Critique my Equitation
Please give me advise on how to improve my eq. Thanks :)
I'm no expert, but in the first picture, it seems like you are leaning forward a little bit too far, and in both pictures it looks like you might have piano hands, so get your thumbs up and elbows in :). You look really relaxed and look like a really good rider!!!!
Your horse is a very nice mover! I can't really tell about your hands because of the gloves. the only thing I can see is you could move your lower leg back just a teensy bit... and then pull your shoulders back. Otherwise you look great. Nice horse.
1st picture: The most noticible thing that stand out to me is that you need to arch your back and bring your shoulders back. Pick your hands up about two inches and although this might be a hunter class, you reins should be a little shorter. Your leg looks pretty good! Your horse is cute but needs a lot more neck muscle and topline.
2nd picture: This picture is on an odd angle so i won't have to much of a critique. However, i d shorten your reins more and be careful of having piano hands. Make sure that they stay together too.
Other then that your guys look pretty good. I would work on your horse's topline to help his neck fill out.
Arch your back shoulders back.
I agree with everything that has pretty much been said. I would also like to see you get your hands up and thumbs on top, adding the shoulders and arch will make for one pretty picture!
Like everyone said, it looks like you're leaning too far forward, but I wouldn't "arch" your back, hollow backs are never any good. Just bring your shoulders back, but keep using your abs. You use your abs to ride too. You will feel like you're leaning too far back, but more than likely, your shoulders still aren't back far enough. Overall though you look great. =]
When a rider arch's their back, they've lost their balance and centeredness in the saddle.
As Sally Swift says - when you hollow out your lower back, your balance has now gushed out the front end. You also lost your core, and the effectiveness of your seat.
If you roach your lower back, your balance now gushes out your back and you've over activated your core, and have to much of a seat.
You need a perfect balance between the two. Riding on all 3 points of your seat - and having a strait lower back.
The top picture - her back is perfect with a very effective seat. I would say sit up taller and bring her shoulders back. I would also say lift up your hands - the reason why the riders upper body has leant ahead of the verticle is because her hands are too low, which caused the rest to follow in suit.
Very nice effective leg. Very nice heel - and I love how she is on all 3 points of her seat.
I am surrounded by A Circuit Hunter/Jumper barns, and they all are taught to ride with a strait lower back - because it is effective.
Disregard everything I said do whatever you want. Listen to everyone else but me cuz thats the right rounded way to do things.
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