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    08-12-2010, 03:35 AM
Be Honest and Harsh

I have just started taking lessons at a really nice riding school. I have been riding all my life, but am not one of those people who think they are fantastic because of this. In fact, I class myself as a beginner most of the time I have a lot of theory knowledge, but don't ride as well as I want to. I am aiming toward dressage competition, maybe some hacking as well, and maybe jumping. I have included a photo that I think is my 'normal' riding position, but also the link to the album so you can see more photos if you want I want honest criticism, telling me all the faults you can see in my position. If you can suggest ways to fix it, that would be awesome, but I understand that it might take a while

Ok I can't figure out how to make the image small enough lol. If anyone still wants to follow the link to the album, I would be really grateful :)

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    08-12-2010, 08:23 AM
I think that overall you look like an effective rider. Just a few tune-ups that you could make...
Try to really sink your heels down in the stirrups in some pics your heel is actually slanted up and in others it is just level. This will give you a really solid base. I know in dressage riding (which I am not) they often use their legs differently and I do notice that their heels are not down as much, but if you are going to jump you need to really focus on sinking your weight into those heels so that you have a solid platform to hold your own so you are not in your horses way. Maybe you could raise your stirrup leather a hole when you are jumping to really push your heel down or try riding around in two point and maintaining your own balance in the stirrups.

I also noticed that in many pics you are looking down at your horse instead of up to where you are going.

And, finally, keep your thumbs up but I have a hard time telling someone else this because I am awful about it!
    08-12-2010, 11:13 AM
You look nice, maybe a little bit stiff. Keep your heals down, and put your hands up so you have a nice bend in your elbow. Also put your thumbs up, and try sitting on your butt more, so your back doens't look so stiff
    08-12-2010, 05:40 PM
You've got a nice natural seat. As was previously stated, try to keep your heals down and watch where you are going, instead of your horse. You'll be amazed at how much better he'll steer, if you are looking ahead to where you are going.
    08-12-2010, 08:52 PM
Thanks all! Great advice! It is nice to see that other people pick up the same faults that I can see.
    08-13-2010, 02:29 AM
My trainer told me today that focusing on your hands is really important. Having nice hands with thumbs on top, fingers closed and the right placement can make a bad rider look good and the opposite is true - open fingers or piano hands can make a really good rider look like a bad rider.

I'm awful about this too but I thought I would pass that along :)

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