Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH (USA)
Are you looking for a riding critique? If you are switching to dressage, I have oh so many pointers. Are the pics of you on the Morgan recent? Those are the ones that I really notice stuff on.
First of all, your stirrups need to be about 100 holes longer. LOL. Seriously though, at least 5, even though you're riding in a jump saddle. If you're not racing, you don't need that short of a leg.
Dressage judges want straight, relaxed backs. Not hollowed, stiff backs. Also, you will be 100 times more comfortable that way. When you relax your back, you will also stop sticking your butt out. I know that's a big hunter thing, but it is much more useful to sit on your seat bones, and not perch forward on your crotch.
Lower your hands. You want a straight line from your elbow to the horse's bit. You definitely didn't want her to come up to match your angle, so you need to come down about 2 inches to match her.
Your position is practically polar opposite in the last pic, on the gray - is that not you riding him? At any rate, the rider in this pic needs to lift their shoulders, get stronger in their stomach, and bend their elbows more. Should be riding with a higher, more forward hand. That horse looks like he needs a little more lower leg (combined with a strong core) to lift his balance, as he is very much on his forehand.
If you're not switching to dressage...well, you should. Come over to the dark* side. We have cookies. :)
*Dark, in this case is simply referring to the mysterious, seemingly magical telepathic communication that a great dressage rider has with their horse, not anything evil. Though there is a lot of evil in dressage too. Try to steer clear from that stuff.