About the low hands though we were taught to ride with our hands low sometimes, like we're reading a magazine to show us that if we don't hang on the horses mouth they will go really forward and lovely, it works haha!
I've only been riding 2 years but feel like i've improved a lot recently especially with my confidence, but again thank you for taking the time to reply, i'll defiantly work on those issues:)
* please excuse any spelling mistakes i'm awful at typing on this iPad