Yeah, my old trainer told me to have this HUGE forceful contact on my horse's mouth, which in turn made him stick his nose way out 'cause he doesn't like heavy hands, which pulled my elbows forward. I know my arms are absolutely awful.
As for the stirrups, yes actually we lowered them a hole or two for the second class. That's my jumping saddle; we just went to the show for the h.ell of it, I'm not a serious Dressage rider, so my trainer was like whatever just ride with your stirrups short. To be honest I think they look a little short even for jumping in those pictures; I'm pretty sure they're a bit lower now.
Thanks for the crit guys x) I'm not trying to be defensive of my position if I come off that way; everything you've said I agree with. :3
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