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    04-12-2009, 07:08 PM
  #1
Foal
Smile Riding Critique?

These are some pictures of me riding recently. Just wondering if anyone had some CONSTRUCTIVE critisism for me?



This one doesn't look 3ft. But it is :) I think it's just the angle of the shot.






I think my main thing is my release, I have REALLY long arms, but for some reason I have an issue with stretching them out to give a good release. It isn't to big an problem with my current horse, because he has a short neck and the little release I give is enough, but horses with longer necks I have a hard time releaseing on.

If you see anything else that I should work on please tell me :)
     
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    04-12-2009, 08:11 PM
  #2
Foal
You look good overall however there are some things you can improve on (who doesnt?) I would go up a large hole in your stirrups to make more of an angle for your leg. In both pictures you look like you've been, well not left behind, but struggling to get off of his/her back.
In the 1st picture your back looks nice although a little too arched. Your release looks good though.
In the 2nd picture you look good overall. Like I said before, shorten your stirrup a hole and I think your leg position will work better. Also keep your elbows in, you don't want chicken wings
I really like your horse by the way! How old is he? Are you planing on showing at all this year?
     
    04-12-2009, 08:34 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by juju    
You look good overall however there are some things you can improve on (who doesnt?) I would go up a large hole in your stirrups to make more of an angle for your leg. In both pictures you look like you've been, well not left behind, but struggling to get off of his/her back.
In the 1st picture your back looks nice although a little too arched. Your release looks good though.
In the 2nd picture you look good overall. Like I said before, shorten your stirrup a hole and I think your leg position will work better. Also keep your elbows in, you don't want chicken wings
I really like your horse by the way! How old is he? Are you planing on showing at all this year?
Thanks :) Yeah I normally don't get "left behind" but I have trouble getting out of the saddle completely, and my arched back is a habit I have always had lol xD

My horse is a 9y/o Quarter Horse He had colic surgery *cringe* in January, because of a genetic thingy (he showed NO colic symptoms, it was really wierd), but anyways yes I plan on showing him this summer 2'3 or 2'6 depending on how quickly he gets back in shape :)
     
    04-13-2009, 07:31 AM
  #4
Banned
The only thing I see is that when the horse goee over the jump you are just leaning forward in the saddle, you should be out of the saddle and leaning forward. But I saw what you wrote on how you have trouble getting out of the saddle. That is probably because you have weak knees. Ride around on your horse in the 2 point, and if you have stairs at home go up and down them in the 2 point. That is what I do to get my knees stronger:)
     
    04-13-2009, 10:44 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by morganshow11    
The only thing I see is that when the horse goee over the jump you are just leaning forward in the saddle, you should be out of the saddle and leaning forward. But I saw what you wrote on how you have trouble getting out of the saddle. That is probably because you have weak knees. Ride around on your horse in the 2 point, and if you have stairs at home go up and down them in the 2 point. That is what I do to get my knees stronger:)
Thanks...I'll have to try that :)
     
    04-13-2009, 04:00 PM
  #6
Foal
REMEMBER: toes up heels down.!! Not being mean don't worry I do it all the time when I ride!.
     
    04-13-2009, 05:08 PM
  #7
Started
I actually think her heels are pretty well down, it's just her toes that are turned out a bit...

But I could be wrong. Lol, this isn't really my forte.
     
    04-19-2009, 09:41 PM
  #8
Weanling
You can try closing your hip angle a touch.
     
    04-20-2009, 01:25 AM
  #9
Foal
In the last picture your toes look a little bit like they are pointing outwards... maybe just bring them in a litle bit
Also try raising your hands a little bit, it looks alot like your resting them on the horses neck
Your a nice little rider though
     
    04-21-2009, 11:24 PM
  #10
Trained


You look fabulous here :) I love where your leg is, your seat is exact dead center over the saddle which is where it should be. Your seat is low to your tack, and you have clearly allowed your horse to lift you out of your tack, instead of you thrusting yourself forward and out, which is wonderful.

Your hip angle is perfect. You are not to close the angle for your horse, your horse is to close the angle for you. You aren't going over big fences and your horse doesn't have a huge apex of a jump - so your hip angle is exactly where it should be.




Here, things kinda fell apart. I can see your head in the upward position...but your eyes are looking down..lol

You know that fence is there. Your horse knows that fence is there - so why are you focusing on it? Ride your horse, not the fence.

So what happened, is that you anticipated the fence, you stopped riding all together *you leg go of your lower leg* you pinched your knees, and everything went to put from there. Your lower leg flung back, and your upper body flung forward.

So - when you are approaching the fence, remember to focus on your horse - what is under you, the most important factor to the situation. Get your leg to the girth, open your knees and get your inner calf at your horses side *remember, we are around our horse, not ontop* and focus on where you are in the saddle. Allow your heels to do their job, which is anchor you in your tack.

Work on focusing on your horses rhythm, focus on riding a strait line to the base of the fence, and sit and wait. Where's your leg, where's your heel, where's your seat, where's your upper body - sit and wait and allow your horse to do his job.

Other than that, you look great :) Your hip angle is just as it should be, but try to push your toosh back.

As Dorothy Crowell says in her clinics I've ridden under her *4 star rolex eventer and representative in the olympics* Push your Ta'Ta's OUT and push your Toosh Back.

So in this picture, I'd like to see your knees opened, calf at horses girth, heels deep and seat pushed back.
     

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