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        11-09-2010, 08:15 PM
      #11
    Trained
    In ther firts video, your stirrups are a little too short. Maybe that is why you have trouble keeping your heels down.
    Good luck

    Oh woops, didnt reaad that someoen else said this as well sozzy lol
         
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        11-10-2010, 11:43 AM
      #12
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    Originally Posted by RandomHorsey    
    My trainer says my sturrips have to be that short cause I lose them all the time.
    That's just an excuse. The reason you would keep losing your stirrups is because you aren't keeping your heels down and letting your weight sink through your legs and into your heels. In the videos you can see that you have absolutely no weight through your heels and as you mentioned yourself, you have a hard time keeping the stirrup on the balls of your foot. Yes, your stirrups should be shorter for jumping but not used as a way to keep you from losing your stirrups. If I was your trainer, I would spend much more time on flatwork and two point in order to help you distribute your weight through your legs and into your heels. You need to have a good foundation before you move up in jumping height. If you don't have the basics down good, it will all fall apart as the jumps get higher.

    Another thing I noticed in the videos is that you really thrust your upper body around at the canter. Concentrate on keeping your upper body tall and letting your hips, seat, and upper legs absorb your pony's movements. Practicing with no stirrups can also help this as you really have to rely on your muscles and balance within to keep a steady position and flowing with your horse.

    I honestly think your stirrups are causing you a bunch of problems!

    On the other hand, you were doing a great job of looking up where you were going and making that pony go when he broke into a trot! Hard work and going back to the basics will really open of the possibilities for you two and boost your confidence.
         
        11-10-2010, 08:13 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Really it is not an excuse My trainer would NEVER let me suggest any of ythe above ^. She is quite strick and the only horse I have to practisce on is my mare and there(at the boarding stables) is no arena or pen and she hates when we ride on her grass so.....
         
        11-10-2010, 08:48 PM
      #14
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by RandomHorsey    
    Once again thanks! Lol My trainer says my sturrips have to be that short cause I lose them all the time. She also sas my seat is ok but ill take your advice :)
    I hear this alot from some trainers, but it is not true. Actually, making your stirrups longer will help you keep them!

    If your trainer won't let you ask about making some changes, then "accidently" let your feet out of the stirrups & make the horse keep going, so you can ride a bit with a nice long leg
         
        11-10-2010, 09:45 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Your foot is too far into your stirrup, and I'm guessing, by the two vids, they are like that often. This can cause the issues with your unstable legs, simply because you can't use your heel to anchor you down into the saddle.

    Especially if you are working at jumping, your stirrup height isn't all that drastic, but you really need to work at stabilizing your legs. I know, because that is my biggest flaw when riding english!!!
         
        11-11-2010, 04:26 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by RandomHorsey    
    Really it is not an excuse My trainer would NEVER let me suggest any of ythe above ^. She is quite strick and the only horse I have to practisce on is my mare and there(at the boarding stables) is no arena or pen and she hates when we ride on her grass so.....
    That's okay if your mare is the only one to practice on. I only had my mare to practice on because she was all I had and didn't have the opportunity to ride other horses. When you say she would never let you "suggest any of the above", do you mean you can't ask her to try something different? There is nothing wrong at all with practicing two point as it is a proven method to help stabilize your leg and sink your weight through your heels. As far as working with no stirrups, if your trainer would feel better about it, have her lunge you and your mare on the lunge line and practice no stirrups there. If it was me, I would do whatever I pleased on my horse. Now, if you are boarding your horse, there probably are a lot of rules on what you can and can't do on her property. I also understand and respect that during a lesson, you should for the most part go along with what your trainer is teaching you. But I do not think students should not be obliged to ask questions or suggest something. That is inhibiting their learning ability. Maybe ask your trainer if she wouldn't mind spending a few lessons on going back to the basics? Unless she is very uptight, she shouldn't have a problem with this since it is much easier you working on the flat than setting up a whole bunch of jumps. :)
         
        11-11-2010, 07:31 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    First of all, don't get discouraged! You have (wisely) chosen a craft that takes YEARS of practice and study. Keep in mind that your development will take much more time than any other sport. I also think you look great! I would work on learning to effectively use your core (abs), which will help keep you from falling forward. I agree with the post that your legs look a bit tight but that will go away once you get your heals down and position correct. Also, I'm sure you don't want to hear this, but I would take more dressage lessons and focus less on jumping. Jumping is great but you can tell when a jumper hasn't worked on their dressage. Once the dressage is down, the jumping will be much easier. Just my opinion! Good luck! =)
         
        11-11-2010, 08:53 PM
      #18
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    Originally Posted by Shasta1981    
    First of all, don't get discouraged! You have (wisely) chosen a craft that takes YEARS of practice and study. Keep in mind that your development will take much more time than any other sport. I also think you look great! I would work on learning to effectively use your core (abs), which will help keep you from falling forward. I agree with the post that your legs look a bit tight but that will go away once you get your heals down and position correct. Also, I'm sure you don't want to hear this, but I would take more dressage lessons and focus less on jumping. Jumping is great but you can tell when a jumper hasn't worked on their dressage. Once the dressage is down, the jumping will be much easier. Just my opinion! Good luck! =)
    I concur! :)
         
        11-13-2010, 10:49 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    After all, jumping is just dressage with speed bumps. :)
         
        11-14-2010, 07:28 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Thanks guys! Just for future notice I don't board my mare at the rididng stable I board her at another(no trainer)
         

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