Anyone able to give me a constructive critique? Just me though, the pictures range from last year to now and this mare was just started in some of the pictures and has a trainer so yea, just ignore her for now. =)
On the note of trainers, I myself have not had good consistent lessons in roughly 9 years, but have taken a very small amount of lessons off and on since. I have a coach in mind that I will (hopefully) be using for myself sometime in the next couple months and from there plan to stick to a consistent program again.
BTW, really sorry for the quality, I do have a proper camera but no body really has time to take good U/S pictures for me, plus I don't really trust anyone with my camera:lol: So video stills off my phone is all I've got for the time being. I'll try and post the best quality ones I've got ..I know they really won't be the easiest to critique from but I'd really appreciate any input until I can have someone take real pictures for me.
Sorry for the overload!:-P
Grr, sorry for the HUGEEEE sizes. I tried re sizing twice, but won't make them any smaller? Sorry about that!!
your have a nice arch in your back, but you look stiff. try to turn at the waist as you go through your corners/turns/etc. bring your shoulder back but don't lean in! this will help you stay balanced with your horse, and it will help you aid your horse through your seat too.
your lower leg/heels are fantastic! *jealous*
see, while riding I don't FEEL stiff, but looking at pictures I look extremely stiff. I had a bad accident in 2011 where I broke my back and doctors somehow didn't see it on the original xrays so by the time they saw it I suppose it was too late to really do much about it. I think that's where a lot of my stiffness comes from. I've been trying to get a referral from my doctor for physio as it no longer hurts at all but is obviously quite stiff while riding at least.
I'm also beginning to wonder if I arch my back just a little much? I feel like I almost exaggerate it a little because my biggest fault used to be that I leaned forward too much, or if I sat up tall I became a little "hunchy".
Also while I am thinking of it - one thing I have never been able to fix is my shoulders. Any tricks I can try to put them back and actually stay that way?
Ideally, we don't have a line from shoulder to bit, but from elbow to bit. In the 5th picture down your arms are at your sides where they should be. Unless you are jumping, your upper arms should rarely be forward of your body. Keeping your arms back helps you ride your horse from your core. That's not to say they should come back behind your torso either, but you should be really accomplished at shortening and lengthening the reins instead of putting your forearms out. If the horse is pulling your arms forward, there is a loss of stability in your position. Keeping those upper arms by your sides will help with your shoulders and back. It's a common issue for a lot of us. :-)
I also once heard that putting a crop behind your back, horizontal and through your arms would help with an issue like this, anyone ever tried that?
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