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    08-22-2009, 01:34 PM
  #1
Weanling
me riding english

Okay I need you guys to tell me how I look and what I could fix. I need to lose weight and it I will look better but what do you guys think. I will take anything on me and calvin.

     
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    08-22-2009, 01:47 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Its kinda hard to really tell what you are doing wrong from just one picture, but you need to move your hands up your reins about 7 inches. Your hands should be above your horses withers, or a little further up his/her neck.
     
    08-22-2009, 01:53 PM
  #3
Weanling
That is the only good side pic I have. But I will work on the reins. So used to riding in western. Thanksl
     
    08-22-2009, 01:58 PM
  #4
Green Broke
No problem. I have the opposite problem. I hold my reins to tight because I used to ride english, and now I am mostly all western. Hah
     
    08-22-2009, 02:10 PM
  #5
Showing
Woahhhhhh heels WAY too far forward. Put them under you, so you don't have to make such an effort in, lets say, posting to the trot
     
    08-22-2009, 02:13 PM
  #6
Showing
I ride mostly western, so I guess im critiquing a bit wrong lol. Your heels aren't that far foreward, as that'd b a HUGE red flag if you were riding Western lol!
     
    08-22-2009, 02:16 PM
  #7
Weanling
Okay so heals foward and hands down the reins I got it now! Haha it helps to talk to people who know what they are doing.
     
    08-22-2009, 09:29 PM
  #8
Foal
Ok there's a few things you need to get right, hehe :p

YOUR HANDS
Relax your hands! Turn them so you can see your finger nails, and have them vertical, so your little fingers are on the bottom and thumbs on top of your pointing fingers. And yes, shorten your reins ALOT :) Then hold your hands a little more forward, just before the saddle and maybe a cm. More down.

YOUR POSITION
Sit up straight! You're curving your lower back! Imagine there's a thread at the top your head and someone's pulling at it. Curve your back a bit, shoulders more back and stomach and chest out Sit on your bottom and don't stick it out :) ...And remember to stay relaxed. You look a bit tense.

YOUR LEGS
You have your heels down which is good. But you legs are too much forward! This could also be because your position isnt exactly accurate. There should be a vertical line from your ear, to the back of your lower back and down to the back of your heels:

So take your legs a bit more back, but keep your heels down! Sometimes lengthening the stirrups a bit helps. I see you're riding in an all-round saddle which looks more like a jumping saddle, so it might be more difficult, but try nevertheless :)

Otherwise you look great!
     
    08-23-2009, 08:13 PM
  #9
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Originally Posted by Vicizmax    
Ok there's a few things you need to get right, hehe :p

YOUR HANDS
Relax your hands! Turn them so you can see your finger nails, and have them vertical, so your little fingers are on the bottom and thumbs on top of your pointing fingers. And yes, shorten your reins ALOT :) Then hold your hands a little more forward, just before the saddle and maybe a cm. More down.

YOUR POSITION
Sit up straight! You're curving your lower back! Imagine there's a thread at the top your head and someone's pulling at it. Curve your back a bit, shoulders more back and stomach and chest out Sit on your bottom and don't stick it out :) ...And remember to stay relaxed. You look a bit tense.

YOUR LEGS
You have your heels down which is good. But you legs are too much forward! This could also be because your position isnt exactly accurate. There should be a vertical line from your ear, to the back of your lower back and down to the back of your heels:

So take your legs a bit more back, but keep your heels down! Sometimes lengthening the stirrups a bit helps. I see you're riding in an all-round saddle which looks more like a jumping saddle, so it might be more difficult, but try nevertheless :)

Otherwise you look great!
Agree with the above!

Also:
Try and not ride with a halter on, with an english bridle it will fit best without the halter
Your saddle looks too small to me but hey if that's what you have to work with then you are all good
     
    08-31-2009, 05:36 PM
  #10
Weanling
Okay that helps alot ! My saddle does fit it is jut my fat butt. Thanks so much!!!
     

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