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post #71 of 95 Old 10-30-2013, 12:35 PM
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the images are kind of small, so I can't see detail. The one thing that stands out is that you have too much roll in the small of your back. Your upper body is arched inward, and your elbows look a bit locked.

Just out of curiosity, try sitting for a bit , at the walk, and experiement until you feel your seatbones point straight down. Put the reins in one hand , then up to a trot and try to maintain that alignment; seatbones straight down, not pointing backward. Just lightly neck rein her for a bit, and keep your elbows bent and upper arm close in to the ribcage.

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I think I figured out the whole thing riding yesterday. My leg wasn't waaay behind me like it is in the last video. But it felt just right. I will make an attempt at a video today :)

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Some pics from today!







And Little Lizzy cause she's neat:


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Friendly bump for these new pictures

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Cookie monster no NEED to be impatient. SOME of us are working...and cleaning...and riding before the snow comes. Here...have a cookie.
Seriously, I like what I see EXCEPT your hands should be only as wide as your horse's bit. What are those blue things 7-8 inches below the bit on the reins? Are they "stops?" Must be new. Unless you are using a running martingale, I'd take them off.
I like your heels and your back. It also looks like you need more softness with the reins. Work more at following her at the walk. It isn't the trot that teaches you to sit better. It is the trot that trains the horse to relax and get in better shape. For the RIDER, it is riding without stirrups at the WALK that makes your seat. Try riding the walk without stirrups for one full hour at a time. Boring, YES, but helpful and safe. Good improvement! =D
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I forgot to say--Lizzie is VERY PRETTY!! My mare, "Warren's Cindy", aka "Moon Eyes", aka "Sweat Pea" REMINDED me to tell you this.

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It's blizzarding here, so I'm jealous of you who are riding! XD And I like cookies!

Those blue things on my reins are my hand crafted rein stops for when I use my running martengale on Squiggs. I actually crafted them from some old ear tags we use for tagging cattle, cut them up and made them into rein stops. They work unbelievably well! They are a real pain to take off and put back on, so they can stay!

Thanks for your critique! This little paint looooves to pull on the reins, and is coming off of an injury and so she gets to have the English saddle for coming back into work so I can have another horse to ride to work on my position, and work on her bit pulling issue at the same time. AND she's also a rescue - she got dumped off at our place as a wild yearling, she's 6 now

I will take that walking stirrupless idea and run with it (not literally, I will die), cause I can ride forever and a day in any direction here and walking is NBD and can be done safely in the snow.

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Very nice. The dog is making me a little nervous. Must be some type of herding dog?

Regarding the posting trot, I think it looks forced because you are posting behind the vertical. Make sure your legs are underneath you and then let the weight drop down into your heels with each rise.
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The thing that stands out to me is that placement of your hands/wrists. I would bring them a bit closer.

Lizzy is lovely! <3

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