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        06-23-2013, 11:03 AM
    Exsistentialpony - So glad I got it right! Will definitely work more on her today, while trying to keep myself looking decent, haha. I'm not very good at multitasking - hence the working on one part at a time. The next part is going to be using my calves.. This should be fun. I was taught to use my calves for speed, meaning no contact until asking to go faster. She's pretty smart, though, so I'm guessing she'll catch on relatively quickly.

    Tinyliny - That's the plan! Actually, getting boots/breeches within the next couple of weeks, then hopefully back to lessons! I'm probably going to have to wait a little while to get a new saddle. My question to you is, do I go ahead and get a dressage saddle or should I just get an AP for now?

    Becca93 - Yes, I did get an awesome critique! So happy I came here. Thank you, I try my hardest!

    Thanks so much! I'm thinking that I'm going to keep posting pictures here for awhile, at least until y'all get tired of me.. I hope you don't mind!
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        06-23-2013, 04:43 PM
    Green Broke
    You are doing very well. How long have you been at it? You look like you are doin a ton better than me!
        06-23-2013, 05:40 PM
    Thank you! I had my first lesson at the very beginning of the year; I want to say February-ish. From there, it's been on and off because of barrel racing. This is the first month that I am seriously looking to improve and wanting to pick a discipline!

    ETA: Yeah, I doubt that! You're doing pretty good, too!
        06-23-2013, 06:34 PM
    Hehehe Tiny said exactly what I've been trying not to say this whole time about trying dressage, because I'm biased! I switched from Western to English at the beginning of this year (I'd ridden English before, but it was a loooong time ago and I rode jumpers) and was immediately drawn to dressage because I wanted to learn how to be more correct, and how to help my horse use his body more correctly and efficiently. I really love it! Everyone told me to just invest in a dressage saddle, but I bought a cheap AP first... then ended up buying a dressage saddle anyway. I'd say go for a dressage saddle when you can. I only use my AP for showing hunter pleasure.
        06-23-2013, 06:39 PM
    The problem with only using your calves for speed is that you'll find it quite hard to post without your leg bouncing around, or sit the trot without your leg bouncing forward on every stride. The contact between your leg and the horse is just enough to keep your position (think about hugging the horse's barrel with your legs, not so much squeezing), but your leg will have all sorts of new purpose as you learn more about English. :) I'm excited for you! I think you'll do really great.
        06-23-2013, 07:02 PM
    Haha that's super exciting for me! Out of all of the english disciplines, I have always liked dressage the best, and I knew that if I ever switched that's what I was going to try first. I'm definitely going for a dressage saddle, then!

    I figured that right out from the start! Now, my lower leg stays pretty still, but it took awhile! It still moves with her motion, but not from me moving it. I wondered how other people kept their lower legs so still - now I understand why! Probably going to have to hang up my bumper spurs for awhile. Don't want to accidentally catch her with one of them.

    I'm excited for our ride tonight, 1 more hour to go until it's cool enough!
        06-23-2013, 07:05 PM
    Originally Posted by BarrelBunny    
    I'm excited for our ride tonight, 1 more hour to go until it's cool enough!
    Ha! I'm in the same boat... waiting around until it drops below 100F...
        06-23-2013, 07:16 PM
    I think it was 99F here today.. Supposed to be 100F+ later in the week. Plus, my aunt is dropping off one of her geldings for me to tune up. *sighs* Looks like I'm going to be up at the crack of dawn every morning to ride him, and riding my mare in the evenings. Yay me!
        06-23-2013, 07:35 PM
    In the first post, look at your back in the first photo (when you started) and now look at the other photos.

    You are holding a LOT of tension in the recent photos, sticking your but out, and leaning forward.

    If you sort that out, I find you will have a nicer ride.

    Your hands are actually nearly perfect. Look at the line from the bit through the rein to your hands. It's almost straight, which is what you want.. not super high up. So I'd say your hands are probably the best aspect of your riding so far.

    I think you have your stirrups too short. The one picture you look "annoyed" is actually a very nice length. Now if you were to start jumping higher up, you'd probably have the stirrups shortened 2 holes max.

    Make sure your neck stays over your shoulders, not swanning out. The human head weighs a LOT so if it's jutting out lik that you will be out of balance, which will affect your horse.


    Now looking at the updated posting.. beautiful :) Much much better!
        06-23-2013, 09:54 PM
    I definitely knew that I had tension, pointed that right out! *does happy dance* I was told that my hands were too low (the very first picture) so from there, I picked them up a bit. Glad I at least got that part right! What do you think about my stirrup length in these pictures? They feel about right, but then what do I know? Haha. Didn't even notice my head sticking out - I remind myself of an ostrich (lol!).

    Alright, on to pictures! I was trying *very hard* to keep my calves touching her along with everything else we've been working on.
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    In this one, I was more focused on her, I think, and I let myself slip a bit. -Maybe I was adjusting my reins? Dunno.
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    She wasn't too happy that she had to move out a bit tonight, haha. Lazy girl.

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