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        02-07-2011, 03:22 AM
      #1
    Foal
    How do you think I'm going?

    Hi, I'm Ella. I am a beginner rider, I do not have a horse though a few of my best friends do. I ride when I can, I can walk, trot and the only time I have cantered was during a bucking fit. I love jumping and I think I can do 40cm or more (i have no clue), though the other day was my first time jumping bareback and that was 40cm so I am pretty sure that I can jump more in a saddle. I ride Padi (chestnut) and Chinga (bay) and I use to ride nugget (grey, spotted bum), the last photo is padi again. These are the horses below in the photos. ( I know that it can be hard to help me through photos so when I can I will try and put up some videos) I am only learning and would love any pointers you have for me as a beginner. :) I hope to here from you soon.
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        02-07-2011, 09:38 AM
      #2
    Green Broke
    In the first photo you are twisted in the saddle and your stirrup is home on your foot.. instead of the ball of your foot. You need to shorten your leathers a notch.. maybe 2 notches and lower your heels.

    In the second photo your lower leg is too far back and your heels are up.

    Cannot tell much in the third photo.

    In the bareback photo you are looking down, are not sitting up straight and it looks like you are gripping the horse with your calves and your toes are pointed.. well.. not where they should be.

    You do look relaxed over all and like you are having fun (which is what it is all about).
         
        02-07-2011, 12:34 PM
      #3
    Started
    Well I think you are off to a great start by having the opportunity to ride multiple different horses that are all a little different in how they move and respond to you. While as a beginner its helpful to ride only one horse for a while to develop your position, riding different horses really helps you to become an adaptable rider and teaches you to really read and listen to a horse.

    On to the pictures...

    Photo 1. The first thing I notice is your upper body. You seem tense and you are leaning in with your left shoulder. Bring that shoulder back. I do like that you are sitting up tall. I hope you are getting ready to post to the trot because your bum is quite a bit out of the saddle to be sitting to the trot. I'm not sure what you're doing with your right hand but your left hand is doing a good job of keeping your thumbs up on top. You don't want "piano hands" because they aren't effective when cueing the horse through the reins. Your foot is in a very faulty position. You need to slide your foot out of the iron until its on the ball of your foot. Then position the iron so that way the outside bar is against your pinky toe and the inside bar against the ball of your foot. This will help your ankle to flex more easily and can help keep your toes pointed more forward. I love how you are looking up and where you are going!

    Photo 2. Please tell me you are not wearing sneakers!? That is very dangerous because your foot could slide through the stirrup because there's no heel or the wide tread on those shoes can get your foot stuck. This is especially dangerous for you because you have not established the correct heel position! Put on those paddock boots you had in the first picture. :) I like that your leg is back and although you may have just been cueing your horse, this is a good position. Piano hands! Get those thumbs up. That helps you to cue your horse through your fingers and not have to pull back with your entire arm. Now this might be because your shirt is baggy but it looks like you're slouching a bit. Sit up and be proud that you get the chance to ride a horse at your young age. Again, good job of looking up. :)

    Photo 3. Not much to tell from this picture but your piano hands! ;)

    Photo 4. Riding bareback is a fun time to just have fun. You get the opportunity to sit close to the horse and feel how he moves. If you want to still practice your position, here I would have you get your toes up and practice keeping your heels down. Good hand position here but now you need to look up!

    I hope that helps you out!
         
        02-07-2011, 01:11 PM
      #4
    Super Moderator
    Hope that you don't get your tootsies squashed with no shoes on.
         
        02-08-2011, 03:08 AM
      #5
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GeminiJumper    
    Photo 2. Please tell me you are not wearing sneakers!? That is very dangerous because your foot could slide through the stirrup because there's no heel or the wide tread on those shoes can get your foot stuck. This is especially dangerous for you because you have not established the correct heel position! Put on those paddock boots you had in the first picture. :)
    I hope that helps you out!
    Thank you, and I was only wearing those sneakers because I had not received my boots yet and I did not have anything else. Though while I was riding that Horse I only walked as I had not ridden him in ages.

    Thank you for the other comments and I really thank you for the help. :)
         
        02-18-2011, 05:56 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Ok this is my best friend talking and I actually have horses and she is riding two of my horses in the photos!
    Howsecrazy is only a beginner rider. She is still leaning so while she may be doing things wrong, it very well could of just been the photos and that was riding at a bad time.. Pretty **** sure the rest of you have them!! She has not yet cantered and only trots over little 30cm jumps in paddock! She is not competing for the Olympics or being watched by the rest of the world so for the time being she is going incredibly well. And considering both my horses are very slow plodding horses she is doing very well and is determined to get them moving as I never would have been as a beginning horse rider! She has also never had a lesson with an instructor I am trying to help her as best I can with her riding. Its not like your standing in the paddock watching her ride because she is a lot more capable now then she was in these photos!

    Thanks for you time Zoe :)
         
        02-18-2011, 05:59 PM
      #7
    Foal
    In the bareback photo you are looking down, are not sitting up straight and it looks like you are gripping the horse with your calves and your toes are pointed.. well.. not where they should be.


    This was my first time riding bareback and didn't know what to do or hold my self on the horse properly. And my toes were pointed because I was actually stretching at that point in time when the photo was taking.
    Thanks anyway but your critsism is making me feel bad about my riding.
         
        02-19-2011, 08:38 AM
      #8
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by howsecrazy    
    Ok this is my best friend talking and I actually have horses and she is riding two of my horses in the photos!
    Howsecrazy is only a beginner rider. She is still leaning so while she may be doing things wrong, it very well could of just been the photos and that was riding at a bad time.. Pretty **** sure the rest of you have them!! She has not yet cantered and only trots over little 30cm jumps in paddock! She is not competing for the Olympics or being watched by the rest of the world so for the time being she is going incredibly well. And considering both my horses are very slow plodding horses she is doing very well and is determined to get them moving as I never would have been as a beginning horse rider! She has also never had a lesson with an instructor I am trying to help her as best I can with her riding. Its not like your standing in the paddock watching her ride because she is a lot more capable now then she was in these photos!

    Thanks for you time Zoe :)
    Excuse me?

    She is the one who asked for a critique and pointers. I/we gave them to her and she said she appreciated them.

    Of course we all started out as beginners. Who said anything about competing for the Olympics?
         
        02-19-2011, 09:14 AM
      #9
    Foal
    I think you're doing well for a beginner :)
    You are obviously working on your position etc; but you look to be doing pretty well =)
         
        02-19-2011, 09:41 AM
      #10
    Showing
    Howrse crazy, I think you might want to stay away from the forum for a while and come back when you feel like you're able to stand constructive critisicm. If you want us to tell you you're riding the horse so he poops butterflies and you should be going to Olympics next year, ask someone else, because you asked for critique and we've given you constructive critique. No one is trying to make you feel bad about your riding, "critique" is how we improve.
         

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