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        07-14-2010, 02:23 PM
    Green Broke
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    Alright here are two pictures from the last show Razz and I attended. I know that there are only two pictures and one is at an odd angle, but please tell me what I could do better on for each picture.

    P.S.- Do not comment on the fact that I'm looking down in this Saddle seat picture. I was either checking my diagonal or head, it was most likely the diagonal though.
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        07-14-2010, 03:05 PM
    I have never done or really seen saddle seat, no help there.

    I can help you out with the top picture, I would say sit straighter if at all possible, loosen your reins (relax its riding not murder), put your heels down.
    Tip on the heels, stand on stairs & hand your heels for about 25 mins a day, yes it hurts but it works. Or what my trainer would do was make me sit a Two point & then go have a long conversation with someone on the phone for say an hour or so.

    Hope it all helps!
    By the way, I am horse napping Razz! He is so pretty... its the shine. How do you get him so shinny??
        07-14-2010, 03:38 PM
    Green Broke
    She lives outdoors. And you are welcome to ride and work with her, but she stays with me (for now).

    Thanks for the tips.

    My reins are tight because she saw the gate and decided to rush it (it was the first day she ever did that, and it surprised me). I managed to slow her down by circling her, but I'm unable to circle her where she needs it the most because that is where the judge stands. *sigh* Can't show with judges, can't show without them.
        07-14-2010, 03:48 PM
    First picture:

    I'm not liking how you are sitting in this picture. Your leg is really far forward and your but is really far back. I would (maybe) lengthen your stirrups a hole and then focuse on getting your butt forward and your leg a bit back. Your heels are also up, try to get them flexed down. It looks like you are holding your breathe..? Relax! I get really tense at shows, but once I relax I'm just fine! :)

    Picture two:

    I know NOTHING about saddleseat, but I would say work on getting those heels down! Get more bend in your arms too.

    Your horse is SUPER cute, but I would like to see a change in her headset. I am in love with her tail.

    Sorry if I seemed harsh... ):
        07-14-2010, 03:54 PM
    Green Broke
    You weren't harsh, if I wanted people to be comforting and pansy-ish, I wouldn't have posted them. Does anyone have any tips for her headset, I've tried a couple different methods, one of which has only worked at the walk.
        07-14-2010, 04:45 PM
    Really gorgeous horse!

    All I can say for the first one is relax. I think when you're tensing up then you start leaning forward. Think happy thoughts!

    Also as meantioned already, I think shortening your stirrups would help with the leg issue.

    I can't help at all with the headset, Night Heat has the same problem...
        07-14-2010, 05:45 PM
    When I got my horse she wanted to carry her head very high like that, hollow her back, and grab the bit and go. We have now taught her to frame up and collect herself into a much prettier long and low frame by going wide with the reins instead of shortening the reins. Her previous owner would get scared and shorten and tighten the reins every time she sped up, but this will only aggravate the problem and get you involved in a tugging match most of the time. Instead try this, when your horse goes to speed up or puts its head straight up, don't go with your natural inclination to choke up on him/her but instead go wide with your reins and bump (not pull or yank aggressively) until he gives in some and lowers his head or slows down and then put your hands back closer together for a step/stride or two and as soon as they go up again, go wide again. At first it might seem like you are doing this a lot; however, as time goes on you will notice that the response will get better because instead of a constant hold they are getting a reminder and then some relief. Hope this helps :)
        07-14-2010, 05:49 PM
    Green Broke
    Okay, thanks

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