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post #1 of 4 Old 06-05-2013, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Position critique?

This is my 5th time riding Misti. She saw something outside (people driving drafts) so we just sat there and watched.

Are my stirrups too long/short? My heels aren't down as I was just sitting there, and the same with the reins. I will get a good video tomorrow to post but this is the only photo my mom took today.

Any critique/advice welcome!

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-05-2013, 11:02 PM
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It depends on your style of riding. Your stirrup looks nice and long enough, but if you are doing half seat riding, it should be a bit shorter.

Roll your shoulders back and down and really have a nice soft bend through your elbow. Turn your wrist so that there isn't a break between your forearm and your hand.

Hands up just a little, they should hover over her wither but no farther back than the pommel of the saddle.

I feel you should tilt your pelvis more to face upwards so it's more of a driving seat so that you don't have such a large dip in your back.

Your head seems to be craning/reaching forward. Relax and make sure it is square over your shoulders.

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post #3 of 4 Old 06-07-2013, 11:38 AM
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Your stirrups are perfect for a dressage saddle, but with a saddle like this once, it is better to shorten them. You can't get any support from this saddle when your stirrups are this long. Do you have any riding pics?
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-07-2013, 12:00 PM
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it's kind of hard to critique a person who is static, like that. even a shot of you riding at a slow walk would be better.

the overall impression is that you are a bit slumped. not that you should tense up, but don't let your shoulders roll forward.

really cute horse and I get the feeling that you and she are a good match.

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