Hey guys! Fudge and I had a recent 4-h show and my mom got 2 good pictures one is a lot better because you can see more but please critique him and my riding! I will post more pictures of this show soon as soon as my friend uploads them. And I do know my hands are icky here! But thanks and be honest we always are improving! Xoxo -Fudge and Morgan fudgey.jpg
Nothing icky about your hands, in either photo. The only thing I could see is that you appear to have your lower leg rolled outward a bit, putting more of the back of your calf on Fudge, instead of the side of the calf. It puts your toes facing outward and brings the knee a bit off the saddle. It's really pretty minor here, but it's the only thing that I see that could be improved on your position.
I especially like in the first photo how nicely bent to the inside Fudge is. His jaw is twirled nicel to the inside, but there is not rotation of his head (which would make his long nose less than perfectly vertical). This is good. He looks relaxed and willing. Nice pair!
The three biggest things that I notice is; your hands, your leg, and your seat.
Your hands are tilted, basically your thumbs need to be facing up. I used to have this problem but my coach fixed it by every lesson that she noticed it I would have to ride with a crop horizaltaly balanced under my thumbs. It sucked but it worked. :P
Now your leg is a but twirled this results in your toes out and and your heels possibly digging into Fudge (depending on how much presure you are giving him). To fix that just twist your leg back in so your toes aren't sticking out.
This one it is hard to tell what is happening because the pictures aren't focused in that area. So it kinda looks like your saddle is too small, although im pretty sure you would know if the saddle is to small for you. If it is not to small for you then it must be that you are sitting to far back in the saddle. All you have to do is sit more in the centre of the saddle.
He looks nice and soft on the bit and like he's listening for your next signal.
It looks like you do what I tend to do with my legs, my instructor has said to me if someone whipped your horse out from underneath you, you should land stood on the ground! If possible you need to turn your hips in, so the inside of your thigh is resting on the saddle, which in turn will make your toes point forward :) I still have to consciously do it a lot when riding - it feels really weird at first - but makes your seat aids much more effective :)
Thanks guys for all the help! And yes I know about my leg problem haha(: and no my saddle fits and actually I have a tendancy to lean forward so its probably just the angle thanks again everyone and he is great!