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        12-13-2010, 01:22 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I show huntseat, and intro level dressage. I hope to jump eventually, but Rainy (the horse I'm riding) is only 5, and I'm waiting until she's at least 6 to get her trained for jumping.
         
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        12-13-2010, 01:28 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Only thing I really can see is that your hands are too far "in your lap". Put them forward a bit, in front of the saddle and maybe lift up a bit. I was taught to ride with my hands only a pinky's length above the withers so the height doesn't look that bad to me, but bring them forward a little.

    Your leg could come a bit farther back, but myself having a saddle where the leathers attach a bit farther forward (jumping saddle), I know it's a bit hard to do that when the saddle puts you in a different position.

    Your posting actually looks fine to me, I don't see anything about you plopping into the saddle, maybe a little towards the end you're sitting down a little heavier, but nowhere near plopping down. To my eye, at least, it looks like you're using your legs to lower yourself into the seat.

    The canter doesn't look all that bad either, I see a lot of riders that ride like that to go with the motion of the canter.
    I myself learned to go from belly/hips down to move with the canter, and I'll tell you right now it feels a whole lot more exaggerated than it looks when you do it that way.
         
        12-13-2010, 01:34 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Thank you for the critique.
    Seems the consensus is my hands need to come out of my lap, and my leg could go slightly back. :)
    I'm hopefully having a private lesson over Christmas break, so I'll both mention this to my trainer and have the lesson filmed so we can see improvements, if any.
         
        12-13-2010, 01:36 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Thanks. :) That made it easier to critique. I didn't want to go say this this and this are wrong, even though they could be right for the style of riding that you do. Lol

    Trotting-- If you were riding a dressage test, I think the posting you have would be fine (if you are allowed to post in intro level...?) but for hunt seat, you want just a *slight* lean forward. I think with the slight lean forward, it would put you back more onto your pubic bone then being on your butt. You have no contact with the horse and it looks like he is just plodding along instead of moving a bit more forward, because you aren't making him move on. (I think someone commented about you being a "pretty" rider, not an active rider, and this would be why). Your hands should be in front of you and several inches above the wither.

    Canter--This looks like a dressagey canter to me...butt in the saddle. If your stirrups were longer, it would be an ok canter for dressage, but again, it looks like you are just sitting there and not really making the canter go forward. You have more contact then you did when you were at the trot, but your hands are still too much in your lap... For hunt seat, you would want to be out of the saddle with more of a forward seat.
         
        12-13-2010, 01:49 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Thank you very much.
    I agree, I probably ride more dressage-style than huntseat, but that's because I really don't like the 'butt-in-the-air' style of huntseat that is shown in my area. Quite frankly, in my local open shows (I know, I know, peanuts compared to anything else), I've been placing 1st in my Eq classes. Now, I haven't gone on to ride in canter classes yet (she just plain wasn't ready this past summer), but I think for my area, the way I ride is okay. However, after high school I definitely want to move out of local open shows, and I know I have to conform to what is considered correct.

    Sorry for that long spiel, thanks for the critique! I probably should have explained what I ride from the start. Oops.
         
        12-13-2010, 02:03 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Theres a difference between being out of the saddle and having your butt in the air. When you have your butt out of the saddle, your upper body should just have a bit more forward position....but as soon as the back gets arched, that's when you get butt in the air. Keep your back straight and you wont get the butt in the air affect. I have a pic somewhere....let me find it. OK...see how I am slightly forward at the canter? Please excuse Bart's tippy toe looking thing, we were mid stride. I have my butt out of the saddle, with just brushing contact. I got two 4ths at this show in the Eq class, one over fences, one in flat. My worst placings ever in an Eq class.

    Also, look where my hands are....they are in front of me, and actually too low in this pic. They should be a little bit higher.

    A lot of the girls that I ride lessons with do the "snap" into and out of release thing, because that's what they think is right. I recently did a clinic and was the only person that was not told to change my body postion, other then being told for my heels to go down, but I had a huge knot in my calf and was having problems getting it worked out to have my heel go down.
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        12-13-2010, 02:05 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Your position was good exept your hands should b a little higher
         
        12-13-2010, 02:07 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Hm, I think I get what you mean.
    I'll see what I can do! Unfortunately, after going outside this morning and playing with my dog, my shoulder started hurting like crazy. I fell off about a week ago and landed on this shoulder, and thought I got away safe. Apparently not. So I probably won't be riding until next weekend at the earliest- my parents won't let me ride unless I'm 100%.
         
        12-13-2010, 07:10 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I would just like to add that keeping your hands low is NOT a reward for the horse as somebody mentioned above. This is a common misconception, and often I find myself making the mistake of dropping my hands too low to try to have "soft" hands. In fact, when your hands are too low, this is actually harsher on the horse's mouth as it pulls the bit down into their mouth. Something to keep in mind!

    One thing I see that has been mentioned is that your leg COULD come back a tad. It's almost in that perfect line but just a TINY bit off, which may cause instability in the posting trot?? Since it's off by so little, this may not be the case. Overall, you look like a very responsive, and lovely rider. I think you ride very nicely with your horse-what a nice match for you! Your shoulders and overall body position are almost text-book perfect, I'd say. Good work!

    Just a side note: be careful about shortening too much, often in shortening the stirrups it will bring the leg forward into a chairseat, not back underneath you.
         
        12-13-2010, 07:14 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I guess I should add that I'm critiquing more from a dressage point of view than from an over-fences point of view...
         

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