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post #1 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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How am I looking, ways to improve?

Hey guys! I just wanted to ask you how I could improve. I am doing a show in a few weeks and I want my EQ to be perfect so I don't look like a total loon. I don't want hate or rudeness, I have only been riding for a year so I may not be as experienced as you.

I am sorry if these photos are not good enough to critique, they were taken off my Iphone and I thought they were pretty good for Iphone photos.
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post #2 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 04:43 PM
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I think you look really confident and secure!

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post #3 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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I think you look really confident and secure!
Thank you!!! Anyways I could improve? :)
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post #4 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 08:14 PM
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I think you look pretty great! But just a tiny touch that might help bring everything together a bit more would be to bring your shoulders back and down, you're the tiniest bit hunched through your shoulders(and in turn your arms arm slightly, slightly off, looks like your hands might try to tend towards 'puppy paws' when you speed up). So just shoulders back, make sure to bring your elbows back with your shoulders so your arms don't get over-straight. But I agree, you look very confident and comfortable!
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post #5 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 09:05 PM
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I'll have to agree with Asimina (: you're looking very good!!
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post #6 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 09:26 PM
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Asimina hit it on the nose. You're looking wonderful from what can be seen here! A video would be easier for critique, if you could provide one :)

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post #7 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 11:02 PM
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What is that thing on the first picture that looks like a strap from the bridle to the saddle, right under the mane? Just wondering? :P

I tell you what is fixing my hands really quick. My trainer has my horse in a Myler Snaffle bit, and she showed me how turning my hand twists that side of the bit, and how he reacts to it. Ever since she showed me that, I'm so painfully aware of my hands. Thumbs up or I feel like a big meanie.

You look really great! I'm really new too, so I can't give you any advice :P You look like a total pro to me. Do you have half chaps? I can't imagine riding without mine anymore.
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post #8 of 19 Old 11-26-2014, 11:09 PM
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Other than bringing your shoulders a back bit, there is nothing else you need to fix as far as I can see :)

MaximasMommy, I believe those are used if the saddle slips back, or if the horse pulls his head down. Ive seen it used for both, but Im not sure if that's the intended use.

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post #9 of 19 Old 11-27-2014, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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Asimina hit it on the nose. You're looking wonderful from what can be seen here! A video would be easier for critique, if you could provide one :)
I can't do a video, I have a good one, but my laptop won't let me upload it :( plus its a .MOV video so it's not good for uploading anyway...
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post #10 of 19 Old 11-27-2014, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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What is that thing on the first picture that looks like a strap from the bridle to the saddle, right under the mane? Just wondering? :P
I'm not entirely sure. I think it's to stop him eating or putting his head down when we trot because I remember when he didn't have it and he put his head down while trotting and I literally just slid off the front and Beano skidded round me xP
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