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        09-13-2009, 09:18 AM
    - piano hands
    - jumping ahead
    - sometimes I grip with my knee while jumping , which makes my lower leg swing back :'(

    I'm really trying to fix these, but the fact that I'm riding a pony who isn't great at jumping and has a VERY uncomfortable jump, isn't helping. :P
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        09-13-2009, 09:32 AM
    I guess my main problem is my shoulders. They're always hunched or in some weird position. One of my shoulders was badly dislocated when I played soccer, so I think hunching it is like easier on it, but I know I shouldn't. Another bad habit is I always switch the hand I'm holding the reins with. EG, if I'm on a senior horse, I'll warm up with my right hand with the reins, but when I go in the show-ring, my left hand will be holding the reins.
    I guess most of my bad habits stem from the fact, I'm always mucking around when I just ride. I guess if I rode a little better, when I'm just practicing, I might do better in the show ring.
        09-13-2009, 10:11 AM
    When riding western, I ....
    1. Slouch instead of sitting up straight
    2. Lean forward on my toes when paul trots or lopes (english was the last disciplined I learned so I keep reverting back to that)
        09-13-2009, 11:37 AM
    - My heels turn out too much. . Which is a result of A) the fact that they do this on the ground, too. . ;P and B) If I do get it right, and get it on my horse's side, if I'm on G, he doesn't like it when I squeeze him and will start to bolt. :P
    - For jumping, basically EVERYTHING. Before, I could jump okay. . On Gonzo and Rocco, who have that little pony jump. . And then I was on bigger horses and got left behind everytime :P i'm working on it, and Diesel and I got it a few times. . We're going to work on it in lessons
        09-13-2009, 12:59 PM
    I switch reining hands while riding western. I can't help it. I try so hard not to do it, but it's just like automatic x.x We're working on it...

    My pinkies always open a bit
    Sometimes I don't get loose enough with my knees.
        09-13-2009, 01:02 PM
    The list is long LOL I'd have to write an essay on my faults. My worst one is looking down far too much on the flat.
        09-20-2009, 03:02 AM
    Just thought I would bring this back up. :)

    My biggest faults are...

    I have piano hands (thought MIEventer made me feel much better about this, im just like her when it comes to my hands/arms/shoulders)
    I overjump sometimes
    I roach my back when cantering ),:
    My lower leg insists on having short stirrups (for jumping) or my leg will go everywhere.
    I look down a lot when going over a jump, I look up and over a jump when going at it though.

    Good news is that I have a jumping trainer now! So I wont be a crappy self-taught hunter/jumper anymore!
        09-20-2009, 10:41 AM
    Oh god I have hundreds of them :). A couple of my worst are that my lower legs slide out in front of me when Thumper speeds up and hollows out (which just makes the problems worse) and also when I'm cantering it will slide out in front of me :S. Also I don't have a good release when I jump- my reins get too long and I hardly even do a SHORT release, let alone a good crest release. I think I've done about two good crest releases in my life.
    When I do flatwork, I always look down at Thumper's neck. No clue why- maybe I just can't stand not looking at him :)?
        09-20-2009, 11:27 AM
    Ok, well here I go.....

    1.My shoulders are too rounded, I need to open them.
    2.When cantering in a driveing seat, I feel like my heels are not down its so hard to do.
    3. My hands LOVE to stay to close to his withers, I guess I crave the sence of security.
    4.I look too much at his head too see if he is at the right position, I guess this will come when he is totally consistant himself with his headset.
    5.Hmmm im sure there is many more sticks I have to burn.
        09-20-2009, 02:24 PM
    Oh yeah, that was my other one! I always keep my reins long because im worried about popping my horse in the mouth!

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