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jcraig10 02-09-2014 01:05 PM

Just for fun
Here are a few pics of me exercising a horse. Her canters I tend to ride in a 2 point just because she is pretty quick. This ride was more of a ride to get her friskiness out since she is only being ridden a few times a month right now due to our weather. I also just ride for fun, nothing serious. I take lessons once a month.

Please do not critique the horse...she is not mine. Just want to see what other people have to say about my seat, legs, hands, etc for fun. I like to hear what an outsider says :)

Excuse my ridiculous facial expressions LOL



I know I definitely need to stop looking DOWN! Ahh! Thanks!

I also know its hard to critique off of pictures and not video but just do your best. THanks!

jcraig10 02-09-2014 01:26 PM

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kiltsrhott 02-09-2014 01:35 PM

Cute horse! She does look a little frisky. I can see the head tossing in the photos. I don't really blame her though. I feel your pain not being able to work the horses much this winter!

The biggest thing that stands out to me is the saddle. That saddle is way too small for you! You need something with a little bit more room in the seat and some longer flaps. Your knees are awfully close to the front of that flap and you could use to lengthen your stirrups a hole for flat work. You're also in a bit of a chair seat. Your foot is too far forward. They should be under your hips more. This could be a problem caused by the saddle. For just some playing around on a horse that's not yours, I wouldn't worry about it. Just try your best to keep your leg back or just ditch your stirrups all together. If you plan to do much more with this horse, you should invest in a used saddle for this horse that fits you a bit better.

Honestly, you look fine for what you're doing, and what this winter has given us to work with! Just do your best until you thaw!

jcraig10 02-09-2014 04:11 PM

I agree about the saddle...and even more so now that you pointed it out. I do have another saddle that I could try, and I think it has a bigger seat. I will have to see how it fits her. And yes, she gets very stir crazy when not ridden. She is a polo pony so definitely is used to a more rigorous activity level.

My stirrups I always tend to ride a hole short ...I think its a nervous thing, I feel more secure with shorter stirrups. My trainer never lets me get away with it, but I always let myself get away with it when riding alone :) I will make myself be brave and just drop them a hole and see how it feels on her. I did do some no stirrup work yesterday on another horse that is a little slower haha. I will work on keeping that leg back a bit. These are the first pictures that I've had taken of me riding so it is definitely an eye opener to bad habits!

Thanks for looking.

jcraig10 02-09-2014 04:16 PM

OOPS I meant to say in my original post that I take a lesson once a WEEK, not a month!:D

tinyliny 02-09-2014 04:26 PM

I agree with Kilts. you could maybe make do by lowering the stirrups one or two holes. it looks like you are perched on top of the horse. When you are in two point cantering (second to last photo), it looks like you are pinching at your knee and might fall forward and off if the horse came to a quick stop.

jcraig10 02-09-2014 05:18 PM

Tiny, I was hoping that you might chime in :)
Thank you for your input. My cantering skills aren't super impressive, and that is one thing that my trainer usually points out as well (that i'm pinching with my knees). I'm glad that everyone is consistent with their feedback, it makes it very easy to concentrate on what needs to be done. Even though I do only ride for pleasure, I still want to be an effective rider.

These pictures were from about a month ago. I really want someone to capture some pictures/video of me during my lesson - I'll see if I can con someone into coming with me :-D

Golden Horse 02-09-2014 05:30 PM

Agree with:

Saddle is to small
Stirrups need to go down at least 2 holes.
-That will help your leg come down long and under you.
Riding in two point because she is frisky, I understand but you are making yourself venerable by being forward, get your butt down, if she is that frisky don't canter her, go back to walk and trot, plenty of transitions and turns before going back to cantering.

Now it's difficult to tell n those pics, but you look tense to me, like you are not breathing, and waiting for her to explode with you. SO hard to tell that from stills though, but it is the impression I get. If this is the case, the transitions change of pace and direction, lots of control exercises will help both of you relax.

I have an Arab who looks much like her way of going, you can't wear them out, or 'force' them down, the only way to get control is to get them thinking, keep changing it up so they can't anticipate. The down side is I nearly got giddy with the old girl, I've never ridden so many circles, voltes and serpentines, and OH JOY, I have it all to do again with her daughter:wink:

Skyseternalangel 02-09-2014 09:45 PM

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Your two point is pretty good balance wise. I do not like you leaning on her mouth though. Hands are allowed to move, and should! If she's throwing her head up, go with her. Don't keep your hands on her wither because that puts nasty pressure in her mouth, even when she does stop having her head up.

I think those stirrups are WAY too short.... even for being in a jump saddle. Which definitely is too small...

Ninamebo 02-10-2014 01:03 AM

It seems counter intuitive to some, but by lowering your stirrups you will actually develop a deeper, more correct seat that will be harder to unseat you in the long run.

By having super short stirrups, (unless you're jell-o) you hold tension in your body (which I can tell you do have a bit) it basically just makes for a spring loaded you to come popping off the minute that Frisky makes one unexpected fancy leap.

Get a better fitting saddle for you with lower stirrups, focus on keeping your ankles underneath your body, softening your lower back and moving your hands with the horses head as opposed to just setting them at the withers with not much give. Keep up the good work! :)

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