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    03-23-2008, 09:31 PM
Yeah and I've notice in your videos that you have bad habbits, and because your so young and not that exprienced just make sure your habbits don't rub off on her
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    03-23-2008, 10:27 PM
Originally Posted by -xx-sally-xx-
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!!

Spurs are allowed in shows..........haha
    03-24-2008, 12:31 AM
Good job for teaching her the basics! What a cutie!
Somethings that I saw was that she needs to bend her elbows, thumbs on tob and heels down. I look forward to some future pictures.
Oh - and something I don't see too often is that kids putting their eyes up. In most pictures she looks good with her eye..."position" (I guess)!
    12-27-2008, 02:20 PM
I'm surprised Sally was the only one to mention the saddle thing!! Its way to big and it's going to cause position issues. Her stirrups could go up a hole or two which will probably help with her heels.

She needs to go back and do a few lunge lessons and do some no stirrup work which I think everyone could use more of. This will help with her leg and stiff arms and shoulders. They are soo cute though...
    12-27-2008, 02:27 PM
Spurs are allowed in shows, but I would agree with losing them at this point until she becomes more solid. Why is the pony in that bit?
I think she looks like a really lovely little rider. The big thing that stuck out to me was heels, but that has already been said.
Also with the saddle.
Maybe try some bareback lessons on a lead rope every once and awhile. It will really help her find her position on the horse and help strengthen her.
    12-27-2008, 08:47 PM
Even though you aren't getting paid and things are all fine and dandy right now you really should carry insurance. If she falls off and gets injured her parents can sue you, and unfortunately that happens alllll the time. I personally don't agree to anyone under the age of 16 teaching, and even then I think most instructors aren't near ready enough to teach. It's more than "heels down, shoulders back, inside rein..."
    12-27-2008, 08:49 PM
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Very cute! It looks like you are doing a pretty good job teaching her! I'm sure it makes you feel really good! Keep up the good work.
    12-28-2008, 12:28 PM
Originally Posted by BeauReba    
Even though you aren't getting paid and things are all fine and dandy right now you really should carry insurance. If she falls off and gets injured her parents can sue you, and unfortunately that happens alllll the time. I personally don't agree to anyone under the age of 16 teaching, and even then I think most instructors aren't near ready enough to teach. It's more than "heels down, shoulders back, inside rein..."
I agree with BeauReba, because some month ago a girl that had no license to teach had to pay 11.000 € to her student who fell off the horse.

And now to the critique of the young girl you are teaching: first of all: away with those spurs!!! They are the false instrument for a riding pupil, whose leg is not yet "fixed" to keep a horse walking. Spurs are for very good riders to give very fine aids.
And I would say on the first pic the stirrups are a little bit too short.
But apart from that she´s on the right way!
    12-29-2008, 02:53 PM
I've noticed a lot of people who DID NOT READ the post, she is using the spurs b/c her crop broke ... so please read before you say no spurs like 20 million times! Also if the girls mom wants her to teach her somethings then that is the mothers choice, she asked for you guys to look over the rider not hound her on what she shouldn't be doing ... I guess I don't see how that will help her give this little girl some pointers. So all that to say lets stay focused please!

I agree with the heals down and I think that the stairs thing will help that someone above said (sorry I can't remember who) .. other wise lots of practice and some time will help her, she is still young so it's great that she is starting off and can build a great foundation!
    12-29-2008, 03:33 PM
I don't think spurs are at all like a crop as an aid. A crop can be used reasonably correctly by a beginner; spurs require leg control and strength that are often beyond beginners, and, as others have said, are a tool for the refined rider, not a way to reinforce leg aids the way a crop is.

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