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post #1 of 7 Old 10-06-2013, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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How do I look while cantering/trotting?

Today, I was exercising my mom's mare- doin circles and stuff like that. How do I look- feet, butt, hands, leaning forwrd/backward?? I would love some input! I felt more secure than I did the other day- I focused more on moving with the horse!
Plus, I really like her endurance saddle! :)
P.S. She wasn't wanting to trot so I was having to kinda lean forward to get her to move.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-06-2013, 03:34 PM
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You look way better than me. :P
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your shoulders need to be back a bit more (i have the same problem don't worry) get into the habit of having them back by rolling the back as you remember throughout the day. Also although that looks like a dressage saddle, I feel like your stirrups could be up a hole or two but that might just be the hunter in me...
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other than that you look great!

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-06-2013, 06:26 PM
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put the stirrup more on the ball of your foot, and don't grip with the back of your calf. see if your toe can be comfortable pointing a bit more forward so you have your weight going evenly down through the calf, and not stopping at the knee, with the lower leg turned outward.

All in all, you look good!
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-06-2013, 07:13 PM
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Get those elbows back at your sides, they are in a different spot in every photo. Anyways, just wanted to say I love the color of your tank top!

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-06-2013, 08:07 PM
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You look like you have a really nice, soft seat. Which is great. :)
You also look like you stay naturally centered over your horse, which is great.

Listen to what Tinyliny said about putting the irons at the ball of your feet and what others said about rolling your shoulders back (but please keep that soft back - don't force your shoulders back and accidentally hollow out your back).

Another note - generally leaning forward doesn't get your horse to move up - it does the opposite. By leaning forward you're putting more weight up over their shoulders and weighing them down. When moving into an upwards transition, you should stay back (not leaning back, just centered) and push them forward through your leg and seat. Think of you channeling all that energy out and forward where if you lean up and forward, you're letting all that energy fizzle out. :)
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-06-2013, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much everyone for your input!

I see how I need to bring in my feet more so they aren't pointed out!
It is a Wintec endurance saddle and I usually ride western, so I like the stirrups a little longer :P And for some reason today the ball of my foot would not stay in place lol but I will work on all of this! Always improving!!

Thanks waresbear!! I love it! :)

Thanks so much jagman6201! That makes total sense about leanin forward! I will definitely remember that!

I have been without lessons/trainer for a couple years, so I'm dying to get a trainer or someone to help me with stuff like this! But the internet helps when you don't have lessons/trainer! lol

Thanks again everyone!
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