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post #11 of 13 Old 08-31-2009, 08:25 PM
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I agree with most have been said.

Don't hold your hands near your stomach, they should be balanced somewhere over the horses withers. Just think, where they are now, if your horse threw up his head and tried to take of, you couldn't pull the reins, because you would have nowhere to go :)

My old instructer used to say their should be a line from ear to shoulder to hip to heel - the should all be on the same vertical line. You could probably drop your stirrups a hole which might make it a little easier. He used to say imagine there was string down there or something, I don't know, its been a long time.

Also, with your reins, it might be a little strange getting used to riding with a contact if thats not what your used to. In fact, you may find the reins slipping, so reins with little notchy things might help. That way you can decide of your notch, and if you slip back a little, you know you have and correct it :)

Sit back more, but if you try and sort of get a line going like little picture in Vicizmax's post then that should sort itself out.
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-31-2009, 09:40 PM
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I agree with the previous critiques, as you can see, the straight line from your shoulders, down through your elbows and heels is broken. While your lower leg certainly needs to come back, I might blame your saddle for that. It looks like you have a strong long, it's just not in the right place b/c the seat of the saddle is a bit small and the leg flaps are too far forward. I suspect this has caused you to perch/ tip forward with your upper body and caused that too-far-in front-of-you leg position. There is just no way to correct your position if your saddle is "forcing you" into the incorrect position...I myself had an issue with this where my saddle didn't fit properly and resulted in my leg being too far forward. I might suggest going to a local tack shop to assist in determining what saddle size fits you (and of course, make sure it fits your horse too!). If there aren't any tack shops nearby with an expert that can help you, perhaps check online as to how you could measure yourself.
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-01-2009, 08:27 AM
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Aside from previous comments, where's your other hand?! Both hands on the reins please
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