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        03-18-2008, 05:46 AM
      #11
    Trained
    I havent read all the responses so I apologise if I repeat anything.

    First off she looks pretty good :) she has piano hands in some of the pics so make sure she works on that :)

    Also she needs to roll her shoulders back a little bit :)

    The jumping pics are pretty good but you/she needs to watch her lower leg position. Heels down :)

    In the last jumping pic its look as though she may have jumped a little off. She should be sitting up more by the time she gets to that spot but even still she is doing really great :)
         
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        03-18-2008, 05:51 AM
      #12
    Started
    She looks cute, she has a pretty good posture, but needs to sit back a bit, and keep her heels down. Well done for teaching her and Good on that little girl!
         
        03-18-2008, 11:07 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Thank you!!!!=)
         
        03-19-2008, 09:09 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Are you getting paid for it? SORRY PEOPLE!!! I just have heard of ppl getting into trouble for it before......
         
        03-19-2008, 09:55 PM
      #15
    Foal
    No...
         
        03-19-2008, 09:59 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    ^ okay well I just didnt want you getting into trouble
         
        03-21-2008, 12:31 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Thanks but I'm Fine!! I can take care of myself!!=)
         
        03-22-2008, 07:37 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    The only things that I saw that that haven't been said said yet is maybe she could be releasing just a smidge more over the jump. And in the last picture her helmet looks like it's falling to the right Is there a smaller size she can get?
         
        03-23-2008, 01:53 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    Yeah, the biggie I noticed was the lack of "heels down." Here's a couple tips that I've learned from the various instructors who've taught me about Heels Down:

    1 - "Toes Up!" Get's the same effect as "heels down," but the rider won't be cramming their weight down and possibly tossing their leg forward. Try it and see how she responds.

    2 - The Step Treatment. She can do this at home. She stands with her toes on the edge of a step, facing upstairs. She lets her heels drop down and relaxes her leg muscles. Doing this a couple times a day will stretch out that calf and make it 100 times easier for her heel to naturally go down when in the saddle.

    3 - Ride in Two-Point. A lot. Let that heel drop naturally, straight down. Walk, Trot, Canter.

    4 - Ride w/o Stirrups. We all know this one. It's good for strength and balance.


    That pony is adorable! He's soooo fuzzy!!!
         
        03-23-2008, 08:18 PM
      #20
    Foal
    What a terrific little rider!! And good on you for taking her on!!

    Sorry if I sound very fussy and pedantic about it, but I also teach and like to get things right from the beggining..

    First off, she needs to tuck her bottom underneath her more, not necesarily lean back. This can be acheived by telling her to "open" her hips. If she's not sure how to do it, get her to hop off her horse and stand with her legs apart and push her hips forward, but trying to keep her buttocks relaxed. This is quite hard to acheive without showing you how to teach her to do this, so ask somebody who does know.
    The second thing is she needs to keep her heels down alot more, elbows bent more and thumbs on top (as mentioned). Her legs need to be forward more, but they could be back more than needed because her stirrups appear to be too short. She could also roll her shoulders back a bit more, but that could be to do with nerves. When she does upwards transitions, she tends to put her hands on the front of the saddle. In the jumping photo, she anticipating which is making her lean forward far too much, she also needs to keep her legs on as they're slipping back which in return can make her fall much easily if her horse doesn't do a clean jump. Also remember, just toes in the stirrups!!

    Now onto the gear.
    The saddle looks much to big for her, and is it a jumping saddle? It looks to forward to be a general purpose. You could try her in a dressage saddle if you have access to one? And please try to get one that fits her and the horse or I will put her in a strange position and may hurt the horses back. Also loose the kimblewick and spurs until she is more experienced or she wont have very good natural aids and will always need atrificial aids, which will be quite hard if she wants to compete as she wont be able to use spurs or harsh bits. Snaffles are only allowed in most competitions.

    Hope this helps!!
         

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