Heels down. Thumbs up. Go up a hole? I say go down a hole. Basically in dressage I belive is a long stirrup not a short stirrup. I say that saddle is wayy to small for you. So maybe selling that saddle to get a saddle that is more suited to help you find a good Dressage saddle.
The wintec dressage saddles are very comfy and have a nice posistion,
Also you need to bend with your elbow,
umm I would like to seee shoulders back as well not bent down so much and grabbing onto his mouth.
Hes a very cute gelding I wish yall very much good luck :)
I've actually been looking into the wintecs pretty closely in my saddle hunting. I got very lucky that the saddle in the pics is working as well as it is... back when I was stupider than I am now I ordered the thing off ebay and hoped it fit my last horse... It doesn't seem to be hurting
Scout, the sweat marks are even and all that, but there could definitely be a better fit out there for both of us.
Thanks for taking the time to reply!
i would not be going up a hole, definitely down 1 or 2! i love that your looking up and not down at your horse.
things i notice is you need to bring your elbows into to your side and bend them a bit. close your hands and thumbs on top. it does look like you are behind the movement and you are leaning forward in the trot to compensate. keep you back up and straight and rise from your knees and move your hips.
My thinking in perhaps raising the stirrups was to match the design of the saddle a bit more, and maybe cut down on the amount of fighting that I'm doing for my leg and back position, and just ride "dressage" in more of a jumping position until I find a better saddle? I'll try dropping them down a hole of two next time and see how it goes!
Could you elaborate a little more on "behind the motion"? I've heard the term before, but how might I start to fix that? Is my being behind the motion a product of my poor position, or a problem with my posting in general? I wish I could post videos... alas, no camera!
Thanks for commenting on how I'm looking up! This was another problem that I've been working hard at beating. I'm finally starting to cultivate a good habit! Woot!
First of all I would like to say how refreshing it is to see someone smiling while they are riding, you guys look like you are having fun!
Your back looks a littl hollow in some of the pics, I think this stems from not having enough weight in your heels and not sitting deeply enough in the saddle. This will sound really strange but next time you sit in your saddle, put you hands underneath your butt, between your butt and the seat of the saddle. You should be able to feel your 'butt bones' (told you this would sound strange, they are at the bottom of your pelvis). Then take your hands away and sit in the saddle again, you should be able to feel these bones in contact with the saddle - guaranteed deep seat! Your shoulders will roll back unconciously as a result and your heels will drop in order to support your weight.
Try it, it really works!
Thanks so much for the suggestion! I'll have to try that!
I've been told that I "go defensive" when I ride, collapsing back onto my pockets and through my chest. I mentally know I'm less stable when I do it... and it takes pics of my riding to remind me to think about what I'm doing sometimes. I think I'm really due for a lungeline lesson. I'll definitely try your suggestions! The weirder they are, the less I have to work to remember to do it in the saddle!
Thanks so much all for taking the time to reply!