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        02-17-2008, 06:58 AM
    flatwork on possum

    Got hubby to take a few shots while I rode possum tonight. I know of a few things I need to work on

    1. Keeping my thumbs up. I don't always do it
    2. Toes in. Don't always do that either :)
    3. Every now and then in a transition I put my shoulders slightly forward but working on that :)

    Please critique me and my girl but be nice
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        02-17-2008, 10:24 AM
    You pretty much said everything. :) I don't know much about dressage so I really can't critique your horse, but he is very well collected and looks like he's a pretty mover.
        02-17-2008, 12:29 PM
    Hey Jazzy, lookin good! Very nice headset for Possum, not too low and not too upright and swan-like... good job :)

    Just a couple of things:
    - try and keep your ankles, hips and shoulders in a vertical line, as this will allow both you and your horse to balance.
    - keep your elbows closer to your sides, it will make for more effective communication to your horse's mouth
    - in accordance with keeping your legs back underneath you, stretch your leg and heel down into the stirrup - think of there being a weight attached to your heel pulling your legs down; this will help you sink into your stirrup and keep your heels down and legs back underneath of you. If you find you're still tip-toeing in the saddle, then shorten it a hole or two. They don't look too long until you look at picture #5, and that one makes me wonder... and I realize that you are in a posting trot, but you shouldn't have to stretch your toes down to post.

    Other than that, you're looking good!! I'm so happy to see you wearing a helmet! *thumbs up*
    I'm sorry if anything sounded mean, I am definitely not trying to do anything of the sort :)
        02-17-2008, 01:38 PM
    JustDressageit basically got everything. All I can say is make sure your leg doesn't get ahead of you!
        02-17-2008, 05:50 PM
    It looks like you two are communicating well and Possum seems to have nice, fluid movements. I really like in photo #3 how she's bent through her whole body and crossing her front legs over.

    Your seat and straight back are nice and there's just some little equitation tweaks you could work on.

    -Keep that Shoulder-Hip-Heel line straight! My leg used to fall backwards a lot and I would often 2-point and let my leg fall straight down and really drop my heel. This would get my leg into correct position. Whenever it slipped back, I'd 2-Point again.

    -Elbows in! And thumbs up! These kind of go hand-in-hand, so focus on whichever one is easier for you and the other will come naturally. Try it...as you type at your computer, with "flat" hands, your elbows are slightly away from your sides. Put your thumbs up and your elbows come closer to your sides automatically!

    -Eyes up! Photo #1 looks great. Some others you're looking down or at Possum's shoulder. As the saying goes, "Look where you want to go. If you want to end up on the ground, look there!"

    Overall, looking good! Possum's a very pretty girl!
        02-17-2008, 06:59 PM
    Hi thanks guys :) its pretty much the things I thought and the things I've always struggled with. I think it comes from learning to ride in a stock saddle on a farm herding up cattle lol I was never taught anything about correct posture until I started doing dressage when I was 19. I still struggle with the same things. I remember when I first started dressage my instructor told me to visualise having two glasses of very expensive champagne in my hands. If I didnt hold them properly I would spill them.

    Its frustrating because all these things are things I do at some point then I seem to lose concentration and slip back grrr lol

    Ill just have to work harder wont I im hoping to start showing possum soon so id better get it sorted pretty quick. Ill post some more soon and see how we go then :)
        02-17-2008, 07:06 PM
    No critique just wanted to say I love your new signiture and the pony club looks like a much better place to ride than your last.
        02-17-2008, 08:03 PM
    Good on you for trying so hard!! Hehe and as for having to work harder - we all do! I don't think I've met the "perfect rider" yet!! And I'll be the first to eat me own hat if I do :)

    It's just commendable that you're devoting so much time to learning... period!
        02-17-2008, 08:50 PM
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco
    No critique just wanted to say I love your new signiture and the pony club looks like a much better place to ride than your last.
    aaw thanks vida :) and yeah it is a much better place to be all round

    Good on you for trying so hard!! Hehe and as for having to work harder - we all do! I don't think I've met the "perfect rider" yet!! And I'll be the first to eat me own hat if I do Smile

    It's just commendable that you're devoting so much time to learning... period!

    I don't think anyone is the perfect rider really. After all we are imperfect creatures and as such we can never actually be perfect

    I like learning and knowledge and even if im not a master at one thing, I like to be good at lots of things that and I have to learn it if I want to do any good showing ;)
        02-17-2008, 08:55 PM
    I live by the motto "I'd rather know a little about a lot than a lot about a little!"

    And like I said, when I see a Perfect rider, I will eat my own hat.. I don't think it can be done. We can get close, but never achieve perfection. Good description about the imperfect creatures thing. I completely agree.
    And once again, I commend your eagerness to learn and accept the fact that you do have things to work on (as we all do!) - it shows a lot of confidence in yourself

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