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        10-06-2009, 05:35 PM
    I love that I have an english and western horse so I can do both :) but I will always love doing hunters most!
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        10-07-2009, 06:14 AM
    Before I tell you what to do with your free hand I have a question...

    What event in western are you looking to do??

    Would you like a little position critique as well (I haven't stuidied the pictures so I have nothing in particular to say I just wanted to ask before I offered my opinion)
        10-07-2009, 01:01 PM
    You guys look great!! Brodie is such a cutie.
        10-07-2009, 01:02 PM
    Stylishk- I am a hunter (english rider) who is dabbling in western/reining. I would love to take lessons but don't know of anyone around here so at the moment I am self taught (but more then willing to learn from someone who REALLY knows what they are doing) ...

    I have over 15 years of competitive english experience so I know my sturrups are prob too short and like I said he was testing me that day so I had my reigns too "short" for western (but I needed to correct him and let him know that I meant what I was asking). I am still trying to figure out where my body is supposed to be(for reining) and what position I am supposed to be in.

    If you really do know what you are talking about (i say that in the nicest way possible- I have many years of horse knowledge and don't want some know it all to try and correct me- not saying that you are one) I would LOVE you to help me out. I am so more then willing to learn and do the right thing!

        10-07-2009, 01:04 PM
    Thanks reining girl! I am trying to do it right haha
        10-09-2009, 10:35 PM
    You look great.

    One thing I wanted to mention was try to sit more forward in the western saddle.

    You're kind of sitting right against the back of the saddle and you want to be sitting more in the middle of it not leaning against the back.

    I hope that make sense.
        10-10-2009, 01:05 AM
    Thanks- normally I sit too far forward (from doing hunters lol) so I am actually ok with you telling me I was too far back :)
        10-13-2009, 05:16 AM
    It looks to me like you are coming along well.
    There are a couple of things that I might suggest though.

    When riding one handed the tendency to have one shoulder forward is quite strong and the pictures show that you are leaning with your left shoulder just a bit.
    Some people have a little more problem with this because their arm is not as long and they want to place it in front of the horn.
    As you rotate your shoulders you also rotate your lower body a bit and that can effect other parts of the ride.
    Maybe a touch more leg on one side or a bit more pressure in one stirrup etc.

    At first it helps to place you OTHER arm next to your left arm and square up your shoulders and then drop it back but keep your shoulders square.

    Good luck.
        10-13-2009, 11:26 AM
    ^thanks! Ill remember that :)
        10-13-2009, 11:51 AM
    KC, he's a beauty! I'm partial to buckskins! Your tack complements him. May I ask what type and maker of your headstall?

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