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sandsarita 01-26-2008 06:37 PM

Hunt Seat Eq critique
Hi everyone - I wanted a critique of my position on the flat for Hunt Seat Equitation at QH and ABRA shows. I have been out of showing horses for about 4 years but am getting back into it. These are old photos that show my position. I am hoping to correct any of my bad habits as I am redeveloping my seat. Let me know what you think.

Delregans Way 01-27-2008 12:49 AM

:D Hey there!! You look very good!! The only thing i can see wrong is that your top frame is leaning forward. This puts alot of weight on the horses fore, and you lose the centre balance. Your shoulders are caving forward too, to fix that roll them up, back and then down.. that should put it in the right position...Although i coach Dressage, and im not farmilar with english type of riding.. :(

You look very good though!! :D Goodluck! :wink:

Rachluvshorses4eva 01-27-2008 01:11 AM

Very nice. It does seem that you are a bit hunched forward. Try to sit back. I used to ride what they call "A Turtle". I had such a hunched back that after every lesson I went more and more forward. I then finally leaned forward and man it stretched my back. Keep up the great work!

Rachluvshorses4eva 01-27-2008 01:17 AM

Also, Just reminder. Try and keep your elbows in line. Try to bring them back a little bit. That way, they should bend and not be too stiff. In the pictures, they aren't that stiff. Just a reminder.

Also, I always got taught to hold your not too loose, as it's hard to control. I also got taught that when you hold then reins, hold your hands up, so your thumbs are in the air and not pointing outwards. Because, imagine that you have a cup of tea in your hands, keep your hands up so you don't spill it on your horse and burn him. :wink: :wink: :wink:

But, you can really hold the reins anyway you want. :wink:

Hoped I helped,

free_sprtd 01-27-2008 01:44 AM

well, just like everyone else said the hunching forward thing, and are you looking forward? or concentrating too hard on what the horse is doing? I have the worst habit of trying to watch what the horse is doing instead of looking where I'm going. It's hard to tell from the pics, but that is kind of what I got out of it. Sorry, I don't really critique :oops: but I thought I would put in my 2 cents.

you look great though! and the horses are all gorgeous!

JustDressageIt 01-27-2008 11:59 AM

Actually, for Hunt Seat you're supposed to have a forward tilt of about 20-30 degrees. Your position looks very good, the only thing I would say (and it might just be that the pictures make it look this way, but) is to keep your thumbs on top, and roll your shoulders back slightly to eliminate any "hunchy" look.

free_sprtd 01-27-2008 01:46 PM

thanks for clearing that up dressage! you learn something new every day :wink:

JustDressageIt 01-27-2008 06:14 PM

No problem :) It is completely different than your usual (and commonly seen) dressage or western seat. It's the basis for your hunter classes, where you maintain that seat (if not a two-point) between fences.
Before I got into dressage a few years ago, my concentration (of sorts) for 12-13 years was in the hunter ring :)

sandsarita 01-27-2008 08:20 PM

Thanks for the advice. I'll watch my hands and roll my shoulders back some. Let me know anybody spots anything else.

Kiki 01-29-2008 05:45 PM

In hunt seat do the horses carry their heads like western horses? Like is it required?

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