Originally Posted by horseluver2435 View Post
I recognize I wasn't taking a whole lot of contact in these videos- I'm not entirely sure why, usually I do take much more.
With my hands, I'll work on bringing them up. How high should they be?
Can you explain what you mean by 'flopping on your butt'? I guess I'll work on posting forward, I used to have a problem with that, maybe I've relapsed into my old ways.
As for looking 'forced' I can honestly say I don't feel like I'm forcing anything when I ride, though it may look like it. I guess I'll work on that as well, but I've found the more I try to look nice, the worse I look, so I usually am just riding as naturally as possible for me.
When you say I'm just sitting there, I'm sorry, but I'm really not. I may not be a fantastic rider, but I try very hard to make myself and my horse ride correctly, and I am not just sitting there. How can I change my look so I appear to be an active rider?
EDIT: Just remembered, I have shortened my stirrups since this video (this was a month ago), one hole up. I'll try to get more recent videos.
Sonnygrl: Thanks for the defense, but I'm perfectly fine with admitting I'm less than excellent. (Really, I'm a far far far far far far far far far cry) I'm actually in an all purpose saddle, and yes, I have wondered if my leg needs to come farther back. I'll definitely work on that- any suggestions how?
I'm sorry if it came across as me saying that you are a bad rider. I think you look really nice and you have a nice position. You have a steady leg, and a nice seat.
It looks like to me, that you just that...a pretty rider. I'm just going by what I see in the video. I think it's how low your hands are that is throwing me off.
You should have straight line from elbow to bit. Your elbows should be bent. Your arms are straight and planted on the horses withers. There is a preference of where to put your hands. I was always taught to keep my hands up so the bit is correctly positioned in the horses mouth.
If you hands are too low, it's kind of like a reward for your horse, because you don't have the correct contact, if any contact at all. Same with if your hands are too high, high hands makes the horse shorten it's stride and positions the bit high in their mouth. Having your hands up high is beneficial if you are jumping. That way you can shorten and length the stride when needed.
I also just think your trot is too straight. You are posting up and down instead of leaning a little more forward. Since you are moving up and down, it looks like you are sitting on your butt more than on your crotch.
Hope I explained myself well enough.