I am so rusty in the saddle... - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 9 Old 09-09-2012, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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I am so rusty in the saddle...

So, I haven't been able to ride as often as I would like since I only get to ride now when I visit my mom. But my feet and legs are so off, I think it looks terrible. Is it as awful as it seems to be for me in my self critique?
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I think somehow I need to reprogram my brain to keep my legs back and have closer contact

Thank you for any input
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-09-2012, 08:34 PM
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I don't know much about western (or breed I'm guessing?) but your horse is gorgeous ! Not a critique but just beautiful !
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-09-2012, 08:53 PM
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I don't know anything about western either, but you two look good :)
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-09-2012, 08:58 PM
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It looks like th horse is in a left lead canter in those photos. You look a bit twisted in the saddel, with your upper body facing leftward some , leaning forward and your left shoulder drawn back.

You also have a kind of "thrust" into your stirrup which is mostly likely the product of a locked knee. It means your leg cannot drape down the horse, and this makes it harder for you to follow the canter motion. You look to be too rolled forward on your pubic bone, too.

More relaxation all around will help. But then, that's hard to do when you dont' ride a lot. I hope that is helpful and that you can get more riding in. The horse is lovely .
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-10-2012, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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He is in the right lead, his right fore leg will be the last to hit the ground (but his very black body can make that hard to see). He is a blast to ride but I think my feet tend to swing badly in the canter :/

Maybe some more pictures are needed to show my lack of body contact lol

Right now my younger sister is at a local show with him to have some fun and get some practice to maybe show in a class A show next year with more riding lessons :)
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-10-2012, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Here is another picture, I think this shows my lack of contact better


And if you wonder about his breed, he is a purebred Arabian :)
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Oh wow, that is my dream horse! He's stunning!

I won't critique your riding because I just trail ride and I think you look pretty good! But I was wondering if perhaps that saddle is a little small for you? Maybe it's just because I ride in big 'ol roping saddles. You look good, but the saddle looks tiny to me. If the saddle doesn't fit well then it will affect your whole riding position.

So I don't know if it is too small or not, but if you don't feel quite right in the saddle it could be the size of the saddle and not your actual riding.
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Oh wow, that is my dream horse! He's stunning!

I won't critique your riding because I just trail ride and I think you look pretty good! But I was wondering if perhaps that saddle is a little small for you? Maybe it's just because I ride in big 'ol roping saddles. You look good, but the saddle looks tiny to me. If the saddle doesn't fit well then it will affect your whole riding position.

So I don't know if it is too small or not, but if you don't feel quite right in the saddle it could be the size of the saddle and not your actual riding.
Saddle feels comfortable to me

He is also my mom's almost perfect childhood dream horse, just the wrong gender...



So we are hoping to win the breeding gamble, here is my younger sister riding the well bred Arab mare that is confirmed in foal. She sadly delivered her baby 3 months before she was due this past spring and my mom was heartbroken when she buried the perfect little filly. But we are trying again and hoping for a healthy foal this coming spring. So here I am riding the daddy with my younger sister riding the pregnant beauty
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-10-2012, 03:15 AM
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You are bracing like a wild child against those stirrups. I am doing the same, especially after being off for 6 months!

Work on your legs away from the horse, mainly on opening that hip angle up and just try your best to relax on the horse.
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