Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Thanks Sparkles! I agree. Someone on another forum said my biggest issue seems to be that I'm just flat out trying WAY to hard. Like, I'm so obsessed with trying to have perfect form because the camera is on me, I'm actually tensing myself up and causing myself to look worse. Which makes a lot of sense. I seem to have a horrible habit of over using my arms and really propping on the neck, I noticed it when I jump bareback as well. My lower body looks fine, but my whole upper body is tense, stiff and I'm usually leaning on my hands.
Another huge problem I'm having is my weight. Anyone else find this to be an issue? I went through a period where I lost the weight (I've always been quite heavy) and I was in shock at how much easier riding became. Now it's like I'm constantly fighting not just for my position, but for my balance as well. I'm working hard to try and lose the weight though, especially owning a little Arab, it's a lot harder to find your centre of balance the bigger you are and the smaller your horse is I find.
Thanks for the advice guys, I'm going to work a lot more on the flat with both no stirrups and no hands, and then hopefully get Shay-la lunging me both on the flat and over jumps to strengthen up my lower body and stop using my upper body so much!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.