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post #11 of 23 Old 05-28-2012, 01:13 AM
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I don't know western all that well.. so bear with me.

I did take a peek and I liked what I saw.

You weren't stiff, you did have your legs a little far infront of you though but I think as you ride more, that will be easy to fix :) just muscle memory is all.

I liked how you were soft with your hands and didn't muddle your cues.

Sometimes you did lean back a little, so I'd like to see you using your abs to stay with his motion and to make transitions, half, etc.

But I like what I see... I want your sitting trot seat!!!!! :P Mine is a bit goofy haha!

Your arms kind of feel to me as if they don't know what to do.. sometimes they're spot on and following.. other times they're kind of hanging there. It's interesting :P

I have a similar thing going on too.. easy for me to forget what to do with my arms lol!
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post #12 of 23 Old 05-28-2012, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! :)

My hands were a bit of a mess: juggling long reins trying to keep aids definite and simple, so I got a bit mixed up at times. Good observation; I will keep it in mind!

As for my legs, I have two theories: One being that I am unsure as to my stirrup length's correctness. I have trouble determining long/short. The other theory is that Western saddles naturally throw a person into a bit of a chair seat, simply by design. This was the first or second time I had used this particular saddle, otherwise I have only ever ridden in my roping saddle before this video.

SO! Do you think my stirrup length has anything to do with this? If so, do you think I should have had them shorter, or longer?

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post #13 of 23 Old 05-28-2012, 01:31 AM
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I actually think the saddle may not have been level on the horse, since looking at your starting position, you are really far back on your jean pockets. Could be it wasn't padded as nicely as it could have been (remember I'm english so lol!)

Maybe the shape of the seat wasn't right for your body.

Maybe you just felt more comfortable on your pockets rather than seatbones which of course causes your legs to go out infront.

It's hard to tell since this is the first time I've seen you ride I think :P

I think you'd do better with the stirrups a hole shorter.. but they aren't too bad.

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post #14 of 23 Old 05-28-2012, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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I will concur that I am nice and cozy on my pockets there. As I mentioned earlier, I have worked extensively on sitting on my seat bones nice and tall since then, so we will see when I ride next (may be a few months out at least).

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Also curious as to my shoulder position, I have a tendency to slouch forward, and I am fairly certain this translates to my riding.

A note: I am entirely self taught, so I am curious how I am doing. I have been riding for 11 years on and off since my first horse in 2001.

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Shoulder position is good, if you wanted to have clearer aids you could push them back and down more to open up your chest more and your back would be straighter and the "noise" from your hands would probably stay down your legs. You'd get a deeper connection to the horse and be a little more balanced.

But there's a nice straight line from your shoulder to your hip. :) Just me nit picking since you asked
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Great! Thank you! :) Will see if I can find photos somewhere for another critique later.

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Found a horrible photo. I know several things are wrong here, like her hackamore being way too big (owner had me riding her in it), my lack of boots, and a halter hanging off the saddle. This was an impromptu shoot, testing owner's camera.

Here is one of us working on side passing:

So obvious faults aside, what can you say about our form? This girl is a 5 year old Quarter Horse mare named Lass. Gorgeous mover with tons of potential.

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post #20 of 23 Old 05-28-2012, 02:40 AM
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Wonderful form. Your hands are working with the mare and your position is great.

Notice your lower leg though.. the fender is at an angle, meaning your lower leg is stretching it forward.

So in that case, it would be a sign that your lower leg needs some work. Maybe it would benefit you to look at this video. I realize it's English but the stretches are awesome for position.
How To Practice Your Classical Seat In Horseback Riding - YouTube

I can see in the second picture she's aware of your seat bones (your slight tilt matches her tilt of her hips)

You can see that the saddle isn't level again.. very downhill on her back which is probably not good for your position again.

Very tolerant mare though, and yes oodles of potential talent.
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