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post #1 of 10 Old 06-28-2009, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Huntseat Eq. Critique

Please critique my equitation. To clarify, it is not Hunter/Jumper Equitation. It is more the Huntseat Pleasure style.
Please be truthful but not downright mean.

My morgan gelding, last year.
We won equ.










^^ My downfall!!!! I rode saddleseat for many years before huntseat, hence the crazy looking leg position. I'm getting better though, I think lol



Last year as well, me on my pinto pony gelding (he's about 12hh, how big do I look?? Do I look WAY too big or is it acceptable?)







^^ Again, OUT with the legs! I've been wearing half chaps every time I ride now though which is helping me out with this

CRITIQUE AWAY!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-28-2009, 09:21 PM
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I think you look cute on the little Pinto.
I think you're equitation (esp. For pleasure classes) would excel in upper levels with a longer stirrup (especially on your Morgan) because it looks as though you're just sitting there and not using your leg (since the stirrups are at a height a cross country rider would use). Also, I can't quite tell from the pictures, but it appears that you might have slight "piano hands" - Try keeping them straight.

I think your eq. Looks better on the Pinto because you have a little more give with that horse, try keeping your hands lower and a softer rein for pleasure. I think your eq looks different between the two horses because the Morgan is probably more difficult to ride. Very nice though! Just try lowering your stirrups and giving more rein to the Morgan to be successful in higher levels.
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I think a lot of your "flaws" are a hold over from the saddleseat training- you look like how my mom looked when she got on my hunter pony when I was a kid and that is how she was trained.

My first thought is that your stirrups are much too short, which pushes you into a position where your seat is too far back, even as your upper body is tilted slightly forward. You need to open your hip so your upper body is straight (think of a string from your head, going straight to the ceiling), neither leaning forward (as you are doing in the latter pics) or leaning somewhat backward (which you are doing int he first couple pics.) Lengthening your stirrups a couple holes should help you to more easily get into the correct position and better wrap your legs around your horse. It should also allow you to turn your toes in a bit. On the pinto, it looks like your saddle might be a little on the small side for you - going up half an inch or so will allow you to sit into the saddle more comfortably.

You definitely have some high piano hands going - try turning your thumbs up and lowering your hand carriage a little, then widening them somewhat so that they are just above and to either side of the withers, rather than high and several inches up the horse's neck. That will also help to relax what seems to be a somewhat severe hold on your horses' mouths.

All that said, you look good. Just think of stretching down from your hip down and up from your seatbone up, soften your hands a little, and you should be more or less right where you need to be. :)

I really like your morgan by the way - he's quite a looker :)

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how tall is that littkle pony? He is soooooo cute.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-01-2009, 12:50 AM
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You get my vote for riding saddleseat!!! Although your hands could be up and out a little more but hey you won right!!! And the morgan is a cutie. I always said if there wasnt such things as saddlebreds I would own morgans.

The pinto is a cutie. But I do think your a little to big for him. Not by much were it looks odd but enough.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-01-2009, 06:44 AM
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both mounts are very lovely..... yes you are a little big on the pinto but not by much..... One thing I notice in several pics you are looking down, along with lenthening your stirrups and fixing your hands just remember to look up, you are very nice rider.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-01-2009, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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The pinto is about 12hh. I trained him myself, which is why I was showing him. I had to be the one to take him to his first couple of shows.
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The only thing I noticed were your toes--the pointed out like, a lot, making your ankles point out as well. And your sturrips, like a few have already noticed, are too short..The Morgan is outstandingly gorgeous, beautiful collection, WOW. O.O I LOVE is headset!

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I think a lot of your "flaws" are a hold over from the saddleseat training- you look like how my mom looked when she got on my hunter pony when I was a kid and that is how she was trained.

My first thought is that your stirrups are much too short, which pushes you into a position where your seat is too far back, even as your upper body is tilted slightly forward. You need to open your hip so your upper body is straight (think of a string from your head, going straight to the ceiling), neither leaning forward (as you are doing in the latter pics) or leaning somewhat backward (which you are doing int he first couple pics.) Lengthening your stirrups a couple holes should help you to more easily get into the correct position and better wrap your legs around your horse. It should also allow you to turn your toes in a bit. On the pinto, it looks like your saddle might be a little on the small side for you - going up half an inch or so will allow you to sit into the saddle more comfortably.

You definitely have some high piano hands going - try turning your thumbs up and lowering your hand carriage a little, then widening them somewhat so that they are just above and to either side of the withers, rather than high and several inches up the horse's neck. That will also help to relax what seems to be a somewhat severe hold on your horses' mouths.

All that said, you look good. Just think of stretching down from your hip down and up from your seatbone up, soften your hands a little, and you should be more or less right where you need to be. :)

I really like your morgan by the way - he's quite a looker :)
I agree.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-05-2009, 12:41 AM
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I agree with all others, definitely lengthen those stirrups! Your Morgan is stunnign by the way. 8)

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