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1111aqua 03-25-2009 01:25 AM

First lesson critique
These pictures are from my first lesson which was about 9 months ago.
Please keep in mind this was my first time ever being on a horse and ive changed alot of things since then (;

eventerdrew 03-29-2009 12:02 PM

the only thing i see is that you need to put your pinky BEHIND the rein. not in front. good job!

morganshow11 03-29-2009 04:11 PM

Keep your toes up and heels down.

You sould be riding with both reins in one hand since you are western.

Spastic_Dove 03-29-2009 04:17 PM

You're fine direct reining until you learn how to neck rein. If you are going to direct rein though, you want to put your pinky behind the rein like the other poster said. Eyes up, heels down and bend your wrists out a bit so your thumb is facing the sky

Flyinghigh12 03-29-2009 11:36 PM

you could probably put ur sturrips a bit lower...
You'll have to get a more recent picture.

kitten_Val 03-30-2009 08:26 AM

Stirrups are very short for the western. So you look like you are pushed back because of that (lots of space between you and the horn, and no between you and back of the saddle). Although it's certainly instructor's fault, not yours. Other than that (and keeping heels little too high, which is normal for the beginners (and not only, actually lol!)) you look really good: relaxed and straight.

kingkillkannon 04-01-2009 12:57 PM

Welcome to the wonderful world of riding and horses.
When teaching young or new riders, I like them to have their sturipps a little shorter to give them more support when they are riding.
I also would not expect someone who is on a horse for the first time, to have the skill to ride with one hand, that comes later when you have more balance.
But you look wonderful for your first time. I am sure you have improved a lot. Keep up the good work.


MIEventer 04-02-2009 10:40 AM


Look at how happy you are during your first lesson! CONGRATS AND I THINK YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!!!

I am so proud of you for wearing a helmet! And I think your coach did a great job keeping you safe, I like that you are in a round pen.

I do not know anything about western, but I just want to say - Look Up :) :) :) :)

Enjoy! Have fun!

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