Heels down, shoulders back, chin up.
In most of the pictures, your leg is very far back and your heel is up. I think you should shorten your stirrups a hole so you can stretch down your heels and keep your leg underneath you. You are slouching, so remember to keep your back straight. I like your elbow, it has nice bend, and your thumbs are on top. Remember to look up! You seem pretty good about that, though.
Pic 1: Pretty nice. Your release is a bit off, though. It isn't an actual release, you are just putting your hands down, which is restrictive. I would suggest a long crest release, where you put your hands halfway up your horses neck, and rest your hands on thier crest. This will in turn support your leg, which looks pretty good here. I would be wary about you putting your bottom back into the saddle to fast, but I can't say anything without seeing you ride.
Pic 2: Again, you are restricting your horse with your release, but better than the first picture. You have most of your weight in your knee, which causes you to pinch and lets your leg swing back. I think you should shorten your stirrups a hole or two.
Pic 3: Your horse looks adorable here! Your release is better, but your leg is slipping back still because of your knee. I like everything else, though. Don't worry, I have the same problem. Her braids look great!
Pic 4: The timing of the picture always makes a person's EQ look subpar, so I won't critique this. The best pictures are taken JUST as the horses hind legs leave the ground, and shes still taking off here.
You and your horse are super cute!
For the jumping, I'd start by shortening your stirrups a number of holes. I think that it would help you put more weight into your heel and keep your leg from swinging back. For your release I'd suggest what Frannie said, and slide your hands up his/her neck to form a crest release. it will help your horse to use its neck over the fence, as well as enhance your position.
You and your horse look like a really nice pair!!
Thank you both, I will try a crest release :) My stirrups were on the top hole! I think my normal boots have a really chunky sole compared with my show boots, at shows my stirrups are on the top hole for flat :shock: :lol:
Its mainly in walk where my heels go up and my legs go back, misty was slowww :lol: I will work on looking up and sholders back also :P
One small comment... SMILE! In most of the pictures you seem as if you hate what you are doing (and I know you don't!).. It amazing how much more relaxed you are when you smile when you ride.
Did you ever hear the saying "smile when you are on the phone, the person at the other end, can hear you smile?" Its true for horses too.. if you are stern, composed, reserved, tense, they can feel it. If you laugh and smile, so do they!
If your stirrups are on teh top hole, is there any way you can get different leathers or perhaps wrap the leathers to make them shorter? I really think shorters stirrups will help with your overall equitation. Other than that, I think everything else is covered.
Hi :) Not sure of your age, but for a cleaner, more polished look for shows, first -it's time for tall boots. I would also suggest a more tailored jacket, fitted more to your sides and waist, with longer arm length long enough to meet your first thumb joint. I would remove the tie (I personally like the more feminine look of a monogramed collar) and purchase a new helmet with the visor placed more forward/over your forehead not UP, and does not show the undergear. French braiding your hair would be nice with the end tucked up, or doing a net style would help, and always conceal your rubber band, but if it IS exposed, match it to your hair, not your outfit (unless you are showing Western). If you are allowed to wear makeup, a little color on your eyes/cheeks/lips would look great, along with some conservative earrings that match your shirt (for example, small diamonds or crystals with a white shirt, pink zirconia with a pastel pink shade, etc). I personally would like to see a fitted white English saddle pad on this horse rather that the black one, and finer/more plaiting on the mane. I think the other posters have given you great tips on improving your riding position. Hope this little critique was "nice and positive" and hope it helps :)
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