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        10-05-2010, 04:47 AM
    Would like some help :)

    Quick back story - Start of the year my horse bucked me off and I fractured a vertebrae. After about 9 months off riding, I have slowly been getting back into it. I called my instructor up the other day to see whether I could get some lessons, but unfortunately she doesn't teach anymore. So whilst I look for another, I would really appreciate some help. I am not embarrassed by my faults, so don't hold back.


    What I see: Arms/Hands are pretty shocking. Need to get shoulders back, thumbs up and look up.


    Same as 1


    At least I'm looking up here :) Arms/Hands again and perhaps legs back a bit


    Heels down, release more



    This makes me cringe, butt further back and looks like I'm pinching with my knees.

    So I wrote what I think I am doing wrong, but I would love some suggestions, and what I can do to improve. Thanks
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        10-05-2010, 07:23 AM
    Well done on getting back into riding! Sometimes it takes guts to do that.

    Anyway, you aren't looking bad at all, and it's great that you are noticing some of your own faults, and that you are at least aware of them. Good on you!

    One thing I am just going to comment on is your arms. Try bringing your elbows more to your sides. Your upper arm is meant to be relaxed at your sides, and bend a little more in your arms.

    Otherwise, you are looking pretty good. Keep it up.
        10-05-2010, 11:47 AM
    You look really nice, just a few things, hands need to be up they should not go past the withers, and your thumbs need to be up too. Your legs need to be back a little on the flat and more forward over the jumps. Try putting your stirrups up a hole or two for jumping, I think your release looks fine, especially for that height. And your heals look good in some pictures, but not in others, so I'm guessing you still need to stretch them more. But great job after not riding for 9 months
        10-05-2010, 11:52 AM
    I have no critique to offer. My post is in admiration of your courage. It takes a lot of guts to come back from a significant injury. Good for you girl! I think as your confidence comes back your position will find its way home. My only observation from your photos is that you look like you are riding hesitant. The only way to fix that is to ride more. You are doing great!
        10-05-2010, 12:36 PM
    I don't know much about English, so Im not going to even bother trying to sound like I know what Im talking about haha. Kudos to you on getting back in the saddle after that injury! It's hard. I had an accident 2 1/2 years ago that tore the muscles and ligaments in my lower back. Stopped me from riding for 4 months and it took me 3 months after that to have the confidence to get back up there so I know how hard that is! Now Im back to barrel racing, roping, breaking youngsters, and more!!! Good for you hun. God Bless.
        10-06-2010, 06:32 AM
    Thanks for all the nice comments :)
    I used to always have issues with my arms, when I try to bend my elbows when riding, I feel like I stiffen up tons and my arms lock in place. Is there a trick to it or something? I guess it is something that you just have to practice.
    Do my stirrups look right? I had to buy new stirrup leathers because my old ones where very close to breaking, and I kept fiddling with them to find the right spot.
        10-06-2010, 07:31 AM
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    Congrats on getting back in the saddle. For not having ridden in quite some time, your position is looks pretty good. The only thing I see is what others have said and it is your hands....just pick them up a little and close your fingers. You don't really need any more release for these jumps and you arent catching your horse in the mouth at all. The one fence your butt was in the saddle though. Stirrups look to be a good length for flatting, pull them up a notch or two for jumping.
        10-06-2010, 08:12 AM
    I also had a problem with bending my arms, because since I usually have to have the reins shorter than usual (fast horses) it got me into the habit of straightening my arms and holding my hands too close to the withers. My instructor kept on shouting at me "bend those arms! Hands away from her wither!", and even though it felt really uncomfortable at first, I did it anyway. Now, I feel uncomfortable if I DON'T bend my arms...I have gotten so used to riding with my arms bent. Although every now and then the bad habit of lowering my hands to the wither creeps in, so I just have to mentally kick myself to remind myself about the hands.

    With the stirrups, what I have been taught to getting your overall stirrup length, is you take your feet out your stirrups, stretch them down as far as they can go and then relax them against the horse's sides. The bottom of the stirrup should reach up to your ankle. Then for jumping it's two holes shorter.

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