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    05-25-2012, 02:56 PM
Riding/Horse Critique

SO I actually got on today! Woo hoo! I was wondering if you all had some suggestions for me. I know I need to sit up straighter, but I have a neck condition that doesn't allow me to bring my neck over my shoulders. (Riding is actually my therapy for it :) ). I have only had this horse for a little over a month now. She is an 8 yo OTTB.
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    05-26-2012, 02:58 AM
I like your equitation. I'd like to see a little more elasticity in your arms/elbows, and to back your foot out of your stirrup just a bit. But otherwise, I like that you look light yet secure in your saddle. Your horse looks to have lovely movement.
    05-26-2012, 06:52 AM
Chin up a little more, sit up a little taller, don't drop your hands with thumbs inward, have thumbs on top and a gentle give in your elbows.

Practice in 2 point to work on getting those legs underneath you more.

Lovely turn out :)
    05-27-2012, 12:33 AM
I think you are looking fairly good. I have the same problem with my hands turning inwards too. My instructor keeps telling me to pretend that you are holding two wine glasses and that you don't want to spill a drop!
    05-27-2012, 01:09 AM
I think all in all , you are doing well. Like me, you have short legs, and it can be hard to get them 'under" you, but because I can see the bottom of your boot clearly, it tells me that you are pushing too much forward with your foot, rather than downward with your heel. Think of your heel as aiming toward the horse's back feet, and think of your heel as going not TO your stirrup, but right past it. Practice resting your foot on the stirrup bed, reckognizing the amount of pressure you have on the ball of your foot, then thinking aobut your heel going PAST the stirrup, toward the ground Without any increase in pressure on the ball of your foot.
All this will help you to ride more independently from the rein. I can see that you may be leaning just a bit on the rein because the horse is leaning on the rein.
Notice that his back foot is leaving the ground before her front in the diagonal that is pushing off from the ground. This indicate the horse is pretty much on the forehand.

I know, you are just getting back into it, and this is nitpicking, but just thought I'd share all that I see. You will be a really lovely pair with that horse!
    05-30-2012, 09:17 AM
Thanks all!!! I will work on everything you suggested. I am riding today and my friend said she would take pictures and hopefully a video :) I'll keep you posted.
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    06-03-2012, 08:59 PM
Hands down! You want them to be a couple inches above your horses neck :)
    06-08-2012, 12:53 PM
I also ride with my hands a bit more forward..

And it seems from the photo that you're turning your toe inward? It may just be my view of the photo
    06-08-2012, 09:57 PM
Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks    
Hands down! You want them to be a couple inches above your horses neck :)

I disagree. Her line from elbow to bit is perfect. If she lowers her hands, it will break the line. While, yes, it is typical for hands to be just above the neck, not all body types are the same. In the OPs case, what she is doing is mechanically correct.

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