Hi there! So i've been riding regularly for about 8 months now, before that it was a couple of lessons here and there in my childhood. I'm now 26 and totally hooked. I was just wondering if you could give me some critique on some pictures my partner managed to take on the weekend.
Probably not the right place to ask this questions but do you think i'm silly to want to get good enough to compete in dressage (Novice) at my age? Would I just be competing with lots of kids?
You looke just about where a person with your length of riding experience should be, or a bit better. The first thing that jumps out at me is that you have too much roll in your lower back. You need to get your seatbones pointed straight down and your back straighter, no butt pooches out behind you!
Close your hands around the reins. An open hand does not make for a soft hand, just a weak hand.
Your neck is nicely alinged over your shoulders, which are nicely rolled back without being overly strained.
All in all, doing great. I don't see why you would not compete in dressage now! Around here, the lower levels are full of oldfolks like me (54). But who cares how old the others are, just how well we do.
Thanks for your feedback! Yes a lot of things to work on, my hands are my biggest problem at the moment, somehow closing my hand comfortably doesn't come naturally, I might look into something I can hold for a few minutes each day.
Thanks for the encouragement, i've given myself a personal goal of age 35. If I can have accomplished a low level dressage test by age 35 i'll be happy :o)