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post #1 of 4 Old 07-14-2010, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Worked up the courage to post lesson pics

I hope it's okay that I'm posting these here. I posted them in the photos section yesterday, and I'm not trying to spam the whole board with my fabulous, stupendous, wonderful pictures -- actually, I'd rather hide them somewhere and never look at them at all! But that won't help me get better!

I've got an instructor now, and she's pointed out a lot of issues. I can also see a lot for myself in the pictures. What I'm hoping for from this post is your take on the CRITICAL issues -- in other words, what should I work on first, what are my biggest flaws, what am I doing that, if fixed, would help me fix the other problems I've got. Does that make sense?

Also, advice on how to correct chair seat. I consciously focus on it while I'm mounted and I still look like this. What am I missing?

A little background: This is my first time riding in a saddle in two and a half years. And before this, I hadn't ridden above a walk in over six months. My background is in dressage, but I want to learn huntseat.

Here goes:

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-14-2010, 06:55 PM
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I must say, not too bad.

The first thing that jumped out at me is your hands. Instead of holding them as if you were pushing a pram or trolley, hold them with your thumbs facing upwards. As soon as you feel your hands returning to pram mode again, mentally slap yourself and correct it. After time it will then just come naturally to you.

You could also maybe bring your elbows a little closer to your sides, but you have a very good "elbow, hand, bit" line.

With the chair seat problem, I'm not so sure on what can really help it besides maybe lengthening your stirrups a little so they can stretch downwards.

Lastly, congrats on getting up the courage to post these pics. Sometimes it takes alot, but sometimes you just gotta do it. I don't really know what you were so worried about though, you're not bad at all.

Oh, and I also have to say that your horse is really gorgeous!

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-15-2010, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much! I'm glad they're not as bad as they look to me! I think mostly I'm seeing the fact that I've put on about 15 pounds since I last rode seriously. I know I was feeling it, and I'm seeing it, too.

Thanks for pointing out the hands! I'm so bad about that, always have been!
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-15-2010, 11:12 PM
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I just focus on more bend in my knee to avoid the chair seat. But be careful when you do that because you may have tendencies to grip with your knees. It may help to look down at where your heel is, also. Align your heel then memorize what that looks like when you're looking down at it. Practice makes perfect!

You seem to have a nice, natural-looking seat.

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