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post #1 of 14 Old 12-26-2013, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hows my half seat?

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post #2 of 14 Old 12-26-2013, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Ps the boots were 3 sizes too big for me an they were cutting me when i put my heel down so that part your can scratch off lol

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post #3 of 14 Old 12-26-2013, 08:54 PM
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It is pretty good considering the boots are a lot bigger than they should be which could cause you to be unbalanced. But try to have your upper body a little more forward and put your butt a little bit closer to the saddle but not touching it. I also noticed that your reins are kind of loopy, this causes a lack of connection with your horses mouth. Try and shorten your reins! Good Luck :)
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-26-2013, 09:01 PM
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yeah, it looks like you could close your "accordian" angles. and have a little bit more of your lower leg on the horse.

the bit looks very high in the horse's mouth. looks too high.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-02-2014, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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yeah, it looks like you could close your "accordian" angles. and have a little bit more of your lower leg on the horse.

the bit looks very high in the horse's mouth. looks too high.
In the picture, the bridle is not touching his face because he tends to chew or play with his bit. It's common for him and it's actually pretty loose because he has a sensitive mouth due to his abusing in his past from his old owners

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post #6 of 14 Old 01-02-2014, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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It is pretty good considering the boots are a lot bigger than they should be which could cause you to be unbalanced. But try to have your upper body a little more forward and put your butt a little bit closer to the saddle but not touching it. I also noticed that your reins are kind of loopy, this causes a lack of connection with your horses mouth. Try and shorten your reins! Good Luck :)
He has a sensitive mouth and he only listens to leg commands because I do tackless with him alot because that's how I pretty much worked with him since I've owned him. And in hunter hack, they like to see slacked reins SOMETIMES. But thank you very much for your input (: I got new tall boots that actually fit so I'm happy. And I will work with my butt closer to the saddle!

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post #7 of 14 Old 01-02-2014, 11:53 AM
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You look as if you're achieving 'half seat' - or trying too - by bracing all your weight into your stirrups so you're legs & heels are being pushed too far away from the horse and they have no contact with his sides at all and you're seat is coming too far out of the saddle so your upper body looks really tense
If anything went wrong while you were in this position you'd be ejected very easily
Aim at looking more like this pic - you could go slightly more forwards but don't do that by pushing off your stirrups
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I saw your picture while I was visiting my mother. She has taught many many to ride, and the first thing she teaches is the half seat/two point for balance as a prelude to posting. She liked your position very much. You do have contact with the horse's sides and you are not using your horse's neck or mouth for balance. Understandably, your foot is too far "home" in the stirrup but that will improve with better fitting boots.

If you search online for the George Morris book Hunt Seat Equitation and scroll down through the pages, you will see your body postion in the half seat/two point is not far off from the picture he uses as a model. I believe I've seen poster bsms post the picture I'm speaking of in past posts.


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I'm sorry but I have to disagree with you on this one updownrider - her legs are in a really poor contact with the horse - even allowing for the oversize boots and she's close to having the backs of her legs against the horse rather than the sides.
I agree that she isn't balancing off the horses mouth - but would criticize her contact - or lack of it which is allowing the horse to just 'run along' with no real balance
The point of a critique IMO is to show the person where they can improve their style
I might be misunderstanding you but half seat is not the same as 2 point
This is what 2 point should look like in a well balanced rider
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jaydee- you are so anti-half seat/two point you do not even understand what it is. I'll let Bernie Traurig explain it to you.

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