By the way... How can I make myself STOP "motoring" the horse while cantering?? Then I automatically start leaning forward :DDD
Someone else could probably give you more advice.. But it looks like you're leaning too far back. When you are using a deeper seat, you should still be in balance with your horse, not behind your horse's movement. You also need to put more weight in your heels.
Just out of curiosity, how tall are you? That pony makes your legs look enormous!
Your lower leg is too far forward in nearly all the photos.. I would work more on two point in the walk and trot and eventually canter. Since you are riding different horses it's hard to sum up what you can do to your position but to answer your question, you have to actively tell yourself to sit up tall.
Someone on the forum was linking this video. I watched it last night and really admired the advice for fixing your position.
How To Practice Your Classical Seat In Horseback Riding - YouTube
There it has simple exercises to "fix" your position and gain more contact with the horse.
Watch your hands. I notice on some of them your hands are pretty good, others they go flat and are pulling for contact instead of pushing the horse into it. Open up your chest more and push those shoulders back and down.
Looking pretty good though
when you say "motoring", do you mean that you pump your whole body in the canter??? (leaning forward and pumping your upper body with the horse?) If so, I've seen people do this a LOT(including myself)....try to focus on your upper body being still and balanced, with your lower body doing the moving. I find that pulling your shoulders up above your hip will mostly keep this from happening. Easier said than done though!
Thank you everyone ;))
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It looks like you are sitting back too much. Your lower leg is too far forward. And remember to keep your heels down. Once your heels go down, you may want to take your stirrups up a hole or two. Hope I could help! :)
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Hey again ;DD
Sooo... The last time I was riding I tried to use everyone's advice. (Shorten stirrups, sit straighter, correct leg position etc.)
Here are some photos... Does anything look better and what else should I change?
Your position has improved tremendously! You aren't motoring in many of the pictures (I think towards the end you may have gotten a little tired) but over all a very nice improvement.
Is this your pony?
I think the next step would be getting your pony to use its back and be on the bit.
The 5th one shows the closest you were in these pictures. When the pony uses their back, your riding and their cadence/movement will improve tenfold.
But very nice! Keep practicing :) And make sure to keep your shoulders back and down as that will help you handle your reins and distribute your weight even better.
Agreed! Your jumping could still use a bit of work, but your flatwork is looking great!
How can I make him use his back more?
And what do you mean by "be on the bit"?
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