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        05-21-2010, 05:38 AM
    need to be perfect! or close to it

    There is a horse camp coming up in july and... I like to show off and try to be the best even when i'm not and I really really need to get good at western i've gotten good at english but western is harder to me so I need to work hard on western riding anywaaaay could you tell me wats wrong with me in this pic?
    Idk how to just make the pic show up so heres the link - 228.JPG

    And I know I have tennis shoes on I haven't rode in awhile I out grew my boots
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        05-21-2010, 10:50 AM
    It's hard to tell from this angle, but it looks like your upper body is crooked. Your right shoulder looks lower and behind your left. And it's possible that your feet are a tiny bit too forward, but again, the angle of the picture is not the best to judge that. You would have much better luck posting a video in the critique forum.
        05-21-2010, 11:08 AM
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    Sit up straighter (shoulders are crooked and you are a might slouched). Drop your stirrups another hole and pull your legs back just a bit.

    Otherwise you look cute... Oh, and get some boots.
        05-21-2010, 11:36 AM
    Green Broke
    In my area, they like to see you hold your reins in the left hand with the reins down loose over the horses right shoulder. Right arm straight down at your side in a relaxed manner. Your hand holding the reins should be thumb up (like you are holding an ice cream cone).

    Sit up straighter and your legs looks a little forward (which may be what's causint you to hunch and look a bit off balance)...put them a little more under you and shift your weight back a bit more so you can put it into your heels (takes practice to get used to it but you will know when you've hit that point). Something that a trainer had me do years ago that helped with english and western is to do heel lifts on a step. Find a step or stair with a hand rail for balance. Stand on it with the ball of your foot (like you would a stirrup) and put your weight into your heels so that they stretch down as far as they can possibly go. Then SLOWLY raise up on tip toe, and SLOWLY go back down. It not only give you great riding heels, it teaches you to keep your weight in that heel without sliding out of your stirrup.

    Your face looks like you were concentrating a bit hard...which you probably were. It helps if you try to relax a little. It's Western pleasure so above all just try to relax and have fun with it. In my experience a lot of judges prefer a relaxed rider with slight imperfection to a stressed out, cranky looking, perfect rider.
        05-21-2010, 12:16 PM
    To me, western or english should have a similar position. You know the routine...heels down, eyes up. Straight line from the shoulder. When you lower your stirrups, your leg should come back under you naturally.
        05-21-2010, 02:18 PM
    Sit up straighter, definitely. And drop those reins with the other hand. In a lot of western competitions you can only ride with one hand and the other hand is tucked up by your body. And also, move those feet back a bit. I think that will come naturally after you straighten up though. And I can't tell if you have your eyes on your horse's ears or what's ahead of you. You should keep your eyes up, if you were lookin' at the ears. ;D
        05-21-2010, 02:27 PM
    Oh, I thought you were carrying something else in that hand. If you are holding your reins with your "free" hand, stop. SorrelHorse is absolutely right. You can and will get DQ'ed unless you are using rommel reins. (That is what they're called right? I'm having a brain freeze.)
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        05-21-2010, 04:28 PM
    Thx you guys I think I might go riding today and try all this n.n thanks for the rein help too that's what I waz most confused about i'm not good with that and i'll try not to slouch any more n.n and all the others things lets just hope I can remember them all thanks lots
        05-21-2010, 08:47 PM
    Your sitting sideways and you need to collect your horse and well 2 months won't get a nice collected horse.
        05-21-2010, 09:58 PM
    Tuck your elbows in, sit straighter, don't lean, pull your shoulders back and get some BOOTS!

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