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post #1 of 20 Old 09-11-2009, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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My lesson today (Pic heavy!)

Hey .. these are from my lesson this morning. I am quite surprised at how bad I look up there... I see some arm chairy stuff.. my hands are crap (I think?) and I'm always tipped forward (I'm also asking for canter in a lot of shots thats why my leg is back sometimes.. I also tip forward when I ask.. working on fixing that... )
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-11-2009, 07:14 PM
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I think that saddle might be significantly too big for you which may be causing a lot of the issues you're having... I'm not totally sure though...

I think you also are holding the reins too high, holding them lower (closer to his withers) will probably help with your arms. You've also got piano hands going on in a few of the pictures, your thumbs should be to the sky. I totally have that same problem with my hands. >.<

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post #3 of 20 Old 09-11-2009, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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shes not mine.. just my lesson horse :)
shes a real sweetie though.. puts up with all my silly crap.

And thats not my saddle (obviously...seeing as she is not my horse).. not much I can do about that I guess... :(

but I'm curious... how do small butts find saddles that fit their big horses? Not that I'm going to go out and buy a saddle.. but I'm just wondering...

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You can get an adjustable gullet, that helps. My horse is 16.3 with a wide shoulder, so I'm looking for a 16.5" seat with a long flap and an adjustable gullet
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Don't have time for a full critique but bring your elbows back to rest at your side and sit straight and tall. Bringing your arms back will probably help with your leaning too. I had problems with my arms too far forward for a LONG time and only just broke the habit. But it's always something that I have to remind myself about.

Your arms should look like this:

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post #7 of 20 Old 09-12-2009, 02:59 PM
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Just wanted to comment that you are the tallest lankiest looking person I have ever seen! *jealous*
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post #8 of 20 Old 09-12-2009, 03:41 PM
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Ditto on the arms.
Also, I'd suggest closing your fingers, you're holding the reins very loosely. This is a big problem for me, too! All 4 fingers should touch your palm, which (mostly in the last few pictures, I'm pretty sure your 1st picture is a repeat), they aren't doing. This will help you give more subtle and accurate aids, and if the horse decides to bolt/spook, the reins won't be ripped from your hands. Which has, by the way, happened to me before. More than once.

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Just wanted to comment that you are the tallest lankiest looking person I have ever seen! *jealous*
haha thanks, but I'm a lowly 5 foot 3... I wish I were tall


And thanks for the advice. Pretty much what I expected since I know I have arm and hand problems. I'll try to remember to keep my hands tight and my arms bent. I worked really hard on that today.. but its harder on the horse in the pics than the ones I was riding today.
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Also just wanted to mention since I don't think that anyone said this already, your heels could definitely be lower. Be sure to sink your weight into them and really flex down while keeping it in line. (It may help to put the stirrup a little more forward on your foot- like more toward the toe) Overall you look like you have a lot of talent though, just keep up the good work!

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