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        02-18-2013, 08:03 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
    I was totally miserable, but I did win!!
         
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        02-18-2013, 08:11 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    *sigh*

    The dreaded "chair leg". I fight it constantly. I think this was the best I ever got with bringing my leg under me:




    I did a lot of dressage, but I did more jumping, and jumpers need their legs to be a slightly more forward than the typical dressage position.

    If you're not trying to win a beauty contest, ride the way you want.

    However, the reason for the "proper" position isn't just because of balance. I have seen a lot of people who have their leg back, but the rest of their body is teeter-tottering and unbalanced. The leg should be back because this is the general area we use for our aids. Or theoretically, the "proper" area that our leg aids should be used for.

    It helps us move the barrel of the horse and control the hind end when our leg is back where its supposed to be. Leg position is equally important in reiners, especially since the majority of their direction comes from the seat and leg aids. Are there rules about position for reiners? Not really. But its a bonus if your leg is back where its supposed to be so you can communicate with your horse directly instead of having to swing it back everytime you need to say something.

    7 years later and I look like this:



    Dreaded chair leg. Maybe one day I'll overcome it. But it probably won't be today. Tomorrow doesn't look good either.
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        02-18-2013, 08:21 PM
      #33
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    I'll post a few of me. I noticed my legs moved forward as well and I think I've actually dropped my stirrups a hole since these were taken. As you can see, I could still put my shoulders back some and sit up straighter. I think my lower leg could come back some and my heels could stand to go down a little but... it's sort of there....

    I could probably suck in my tummy as well....
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        02-19-2013, 06:56 AM
      #34
    Yearling
    It depends on what discipline under the category you are doing....but I'm in the centered/balanced seat camp. I ride WP and HMS but when I'm doing Hunt Seat and Dressage...I still maintain the same position in all of them. Here is me and my horse below and even in this pic...my leg could come back a tad further FROM THE HIP, but my seat is not "chair". My seat bones are centered over my horse in the saddle.

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        02-19-2013, 08:03 AM
      #35
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by GotaDunQH    
    It depends on what discipline under the category you are doing....but I'm in the centered/balanced seat camp. I ride WP and HMS but when I'm doing Hunt Seat and Dressage...I still maintain the same position in all of them. Here is me and my horse below and even in this pic...my leg could come back a tad further FROM THE HIP, but my seat is not "chair". My seat bones are centered over my horse in the saddle.

    Beautiful position! Also a great example of how a proper seat will encourage the horse to carry itself properly.
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        02-19-2013, 10:23 AM
      #36
    Yearling
    ^ thanks!
         
        02-19-2013, 11:26 AM
      #37
    Yearling
    Well, you all really got me to thinking on this one. I went back and looked at what few pictures I have of me riding and looked at my leg and holy cow. LoL I have little to no bend in my leg at ALL. :-/ My stirrups look like they could go up another 3-4 notches. :-/ I don't like stirrups though. But Ima make the hubby get outside and take some pictures of me riding so I can see how funky looking I really look. Hehe.....gee...wish I had never looked at those pictures now.
         
        02-19-2013, 12:00 PM
      #38
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
    Well, you all really got me to thinking on this one. I went back and looked at what few pictures I have of me riding and looked at my leg and holy cow. LoL I have little to no bend in my leg at ALL. :-/ My stirrups look like they could go up another 3-4 notches. :-/ I don't like stirrups though. But Ima make the hubby get outside and take some pictures of me riding so I can see how funky looking I really look. Hehe.....gee...wish I had never looked at those pictures now.
    Long stirrups are okay, but you need to keep your leg under you. In your avatar your leg is pitched forward as you are sitting to far back. Almost like you are in a recliner.

    So you need to pull yourself up, lift from your core, pull your shoulders back and leg under you so you are just sitting on your seat bone.

    Ideally there should be a straight line(GotaDunQH i'm borrowing your picture, sorry!) shoulders, hip, heel. In GotaDun's picture as she has already pointed out her leg could come back under her a bit more, but its from her hip.

    Dressage riders ride fairly long. I need to go longer but I have gotten stuck in the hunter land of keeping my stirrups one length and they work for my flat and over fences. I have been getting better at fixing this. My flat stirrups the iron touches my ankle bone. So I am long, but have just enough to encourage me to keep my leg under me through the hips. Some people will say that your toe should line up with your knee. Which is where the bend at your hip comes from.

    If I am clear as mud please let me know and I will try and explain better lol.
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        02-19-2013, 12:06 PM
      #39
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NBEventer    
    Long stirrups are okay, but you need to keep your leg under you. In your avatar your leg is pitched forward as you are sitting to far back. Almost like you are in a recliner.

    So you need to pull yourself up, lift from your core, pull your shoulders back and leg under you so you are just sitting on your seat bone.

    Ideally there should be a straight line(GotaDunQH i'm borrowing your picture, sorry!) shoulders, hip, heel. In GotaDun's picture as she has already pointed out her leg could come back under her a bit more, but its from her hip.

    Dressage riders ride fairly long. I need to go longer but I have gotten stuck in the hunter land of keeping my stirrups one length and they work for my flat and over fences. I have been getting better at fixing this. My flat stirrups the iron touches my ankle bone. So I am long, but have just enough to encourage me to keep my leg under me through the hips. Some people will say that your toe should line up with your knee. Which is where the bend at your hip comes from.

    If I am clear as mud please let me know and I will try and explain better lol.
    Exactly....and this is where people can run into trouble, by just bringing the leg back from the knee down. The WHOLE leg needs to be placed a little further back.
         
        02-19-2013, 12:06 PM
      #40
    Trained





    Darn beginners!
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