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        03-17-2012, 11:01 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Scratch the thing about the arms... I thought I saw something when I didn't. Sorry, my brain doesn't function until the afternoon :)!
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        03-17-2012, 11:12 AM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by justjump    
    Hmm I think I agree with the above posters! I'm kind of weird about sitting around the course... My friend does it and when she does, she keeps her hands in her crotch and it literally looks like she's just sitting there, propped up on her horse enjoying the ride. I think if your going to sit there, you need to pick your hands up and hold them steady.. Just a weird personal preference :) my horses canter is really hard to sit around a course so I half-seat :).

    Anyway, you have a LOT of improvement in your videos! A year ago, it looks like you were just sitting on a couch, but in your recent ones, you look way more alert, shoulders back, and one with your horse! I think you should work on bringing your hands up, holding them a little more still around your course (I only watched one of the videos, could have been just that one video! Sorry if I'm wrong :) ) and try holding our your 2-point just a hair bit longer!

    You seem so dedicated and really willing to improve... With that attitude, you can accomplish anything! :)
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    I definitely do need to work on holding my 2-point longer. I've my next lesson on Monday so I'll definitely work on it then.

    Thank you!

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    Originally Posted by justjump    
    Scratch the thing about the arms... I thought I saw something when I didn't. Sorry, my brain doesn't function until the afternoon :)!
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    haha alrighty! I actually have a slight tendency to hold my hands too high
         
        03-17-2012, 10:59 PM
      #13
    Trained
    The sitting too early thing is pretty easy to fix. Just tell yourself, land, sit to keep yourself in two point that one extra stride after landing.
         
        03-18-2012, 12:54 AM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by juniormylove    
    I almost had my mom take a picture of my stirrups after my lesson, but I forgot. Gr.
    But anyways. This is the length that I rode at for over a year...it's only within the past few weeks that I've shortened them a hole.


    I do agree that my ankle is almost too flexible (while I do tend to brace against the stirrups after I've landed/in the corner, my heel does actually just bend a lot)

    This saddle actually fits me the best out of any saddle I've "owned." My saddle fits the owner of this one better too, so we just swapped haha.
    I know the saddle fits you better but you have a really long femur bone and your knee is almost off the saddle in the resting position at this length. Despite popular belief bigger saddles aren't just for bigger butts, they're for taller people too. I'm only 5'3" and I like to ride in a 17.5"-18" depending upon the style because I like deeper seated more forward flapped saddles and I like the extra room for x-c so I'm never getting smacked in the butt by my saddle and so that the knee blocks aren't pushing my knees outward and causing pain (I have knee problems already O.o ). I also have a longer femur so the bigger saddles suit me well overall. I think you might just have to suck it up and sell your saddle (maybe sell it to your friend and your friend can sell hers too to pay for yours?).

    Also the angle in the resting position looks good and probably looks better with the 1 hole shorter stirrups but remember this is the "resting" position, they drop down more when you're actively riding. And as for bracing in your stirrups, that might be why your heel drops down so far, you're trying to not brace by overextending your heel, but instead you're causing yourself to need to brace, experiment with your two point, spend lots of time riding in it, really feel where you're comfortable, where you brace, etc. You might find that putting them up another hole does not allow you to drop your heel so far down, and may stop the bracing.
         
        03-18-2012, 10:47 AM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
    The sitting too early thing is pretty easy to fix. Just tell yourself, land, sit to keep yourself in two point that one extra stride after landing.
    I'll definitely keep that in mind tomorrow!

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    Originally Posted by yourcolorfuladdiction    
    I know the saddle fits you better but you have a really long femur bone and your knee is almost off the saddle in the resting position at this length. Despite popular belief bigger saddles aren't just for bigger butts, they're for taller people too. I'm only 5'3" and I like to ride in a 17.5"-18" depending upon the style because I like deeper seated more forward flapped saddles and I like the extra room for x-c so I'm never getting smacked in the butt by my saddle and so that the knee blocks aren't pushing my knees outward and causing pain (I have knee problems already O.o ). I also have a longer femur so the bigger saddles suit me well overall. I think you might just have to suck it up and sell your saddle (maybe sell it to your friend and your friend can sell hers too to pay for yours?).

