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        06-23-2013, 10:22 PM
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    Originally Posted by BarrelBunny    
    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.
    I definitely like your horse in the second picture more. She looks a lot more relaxed and nicely moving than the first one.. where she seems tense against your hands and stiff in her neck slightly.

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    The thing about stirrup length is it has to be comfortable for you. Where it is now is good for where you are at. Depending on what you're doing, they could go longer or a hole shorter. You seem to be finding harmony with her so I wouldn't worry about that but moreso keeping your back softly relaxed and not leaning forward too much.
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        06-23-2013, 11:17 PM
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    I agree, she seems a ton more relaxed in the second picture, which is why I posted it. As for my stirrups, I played around with the length, and found that this is comfortable for me. I was just wondering if they were supposed to be up/down. I will definitely work more on relaxing. It's kind of hard because my saddle is a bit too big and my bottom slides back where it should be, but my feet want to stay where they would be if I was that big. (Did that even make any sense?) I've been working to try and compromise between the two and meet in the middle. So far that's just making me tense, my upper body especially. Hopefully I will be able to get a new saddle that fits me! Unfortunately, there aren't any english places around here (I'm in MAJOR cowboy territory), so I had to buy this one off of the 'net. They said it was a 16.5", but really, it's a 17".
         
        06-23-2013, 11:39 PM
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    Videos? It would be so much more helpful.
    I had to ship my saddle across two provinces! I know how you feel!
         
        06-23-2013, 11:47 PM
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    I agree, she seems a ton more relaxed in the second picture, which is why I posted it. As for my stirrups, I played around with the length, and found that this is comfortable for me. I was just wondering if they were supposed to be up/down. I will definitely work more on relaxing. It's kind of hard because my saddle is a bit too big and my bottom slides back where it should be, but my feet want to stay where they would be if I was that big. (Did that even make any sense?) I've been working to try and compromise between the two and meet in the middle. So far that's just making me tense, my upper body especially. Hopefully I will be able to get a new saddle that fits me! Unfortunately, there aren't any english places around here (I'm in MAJOR cowboy territory), so I had to buy this one off of the 'net. They said it was a 16.5", but really, it's a 17".
    Something you can do to help with relaxing is take your feet out of the stirrups (at a walk) and stretch your toes down, then up. Focus on sinking your seat bones into the saddle.

    If you feel really brave, flex your leg at the knee and bring your ankle up towards the cantle of your saddle. Reach down, grab your ankle and hold it up so your knee is pointing down. Sit up tall and sink into the saddle as the horse continues to walk on.

    What this does, is it shows you that the ONLY things you need to stay on the horse, are your seatbones. Not your hands nor your legs.

    To release your leg, do so slowly so you don't kick your horse.

    I feel once you relax.. everything will just snap right into place :)

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    I wish my spare saddle was smaller because I'd send it over.. but it's 17" as well :/
         
        06-24-2013, 12:22 AM
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    I think a 17" fits you just fine. What brand is your saddle? It looks like an older off brand
         
        06-24-2013, 12:30 PM
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    Yearling
    Sorry, I can't upload videos, but oh, how I wish I could! Our internet is a ******ed broadband thing. I have to plug it into the computer - it's awful! I can't watch or upload videos off of here! ...But maybe I could try off of my phone?! I never thought about that.. I'll try!

    Thanks, Sky! I will definitely try that! I feel pretty safe on this mare - she was my first horse. I've been with her for 8 years now!

    It is pretty big for me. My western saddle is a 14.5" if that makes a difference, haha. This saddle is a Blue Ridge, apparently. I got it for $100 with fittings, so it's pretty cheap, but it fits her, and that's really all I was looking for.
         
        06-24-2013, 01:46 PM
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    Yearling
    Ugh! I'm so jealous of your heels. Your entire leg position actually!
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        06-24-2013, 06:56 PM
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    Ugh! I'm so jealous of your heels. Your entire leg position actually!
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    Haha thank you!
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        06-24-2013, 10:34 PM
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    Yearling
    Sorry about tonight's picture.. I'm going to need to move that barrel again. Anyhoo, tonight I was tired before I went to ride, and let my seat get a little bit away from me, but, I felt super relaxed for once! I think tomorrow will be much better. I really wish I had someone on the ground to coach me through it, going to have to get my mom out to "take pictures." Pretty sure this is just going to take time for me to get used to, then one day it will just click - well, at least that's what I'm hoping for!
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        06-24-2013, 10:42 PM
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    Lovely position, it sure shows that you were relaxed!! :) Just make sure your hands are nice and supportive by being more upright with thumb ontop and not turning into flat stiff hands.
         

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