Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
Remember to sit up, especially since you are in a Dressage Saddle and slumping makes your cues less clear. Also I think your stirrups may be a hole too long as you have trouble keeping your heels down and your toes are kind of "reaching" for your stirrups.
Make sure you use the side of your leg for cues, watch that your toes aren't pointing out because then you're using the back of your calf.
Eyes up when you ride, your horse has a very uphill gait (is that a canter in that 5th picture.
Also make sure her bridle is even on both sides.. it looks like the right side (her right, our left) is up higher than the other side.
I'd like to see her in a better working mode.. she seems like she isn't reaching for the bit, but sucking away from it. Forward --leg on, and catch that energy with a half halt.
Do you have a trainer?
Also in future it's much easier to get a horse conformation critique in the correct section, not in a thread asking for a horse riding critique as well ;) Horse Conformation Critique
>> this is an all purpose saddle, similar to Wintec 250 :) I would love to have a dressage one, since I started in a dressage club, but in D saddle I will have to use me knees to clues
With sitrrups you may be right. It's my custom, from the dressage saddles, I am working on shorting them, but now my legs hurt after riding in short ones... :(
>>I am trying to use side parts of legs... but she is so small, that wehen I point my toes forward and get my heels down, I don't even touch her belly, and when I do, my knees are out of the saddle... :( So I am teaching her to react on seat aids and she is fortunately learning very fast.
>>Uphill, not so much, this is a transition, her paces are usually very flat... Since we are starting to try to get a little bit of collection, it sometimes even looks good
>>I had a trainer until like two months ago, but I refused to lease Liza to her younger sister for shows (I had a lot of work to make her understand, that she doesnt have to run to obstacles etc. I am not going to give her to some 6yo girl to make her race to the jumps....). YesterdayI got a new one but I am not satisfied, she doen't take the horse as a green, which she is, but she wants things from her, which she doesnt know and understand... :(
Liza usually goes to the bit, but only at walk. She has some great moments in trot, and we don't canter that much in the arena, just to make sure she canters on the correct leg... I am riding her on very light contact, since she is afraid of the bit it seems. She had a very sharp one and her previous owner rode her like kick=go and pull the reins=stop... :( So I bought this plastic one and she seems to accept it better, but theres a lot of work ahead of us :)
A month ago :) first time on gogue :)