    Also the angle in the resting position looks good and probably looks better with the 1 hole shorter stirrups but remember this is the "resting" position, they drop down more when you're actively riding. And as for bracing in your stirrups, that might be why your heel drops down so far, you're trying to not brace by overextending your heel, but instead you're causing yourself to need to brace, experiment with your two point, spend lots of time riding in it, really feel where you're comfortable, where you brace, etc. You might find that putting them up another hole does not allow you to drop your heel so far down, and may stop the bracing.
    Haha yes, I have ridiculously long legs. I'm 5'8" and I feel like the majority of that length is in my leg. :p

    Oh believe me, I know about the bigger seats. Seat-wise I can comfortably fit in a 17", but MY saddle was 17.5" and I think this one is the same (not sure, there isn't anything on the saddle that says). Realistically, that's about as large as I can go in the seat before I start swimming (from experience hacking in other people's saddles at the barn). I know in theory I just need a different flap, but there's no way I can afford a new saddle. This is the best fit out of my current options so it's got to work.

    I head off to college in roughly 5 months and I won't be riding much if at all for a while, so there's no point in buying a new saddle NOW, y'know? I have been considering selling my saddle to my friend, but any money made off of that would be put towards a laptop for college, not another saddle that's going to sit and collect dust for half the year. It sucks, I know, but I'm kinda stuck.

    I believe this is what my stirrups would be if I shortened them a hole from where I am now. I only use this length for schooling the little ponies and the one time I forgot to lengthen them after I hopped on a full sized horse, I felt like a jockey.
         
        03-19-2012, 12:32 AM
      #16
    Foal
    I actually like the length you have there lol, even though your knee is coming over the saddle. When you put your stirrups up, you ARE going to feel like a jockey. It is also going to be difficult to ride in for a while and your muscles are going to get tired quicker but it's a more powerful position. Granted, I do spend a lot of time in two point and Event so having a powerful two point position is very important. But one of the many functions of having a stronger two point is being able to keep your butt out of the saddle over the fence and during the landing, which is what you needed to work on.
         
        03-19-2012, 04:20 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Really? I feel absolutely ridiculous riding like that! My length right now hits right at my ankle bone, which is what it's supposed to, right?
    Different saddle and different horse and from last summer...but this should roughly be the length of my stirrups right now. At least, it's on the same hole. I should really shorten from here? (I'm just confused because up until now, everyone [including my trainer-for-the-month] has thought of them being borderline too short)


    Ahh, well. I'm riding tonight so I guess I can try putting them up? Depends on who I'm riding, haha.
         
        03-19-2012, 11:03 PM
      #18
    Foal
    You look good! I do agree with MyBoyPuck about you absorbing the jump with your hips. You should work on keeping your hands steady and releasing over the jumps.
         
        03-20-2012, 03:56 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    If I ride this week, I'll definitely work on my hands!
    I ended up not having a lesson last night because I donated blood yesterday morning but the next time I have an actual lesson I'll try to think about that!
         
        03-29-2012, 08:18 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    On Friday Scooter was lame so I got on Brooke and we just had a fun lesson, where my trainer just kept raising jumps and I kind of just made up courses as I went :p But anyways. I focused a lot on my hands and my trainer worked with me on letting Brooke draw my hands forward over the jumps, and I definitely felt a difference! She's a big (17.2) heavy girl and tends to just launch over the jumps, but on ones where my hands were actually doing something productive, I felt her actually stretch out over the jumps :) It was good! We'll just have to see if I can transfer that over to Scooter.

    I also schooled a couple ponies on Sunday morning (at 7am...eek!) and focused on not letting my hands come up off the neck until all 4 feet were on the ground. It's hard! But, and this is a testament to how hard I've been working on myself, I didn't get left behind! This pony, although he's only 12hh, has a ridiculously round jump and the first time I ever rode him I was getting all out of balance. I guess all of my time riding in a half seat has worked out?

    Aside from grabbing mane, is there anything I can do to teach myself to not 'snap' my hands up?
         

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