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        03-22-2008, 10:15 AM
    New to English

    Hi everyone..I'm pretty new to english,( I know I am riding in a dressage saddle,) please give me some tips:) Sorry for the dark pics..

    Yes I know he is on the wrong lead in this one....

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        03-22-2008, 03:08 PM
    Hey could you get new pics??? These are kinda hard to see, so its hard to give you good tips
        03-22-2008, 05:41 PM
    I know they are really dark:( I probably won't be able to get more pictures for about a week..that is my best friends horse mine doesn't do english just western.
        03-22-2008, 08:03 PM
    You lean forward a lot. Like once the horse starts moving it seems as if you just lose control almost and just hold on, thus causing you to fly forward.
        03-23-2008, 01:35 AM
    There's really not much at all I can see from these photos because they are so dark. I'm happy you're wearing a helmet!

    Try us with some lighter photos when you can. And try to not wear a big jacket for the new just hides your posture.
        03-24-2008, 09:41 AM
    The only thing I can see is that you need to bend your elbow and raise your hands. Make sure you get your thumbs on top, and think of putting your weight in your elbow.
        07-20-2009, 11:54 AM
    Everyting about English lies in the way you sit and hold the reins. Some instructors will say that if you are sitting on the saddle in the correct postion and if you were to take the horse and saddle away then you would be left standing up ( be it a little high off the ground)'
    I do suggest you obtain a copy of the BHS Manual of Equitation isbn 0-872119-33-6 - everything you need to know at the beginning is described along with diagrams. Amazon will be able to get it.
    When you've read a bit then get a training video.
        07-20-2009, 09:50 PM
    Your hand position in the first pic is way all over the place...I'm guessing you probably caught that already. You want to keep your hands just in front of the wither, but not on top of it, if that makes sense? You don't want the hands right next together, is what I'm saying, but you dont' want them way far out like in that pic either. It looks like in the following pics, you wound up placing your hands too close together. It's a delicate balance.

    I do like that you keep a pretty straight line from rein to elbow; I would like your lower arm to come up just slightly though, to create a bit more angle and thus a bit more 'control' in your arm.

    Try to focus on bringing your heel down, and keeping your leg under you.
        07-21-2009, 06:09 AM
    I would agree, pick you hands up a bit and bend your elbows, sit tall and look up and a head to where you want your horse to be going. Hands nice and stil to keep a soft contact on your horse mouth you don't want to use the horses head to balance you.

    Har to tell but in the third pic I want to say press your heels down but I can't really see i'm just going purely on the position of your calf. So I coudl be talking rubbish!

    Its so strange seeing it descibed as english to me its just riding!! Lol

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