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    11-26-2008, 05:27 PM
Ahh, intercollegiate shows. I went to the university of Findlay for western, so I know what you're talking about. (Good show program, HORRIBLE COLLEGE and teaching. Ugh.)
Push your thigh down; that will help get that almost-straight-legged look and keep your heels lined up with your hip.
Keep your right hand (the non-rein hand) down closer to the pommel of the saddle, near the horn. Don't touch! Just don't bring it up so high.
Rein hand: Unless turning, thumb up!
Shoulders back, girly. ;)

Other nit-picky things that Findlay did:
Try to get your hat shaped, and ask for the 'quarter horse' style. Your sides aren't as sharp as they need to be. This is what the judges are looking for, and helps create the picture of a neat, crisp rider.
I know not everyone has the money, but if possible try to get a black shirt that has a color/detailing at the shoulder. The black shirt will help create a nicer silhouette rather then the red shirt that seems to cut you in half where it meets your black chaps/pants. Red+black is fine in a pleasure class, but not so in horsemanship!
Earrings, for when your classes get more serious (like open, etc.) and brighter lipstick. It's kind of like putting on stage makeup--it may look ridiculous to you, but the judge will hardly be able to tell.
Try to make the number on your back as SMALL as possible by either cutting off the excess white, or folding back the extra, and then use two pins (on the sides) to secure it--that way, it won't flop. (I didn't see it flopping, but I can't tell how you pinned it, lol!)

Whatever I can tell to other schools to make Findlay lose, I will. ;) Horrible training program for 36,000 a year.
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    11-26-2008, 06:33 PM
Haha!! Thanks! There might of been something about us eventually competing against Findlay. I also noticed that my right leg slides forward, especially when there anything I can do to help keep it back? But yeah, the makeup is ridiculus!! Haha
    11-26-2008, 06:38 PM
Kick Findlay's you-know-what! :P

We used to do these stupid drills in Findlay where you would 'scissor' your legs... start at a walk, where you take your feet out of the stirrups and push one leg forward as far (towards the horses shoulder) and the other one back as far as you can (towards the horses hip). Keep them as straight as possible with hardly any bend in the knee. It's hard!! You do this at a walk, then jog, and when you're ready, canter--it will help strengthen your legs to keep them where you tell them, lol--and it will also help you sit straight in the saddle. And as always... a lot of no stirrup work!

Good luck!
    11-26-2008, 06:38 PM
Originally Posted by girl_on_black_pony    
Nice! When I show, we keep our left arm hanging down at out just looks different.

Just pull those legs back. You guys look superb! :)
Holding your hand down at the side is more of a pleasure riding thing.
In horsemanship (which is being judged here) you should hold your hand up as if you were riding too handed (which she is doing).
    11-27-2008, 10:15 AM
Oh! I plan on kicking Findlay's you-know-what!! Hahaha

Thanks guys for the critiques
    11-27-2008, 07:52 PM
- keep your elbows in a little tighter to your sides. (to practice horsemanship I put paper under my elbows)
- watch your free arm, it seems to come in towards your belly button and you want to keep it more square.

Hope this helps! =]
    11-28-2008, 10:15 AM
Thanks! My instructor also said I could stick a pole between my elbows behind my back to also keep my elbows closer to my side and to keep my shoulders back.
    11-28-2008, 09:56 PM
A lot of good suggestions, but something I just noticed (and don't know if you have any control over - do you tack up your own horse?), is that one day your horse had a mouth closer on. I don't know about the IHSA shows, but at other shows that's a big no no. Like DQ.

Best of luck with everything, though. The other things I noticed were keeping your legs underneath you, eyes up, shoulders back and rolled down. Also for horsemanship you need to sit up straighter through your lower back and pelvis - there shouldn't be much of a tilt to it. (not sure if that makes any sense at all?) But overall you are looking pretty good.
    11-29-2008, 02:15 AM
Not going to critique (idk much about western stuff, lol), but you look great, cute horse!
    11-29-2008, 08:04 PM
Thanks poptart and sandsarita!

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