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post #31 of 51 Old 08-06-2013, 04:21 PM
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I opened this thread and saw the pics of the OP and thought, 'oh how lovely!' Then I read a post suggesting her to lose weight. RIDICULOUS
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I LOOOOOOOOOVE this photo. Ya'll are incredibly cute together... OMG..

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post #33 of 51 Old 08-06-2013, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
You are an excellent rider and your horse is very talented. He looks like he would jump anything for you that you decide to put in his path. The two of you could really advance.
I hate to write this but I would suggest...gulp...that you lose about 12-15 pounds. Take a full year to do this, so it's healthy. Your weight is fine for lower amateur, but I could see this as the only impediment to competing in upper levels. The people you will compete with at the higher levels are lean, mean, fighting machines, and the judges may mark you down in Dressage.
Rude. Just sayin'....
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post #34 of 51 Old 08-06-2013, 04:41 PM
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Aaaaaaaaaaaand since we are quoting George Morris *for the good of the OP* ... here's one of my favorites -- just for the OP:

"Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you." ~George Morris
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Oh gosh this is not even CLOSE to IRL cattiness at an FEI2* or 3* level.
Hope you are prepared OP!! You seem to be able to brush it off well. Piece of advice if you are looking to go higher in sport - get a good relationship with a sport psychologist going NOW. Not when you are considering leaving the sport. Develop a really great support system - you will need it!!

Anyways - about the jumping the only thing is maybe angle your stirrup a bit more so you can still have enough foot in the stirrup - but just to flex your ankle down a bit more.

In the dressage - I really would like to see more pictures before judging, but I really don't like how your saddle fits you - the balance is really too far forward, and the panels are forcing you off the horse's back. I much prefer the fit of your CC and would suggest you ride the dressage phase in that saddle until you can find a well fitting dressage saddle.
Also imagine that you are setting up for a jump in the dressage - hands together and down, seat pushing to the base of the fence and legs pressing down without gripping with the knee. I'd really like to see a video before getting very specific but IMO that looks to be your weakest phase.

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post #36 of 51 Old 08-06-2013, 05:53 PM
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I'm just gonna laugh off the catty stabs. Again, I am REALLY impressed with this rider and she can wear her feelings on her sleeve or not. We all post on this part of the forum for pats on the back. Sometimes I read some very good advice, as Anabel has posted, and the OP will be grateful. Most often people don't want any constructive criticism, just ooh's and ahh's.
You all have beat my comments up, and I continue to find good things to post about the OP. I love how she is jumping x-country with her stirrups home to stick the saddle, in case I didn't mention that one.
I was speaking as a coach might. If you were aspiring to compete at high levels, which IMHO the OP could do with THIS horse, and there was something that was preventing you from the ribbons, you might want to know this. Do you all never watch those up-close-and-personal Olympic athlete stories every 4 years? I DO. There is always great sacrifice for the payoff, and often these athletes push beyond what each thinks he or she is capable of doing.
"Talent" is a term originally meaning a coin used in trade. Having "talents" indicated wealth through hard work. I used the word, "talent" to mean that the OP has worked very hard in her sport.
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is a very good example of hard work, and I'm sure that the OP would agree. She still rides and has competed for over 40 years, and is a good example of "talent."
If you remember a member of the US 1994 figure skating team, Tonya Harding, was a talented skater, on the Olympic Team and she won the US championship just prior to it . Although she finished I believe in the top 4, this woman never made anything of herself.
Much of sport is a mind game. I hope that the OP will not suffer the "Over 18yo burn out."

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Still, stating she needs to lose weight to succeed in the show ring is just outright ridiculous. This is exactly why I have been hospitalized for an ED after having one for 8 years and know 6 people who are currently suffering from one. Just sad, imo. Even if OP gained 5 pounds, theres no way her riding skills would decrease.
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post #38 of 51 Old 08-06-2013, 08:22 PM
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The OP is obviously in good enough physical condition to ride her her horse as well as she does.
And, I have a feeling, the OP is in excellent physical condition to accomplish her excellent form.

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Corporal, you have made this post about yourself enough times. But please, do not now turn this in to 'you're all picking on me:('

My mother taught me that if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

The ONLY part of your crit people have been, and quite rightly so, unamused about is where you, an adult, have told a young adult over the internet that they need to lose weight. This is, as far as my understanding, the horse riding critique section. I don't recall the last time anyone asked for weightloss tips, acne or greasy hair tips.

I generally respect your posts, but you need to learn to eat humble pie and apologise.

Anebel, I wouldn't mind so much in real life. But this is an adult sat behind a computer screen, who is now pulling every card out. Riding world IS tough. You have to have the toughest skin. And belief in you and your horse. But telling someone to lose 10-15ilbs when clearly they are NOT overweight is utterly ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
I love how she is jumping x-country with her stirrups home to stick the saddle,
Can you please explain why having the irons "home" is a good thing, and how it helps stick to the saddle? Because if anything I'd prefer that the OP back her toe out a bit to have the iron across the ball of her foot, I find her iron (in the first pic) to be a bit too far back and that's (in part) causing her ankle to be unable to flex down.
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