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post #1 of 23 Old 09-12-2009, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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Your abnoxious riding position habit(s)?

Well, everybody has at least one, and no matter how hard you try to fix it your body always goes back to its old ways!
For me:
My toes always point out. I always do it when I see pictures of myself riding that is the main thing I cringe about.
My back gets tense, especially at the canter. It's like my body is trying to resist the movement of the canter.
Often I am so focused on my horse when I ride I spend the entire hour staring at his neck!
So, what's your riding vice?
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post #2 of 23 Old 09-12-2009, 02:21 AM
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I switch reining hands all the time; I am currently fighting myself to use only my left. I tend to let my toes point down a little and I usually have my shoulders slumped a little bit. I stick my lower legs out too far from the horse even though I have virtually no weight in my stirrups. I absolutely cannot ride in the "proper" lined up position. If I ride with my shoulders, hips, and heels all in line, I am really off balance to the front.

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post #3 of 23 Old 09-12-2009, 10:14 AM
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hmmm what to choose...

my legs are swingy
my hands look like dog paws
I never have enough weight in my stirrups
my shoulders aren't back
I look like a hunchback when I jump
I anticipate the jump


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Actually Drew - I learnt something very interesting about the "Puppy dog paw" hand position.

Everyone is always stressing, thumbs up, don't break the line - yeah yeah - great theory, but it doesn't always work. Take me for example.

My biggest issue, are my hands/elbows/shoulders - I ride too stiff. Especially when I ride with my thumbs up. It took taking lessons under two seperate, very knowledgeable Hunter/Jumper's in my area. One went GP, the other trained under GM.

What fixed my stiff hands, elbows, shoulder issue? Riding with "puppy dog paw" hands.

I play the fiddle. When I bow with my right arm, it is very soft, flexable, smooth, gentle, with beautiful wrist action and a very flexable elbow.

Why? Because my hand, while holding my bow - is in the "puppy dog" position.

So, apply that in the saddle. When my hands are in the position where I look like I am going to play the piano - I'm soft, and guess is my horse.

There is nothing wrong with riding in puppy dog paws, so long as it is aiding you in remaining soft and giving.


My biggest issue, is I look down all the time when I am doing flat work. My eyes are staring smack dab on Nelson's head.

What am I looking for???? I don't know. Gold? Dropped money?

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post #5 of 23 Old 09-12-2009, 10:37 AM
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Oh to pick just a few!

My main problem is I tend to jump ahead
I have to ride with spurs and I'm bad about constant spurring (my conformation makes my toes stick out. Toes in means I'm squeezing with my shin)

I drop my shoulder in on right turns
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post #6 of 23 Old 09-12-2009, 10:41 AM
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Hey MIEventer, I play the violin!

There is one thing I picked up from a Centered Riding clinic I did a couple years back, and that is that the hand position is very important. They made us feel the difference between puppy dog hands and correct hands with a string in OUR mouths. Let me tell you, there was a HUGE difference!

I might try your theory today with Demi. See if that fixes her head flipping problem

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Right, and yes there is a theory behind riding with your thumbs up, and there is a theory behind riding with your thumbs to the side.

Not every theory works for everyone, that's why there are many out there.

You ask 4 people what to do with a horse with a hard mouth, you'll get 5 answers.

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post #8 of 23 Old 09-13-2009, 01:36 AM
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Everything about my lower leg. I HATE IT I HATE IT I HATE IT.

Now that I'm done whining like a five-year-old... lol

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post #9 of 23 Old 09-13-2009, 01:48 AM
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My shoulders are hunched over - Too forward, and I'm usually slouching! :(

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post #10 of 23 Old 09-13-2009, 02:39 AM
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Hmm well let's see.

-I ride with my hands to close to Junior's neck.
-My ring finger on both hands always loosens its grip on the reins, have no idea why because my pointed and ring finger stay tight on the reins.
-My heels never stay down, they tend to stay even.
-I jump ahead.
-I am tense most of the time even though I don't mean to be.
-During flat work, like a couple of you I look at Junior's head, I do this because I am watching to see if he is framing up his neck and head nicely or not.

There are more but those are the major ones that happen almost everytime I ride.
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