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post #11 of 17 Old 07-04-2013, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Be careful not to 'grip' the horse with your knees, or have too much leg contact with the horse un-neccisarily - some horses are not bothered by continuous leg contact, others get really quiet annoyed by it. Getting your heels down will not fix all of your problems, but it will be a big step in improving everything and it all coming together nicely.

I hope I explained this well enough for you. Keep up the excellent progress.
I think I know what you're getting at yes, thank you! I'm very lucky that this particular mare is an old hand and just gets on with her job but loves to jump so she lets me make mistakes without me ending up in the sand!

In both recent pictures my attention is drawn to how my toes stick out and I can't seem to fix this, if anyone has any tips?
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post #12 of 17 Old 07-05-2013, 12:08 AM
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Your pictures seem tense through your back. Relax... and I think you'll have a nicer position after just that 1 little thing.
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post #13 of 17 Old 07-05-2013, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Your pictures seem tense through your back. Relax... and I think you'll have a nicer position after just that 1 little thing.
Hi, thanks for your suggestion! Could my back being tense be at all related to my wearing of a body protector in all of the pictures? I hate riding in them, I find my back and shoulders very restricted but on the other hand my insurance means I have to and better safe than sorry, right?!
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post #14 of 17 Old 07-05-2013, 09:14 PM
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Hi, thanks for your suggestion! Could my back being tense be at all related to my wearing of a body protector in all of the pictures? I hate riding in them, I find my back and shoulders very restricted but on the other hand my insurance means I have to and better safe than sorry, right?!

Is it correctly fitting? A body protector shouldn't really make you feel uncomfortable - is it too tight and restricting when you just sit on your horse? Or if you go into two point while your horse is just standing?
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Is it correctly fitting? A body protector shouldn't really make you feel uncomfortable - is it too tight and restricting when you just sit on your horse? Or if you go into two point while your horse is just standing?
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It's more that I feel I can't pull my shoulders back when I'm wearing one, I had it fitted professionally and the next sizes were both either way to big or way to small so I'm guessing it could be just laziness in my posture?
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post #16 of 17 Old 07-07-2013, 04:33 PM
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It's more that I feel I can't pull my shoulders back when I'm wearing one, I had it fitted professionally and the next sizes were both either way to big or way to small so I'm guessing it could be just laziness in my posture?
If it's restrictive then it will definitely cause you to be tense as you cannot allow your body to be where it needs to be.

However I know for a fact that a lot of eventers with body protectors don't have the same issue. Are you sure that your body protector is the right type for you?

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post #17 of 17 Old 07-08-2013, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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If it's restrictive then it will definitely cause you to be tense as you cannot allow your body to be where it needs to be.

However I know for a fact that a lot of eventers with body protectors don't have the same issue. Are you sure that your body protector is the right type for you?
That's a possibility, I had a champion flex-air for about 4 years then it became to short on my ribs so I sold it. I'm currently using the navy you see in the pictures which is a standard airowear one but hoping to buy an airowear outlyne body protector. Would you recommend any other types?
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