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  • stirrup length for flatwork

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    07-23-2014, 11:25 AM
Struggling with English (Video)

Kara's coming back into work after having a foal and we've been focusing on English but my body just can't figure it out. I'm not really asking for any contact as I need to focus on myself before I can really expect anything from her. I know a lot of my problems but appreciate any fresh views.

Thank you in advance.
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    07-23-2014, 12:46 PM
You aren't doing so badly. The mare is very downhill in build, and she isn't very energetic in her trot, so it's harder to post off her. You do better at the canter, but you must raise your hands. Keeping them down so low is a habit I see in a lot of WP riders, but it makes it impossible to have meaningful contact. I know you are not at that place yet, but it will help your seat too, to left them up, let your arm hang down alongside your ribcage, put a bit of bend in your elbow, and aim your thumbs at her bit, so theire's a line from elbow, thought hand/thumb to bit. Look up, too.

It'll get there, don't worry.
Oh, it's hard to see, but your stirrup might be a tad long.
    07-24-2014, 10:38 PM
I agree with your stirrups being long as well. Take them up a few notches perhaps. Typically, the right stirrup length for flat work is when the iron hits your ankle when you hang your legs down.

I think you have your body weight too far back when posting. Don't think so much of up and down as back and forth with your hips. I think you'll find the posting easier when you bring your stirrups up.

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