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post #1 of 10 Old 06-23-2014, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Critique wanted

I do dressage and jump some and I'm looking for critique on both me and the horses. Any helpful tips? What am I doing wrong? Ratings from 1 to 10 (10 being really good and one being bad) would also help me get an idea.

















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post #2 of 10 Old 06-23-2014, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Are the two first pictures not working?



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post #3 of 10 Old 06-23-2014, 05:22 PM
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I'm not seeing any pictures,

don't cha just love technology? :)

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-23-2014, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not seeing any pictures,

don't cha just love technology? :)
Grr, I see most of the pictures on my computer, but some of them are not showing up.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-24-2014, 03:21 PM
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The first two pictures in your first post are not showing and both pictures in your second post are not showing. :3
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-24-2014, 03:41 PM
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I see 6 or so pictures. are there more?

anyway, the thing that I notice in most of the non-jumping photos is that you are sitting with too much curve in your lower back. it makes your seatbones point backward. they need to point straight down.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-24-2014, 08:41 PM
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On the non-jumping photos, you're a bit far forward. Lengthen your stirrups a bit so your hip can open up and your weight can get deeper in your seatbones. Straighten up your back so you're more upright and can really let your horse feel the cues from your seat.
the jumping ones are a little hard to tell from the angle they're at. You have great lower-leg contact. You're looking up and ahead so nicely. What I can't tell from the angle is whether or not you're jumping ahead. Is your seat over the seat or over the pommel? Should be over the seat. Your position is more clear in the first jumping pic, and it looks good. What I'm calling the first jumping pic is the 3rt attachment from the top. I can't see the first two, so it's the first picture I can see in your opening post. Picture # 3.

I really like the one on the flat in the brown jump saddle - I'm assuming that's hunt seat preparing to jump? Great line from elbow to bit, great shoulder, hip, heel alignment. Horse is relaxed and on the bit.

the one in the red tank top - I'm not sure what you're doing? Why is your upper body leaning back so much? And heels are up? This obviously is not your normal riding position at all, and it would be helpful to know what's going on there. Whatever you're doing, your back should be closer to vertical, and any cue you're giving should be through your seat, not your back, and your weight should be sunk down in your heels to be balanced effectively.

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-24-2014, 11:13 PM
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I can't see all of the pictures, but of the ones I can see...

-Though your leg placement is good, you definitely need to focus on sinking more into your heels.

-In the jumping photos it looks as though you need to bring your shoulders back (while not changing your overall position). But, as someone else mentioned, the angle of the photos makes it kind of difficult to see.

-The angle of your hands should be a touch more vertical, and should be brought just a little closer together.

-Tinyliny critiqued your back perfectly. It is especially apparent in the photo with the reddish/orange shirt.

Overall, not bad! Your horse is really cute <3

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post #9 of 10 Old 06-25-2014, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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On the non-jumping photos, you're a bit far forward. Lengthen your stirrups a bit so your hip can open up and your weight can get deeper in your seatbones. Straighten up your back so you're more upright and can really let your horse feel the cues from your seat.
the jumping ones are a little hard to tell from the angle they're at. You have great lower-leg contact. You're looking up and ahead so nicely. What I can't tell from the angle is whether or not you're jumping ahead. Is your seat over the seat or over the pommel? Should be over the seat. Your position is more clear in the first jumping pic, and it looks good. What I'm calling the first jumping pic is the 3rt attachment from the top. I can't see the first two, so it's the first picture I can see in your opening post. Picture # 3.

I really like the one on the flat in the brown jump saddle - I'm assuming that's hunt seat preparing to jump? Great line from elbow to bit, great shoulder, hip, heel alignment. Horse is relaxed and on the bit.

the one in the red tank top - I'm not sure what you're doing? Why is your upper body leaning back so much? And heels are up? This obviously is not your normal riding position at all, and it would be helpful to know what's going on there. Whatever you're doing, your back should be closer to vertical, and any cue you're giving should be through your seat, not your back, and your weight should be sunk down in your heels to be balanced effectively.
In the other pictures I'm posting but when I have the red shirt on I'm sitting the trot so I'm leaning a little too far back, I know. Also this horse was being really lazy and my heel always comes up when I need to use A LOT of leg :/
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In the other pictures I'm posting but when I have the red shirt on I'm sitting the trot so I'm leaning a little too far back, I know. Also this horse was being really lazy and my heel always comes up when I need to use A LOT of leg :/
Having someone lunge you while bareback (and your hands resting on your thighs, not holding reins) will help correct that. Based on your other riding, I don't think it would take more than a session or two. If you post bareback in the same session, you will be shocked to feel how much more balanced you are and how much more effective your cues are with your heels down.
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