Critique my riding Flash, please!
So I went to a friend's house yesterday and she let me ride her horse, Flash, an Arabian gelding. Seeing as I haven't ridden in a while=being out of shape, I realize I do have some issues: head needs to be up, shoulders back, leg more underneath me, and that I need to reposition my stirrup across the ball of my boots.
The photos aren't the best for critiquing, but from what I can see, you have piano hands. Remember to keep those thumbs up. It also looks like you are pulling your hands straight back rather than using them effectively. When asking the horse for something you need to twst your wrist in not pull your arm back, like a crane operator. Your elbows are back and bent which is very good, however, they should be closer to body. I would adjust the stirrup length, they look a bit long and this may be the reason your feet are turning out. You have a very nice foundation and position, just a few small things that need some fine tuning.
Thanks, PaintedDaisiesofIce for the critique! I used to be jumping in the 2' range but then I sold my horse and could only ride on the weekends for my lessons and then I couldn't always have a lesson, so its nice to hear that I still have a nice foundation and not all of that went away from not riding in a while!
I think that you got your hands to high over the horse, I've learnt to keep 'em down. That improves your hand-moves and the contact with the horse's mouth. I dunno what you've learned though. Besides the other little things, it looks good :D
Yeah I was going to say the same thing about the hands. Other than that you look great. I love your zebra print saddle pad! it's cute.
For some horses, you need to ride with your hands held higher up, so the bit doesn't hit the horse in the roof of the mouth.
For other horses, the bit is most comfortable in the mouth with low hands.
I find that I have to adjust the height of my hands depending on the horse that I ride.
This horse also had a problem of sticking his nose out, as you can tell from the pictures. I wasn't sure how to deal with that.
His head will drop naturally when he starts to move from the hind end and you keep proper contact :)
Start with the hind end first, then worry about the head
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