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post #1 of 10 Old 09-16-2013, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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Position Critique

Hey guys

I just thought I would ask for some "Constructive" Criticism on my position.
Please no nasty comments :)

I had a bad fall off a race horse a year ago and nearly ended up in a wheel chair so I have a few things to work on. The horse is a green 17.1hh Warmblood and is quite a big moving horse so I am doing my best :)

I can attach more photo's if needed :)
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-16-2013, 01:25 PM
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I would bring your shoulders back just a touch. Other than that, looks really nice! <3 Glad to hear you're recovering well.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-21-2013, 03:32 AM
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What Zexious said! You guys look lovely!!
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-21-2013, 12:53 PM
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Looking lovely! I have a tendency to hold my shoulders just like you - I find what helps me is by making circles with my shoulders backwards (so they're rolling up and toward your back, down and toward your front) - This also helps open your diaphragm and makes it easier to breath. Just doing that for a minute or so before your ride, maybe again if you feel yourself slipping.

Glad to hear you're recovering well :)
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-21-2013, 10:51 PM
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Looking lovely! I have a tendency to hold my shoulders just like you - I find what helps me is by making circles with my shoulders backwards (so they're rolling up and toward your back, down and toward your front) - This also helps open your diaphragm and makes it easier to breath. Just doing that for a minute or so before your ride, maybe again if you feel yourself slipping.

Glad to hear you're recovering well :)
This works wonders for me as well. Years of riding on my own gave me slouchy shoulders. Then I started Dressage & oh boy >.> Your leg looks like it's sucking up into you a tad (I do this as well). I'd like to see your legs stretched down around your horse a tad more. But looking good
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-22-2013, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys :)
yeah I know about my shoulders until my injury I never had shoulder issues, I damaged my neck and all the soft tissue around the top part of my spine and I really struggle with my strength at the moment.. I am improving though (It is doing my head in) These photos are about 2-3 months old so I am hoping I have improved since then.

Regarding my legs I also know I now and again "creep" up, it is a horrid habit that drives me insane lol... Riding track work for 2 years with very short stirrups didn't help at all... I have been back to no stirrup work to help my legs... It seems to be helping me :)

People say horse riding is not exercise (non horsey) haha they need a reality check.. I sure as hell am unfit at the moment cannot wait to get some fitness back!
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-22-2013, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry I forgot to add... Thank you for the tip PunksTank I will give that a go :)
Pre Injury Photo's :(

I am just glad to be back into it again.. I am riding my green broken 3 year old and have almost got all my confidence back.. How could I not go back to riding I just love it too much!
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-06-2014, 09:02 PM
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I agree with the shoulders though as you mentioned your injury can make that impossible. Maybe heels down a bit. Though that is a personal preference thing. You look a lot better then I ever will so keep doing what you are doing!
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-13-2014, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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I agree with the shoulders though as you mentioned your injury can make that impossible. Maybe heels down a bit. Though that is a personal preference thing. You look a lot better then I ever will so keep doing what you are doing!
Thanks :) This thread is so old! I have improved 100% and am really finding my strength again.
My 3 year old :)
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-14-2014, 09:35 PM
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Wow, What an improvement! Congratulations =) You look positively outstanding!

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