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post #1 of 8 Old 08-26-2014, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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For the Fun of it...

I sold my beautiful first and only pony, Leia, a couple years ago before starting college and haven't really ridden much since. Off and on - yes, but consistently? No. But I was looking through pictures and found this gem! Critique us both if you'd like, I'm really just showing off how pretty she is. Oh gosh I miss her more than words :*( She's 12 now, I'd had her since she was a wee babe.. 14.2 saddlebred cross. Not much for hunters, but she could blow everyone out of the water in jumpers :)


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post #2 of 8 Old 08-26-2014, 02:19 PM
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She's adorable <3

Overall, she's got a cute jump. Her knees hang a bit, but it's nothing terrible by any means.

The rider (OP?) is a bit slouchy, and I would suggest bringing your shoulders back a bit.

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-26-2014, 10:03 PM
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She's SO cute!! What a perfect little jumper! I like both of your positions a lot. I can't really tell, she may have overjumped that quite a bit, but you managed it well as a rider. Love it!
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What an adorable pony! She looks really willing and enthusiastic. :) Your position is great. The only (little) things I see are that your shoulders are slouched forward a bit and you could give her a tad more release. But besides that, great job to both of you! You should definitely get back into riding! Good luck! :)

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Yea the one thing that always seems to haunt me is my shoulder slouch.. I have a bit of a slouch normally (that I've been working FOREVER on correcting) but as you can see it is a recurring thing:







I REALLY want to get back into riding, but financially it's not doable (that's why I sold her). But I have a deal with my trainer right now, I'm gonna draw the barn logo and portraits of her dog and horse and she's gonna give me lessons in return. :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-27-2014, 12:22 PM
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You mare is adorable!! Is the new owner showing her? Hope so.
If you want to correct your slouch I would suggest taking some dance lessons. Ballet is terrific, but tap is loads of fun and you warm up as in ballet, which will teach you to stand with perfect posture. I took lessons many years ago, but I correct myself all of the time when I am sitting, like now, working on a computer, and this will be your benefit, too.
Colleges and universities have classes. Most Bachelor programs expect you to take a Phys Ed class and will accept dance to satisfy that requirement--something to consider. =D
Let us know if you get any summer opportunities to ride, too, in the future! There are always opportunities to help train bc waaayyyy too many people buy and horse that is beyond their abilities, but wouldn't be beyond yours.

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You mare is adorable!! Is the new owner showing her? Hope so.
If you want to correct your slouch I would suggest taking some dance lessons. Ballet is terrific, but tap is loads of fun and you warm up as in ballet, which will teach you to stand with perfect posture. I took lessons many years ago, but I correct myself all of the time when I am sitting, like now, working on a computer, and this will be your benefit, too.
Colleges and universities have classes. Most Bachelor programs expect you to take a Phys Ed class and will accept dance to satisfy that requirement--something to consider. =D
Let us know if you get any summer opportunities to ride, too, in the future!
She lives at the same place I boarded her which is nice, so I can see her often. (I've had opportunities to take lessons on her, but refused because I know I'll cry lol) She gets shown by a 12 year old girl who loves her and does very well on her. She's very choosie, I think she's a one person horse, but they get along very well together.

I will have to think about that, but I can't dance to save my life!! haha
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Ha, Ha!! Adult ballet or tap or hip hop isn't about becoming a great dancer, it's about learning balance and strength through flexibility. I'm pretty sure that if you can ride, you can do this kind of dancing, too. You won't be dancing with any partners, like you do in Ballroom dancing. You will have a one hour class, and (for ballet and tap), everybody learns to stretch, first, then everyone stretches before the class, the first 20 minutes are worked at the barre, then you review past lessons for the next 20 minutes, then work on new things for the rest of the lesson. I based my riding lessons on this format, except I put in walking cool for the last 10 minutes, bc I wanted my riding students to practice a useful way to work their (future) horse.

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