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        11-21-2010, 03:42 PM
    I have some questions about my riding position

    I took my camera out to the barn today and set it up to record my ride, mostly all I got was a nice view of the grass but every now and then me and Phoenix would pass by. I won't post video as i'm sure no one wants to see 20 minutes of grass 5 minutes of bad riding.

    I took a few stills (sorry they're not better quality) and was quite honestly appalled by my riding position. I haven't taken lessons in a few years as I could no longer afford to take lessons and pay board.

    So a bit of background before I post the pics. Phoenix has been back in work for almost a year and was out of it due to hip pain/issues. Mostly when I ride I focus on where he's going and what he's doing and completely forget about myself and have fallen into some awful habits. I'm hoping people have solutions to help me overcome these :)

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    So as you can see I seem to have no control over my arms/hands. I mostly have piano hands and for some reason can't seem to get my arms back by my sides.

    Other than my arms how's the rest of me? I see a slight chair seat which I didn't think I had (i've had back problems which may be why my body has adopted this position).

    What methods can I use to bring my arms back? I do it every now and then but find myself slipping back into lazy ways especially when I don't have an instructor yelling "arms" at me every 5 minutes.

    I would ask for a critique of the horse but this was not one of his finer moments; please do excuse his hollow back and giraffe type neck/head. We were riding with other people and he was incredibly excited by that; he's also very stiff and if we'd been riding alone today we were going to work on suppling exercises.
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        11-21-2010, 05:05 PM
    Luv ur horse!! Anyways try to tuck ur elbows in and that should help. You hav good leg position although id like to see ur heels down a little more, but don't over do it.
    Just remeber keep your elbows close to u
    Good luck!! :)
        11-21-2010, 05:06 PM
    By the way what breed is ur horse?
        11-21-2010, 05:10 PM
    He's a mustang x appaloosa.

    Thanks. I always forget about my heels.
        11-21-2010, 05:19 PM
    Thats awesome I love mustangs theres a bunch at a local show I go to! I ride a morgan we do shortstirup and im planning on doing the reg. Morgans on him too
        11-21-2010, 05:19 PM
    Green Broke
    One of the best exercises to get your elbows at your sides is to take a crop, press it across your back, and put the ends of the crop in the crooks of your elbows. Eventually that position will become natural.
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        11-21-2010, 05:20 PM
    Ur welcome about that I luv when me and my friends critque each other!
        11-21-2010, 05:21 PM
    Yes a little girl at my barn did that crop trick and it really helps
        11-21-2010, 05:24 PM
    Ur welcome I luv mustangs! I do hunter stuff on a not really mine morgan,
        11-21-2010, 05:26 PM
    I could do that, sounds like it would help and I bet I could do that off the horse too to train my arms... thanks!

    I wish the people I ride with would critique me but they all ride so differently, plus I doubt they even noticed.

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