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post #11 of 18 Old 11-14-2012, 05:52 PM
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No, I most certainly did not mean that she should ride with straight elbows.

I noticed that in the photo her arms are very bent and her elbows are sticking out which makes her duck her upper body down.

I meant that she should straighten her elbows a little, but not to ride with them absolutely straight. By straightening her elbows a little, her upper body would stay taller which would keep her elbows in, help create a straight line from elbow to bit and help keep her leg forward.

Arms should always be soft and move with the horse's head.

So sorry, I don't thinkI made it clear what I was saying.
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-14-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Ahh!! Thanks!!
Hopefully I'll have my younger sister with me on Friday so I can get a video for a critique.

Is there an angle for flat work that would be best for critiquing? Same for over jumps?
I'm assuming from the side?

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No, I most certainly did not mean that she should ride with straight elbows.

I noticed that in the photo her arms are very bent and her elbows are sticking out which makes her duck her upper body down.

I meant that she should straighten her elbows a little, but not to ride with them absolutely straight. By straightening her elbows a little, her upper body would stay taller which would keep her elbows in, help create a straight line from elbow to bit and help keep her leg forward.

Arms should always be soft and move with the horse's head.

So sorry, I don't thinkI made it clear what I was saying.
I'm still not getting your explanation. Can you post a video of an upper level show jumping rider that rides with the straighter elbows you are suggesting to Lexiie?
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Here is a video,

It is not an upper level show jumper or anything, this is one of my students (I know, she has the same name as me!!!!), she still has somethings to work on but I do this she has the right length in her arm.

Note how her back stays tall, this is becasue her elbows are a little straight.

She is also following the movement of her horse' s head well with her hands.
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That horse's jump is so freaking cute!!! Ah!!!
I do see what you mean though

I had gone to a jumping clinic last month, and she had my two pointing the way you explained

The angle is terrible, but I remember everything being much smoother and comfortable when I wasn't throwing myself over the jump.

I'm not trying to make an excuse for a bad habit, but I think that stems from when I was teaching my mare to jump. I was always jumping ahead so she would follow me.
My plan was to work back to following her, but that never happened. Bad on my part!
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post #16 of 18 Old 11-21-2012, 01:51 PM
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I had a really narrow mare once. I used a monoflap saddle with her, and it made a huge difference! It won't 'fix' any riding flaws, but it would help with feeling the horse in general. It did for me anyway!

I realize that a new saddle wasn't what you had in mind, but I thought I'd throw that out there. It might be something worth considering in the future :)
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Actually, I have "addable" knee rolls, and I put those on. It helps a little.

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post #18 of 18 Old 11-24-2012, 11:22 AM
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Shorten your stirrups a bit (from what I see in the first picture) and try to drop your all of your weight into your heels , really push them down over especially over the jump , this should help to keep your lower leg in place over the jump and help you keep a more steady lower leg .
Hope this helps !!
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