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post #11 of 23 Old 01-29-2015, 04:36 PM
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Yes, I remembered what you said about hip surgery after the fact and thought that might have an influence on your leg position. I'm sure consistent stretching would help, but it could only be to a point depending on what shape your hips are in post surgery.
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post #12 of 23 Old 01-29-2015, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Tingling, thank you!
I do sometimes allow the reins to be twisted, sometimes I just don't pay attention or I forget lol does allowing that make much of an impact?
And I do normally keep a very soft contact, he does well with it though. I have just started asking for more contact and he is doing well with it but for the most part unless I'm specifically practicing something I let him be :)

I do spend a lot of time riding bareback (which people think I'm crazy for...MIschief bolts sometimes, but honestly im ok with that as long as I stay on!)

And I believe in the first pic I posted I had just raised the stirrup one hole, also the first pic and I think one other is a different saddle, I am much happier with that saddle than the other as it doesn't seem to keep trying to pull my leg forward.

So based on the first pic should I go up one hole from there?
If I understand properly when I do I would just need to keep my leg back with keeping it bent which should help with my heels?

Honestly when I first started riding my husbands boss (who has some Elite mares and scribes and judges) thought I was trying to be a jumper because my heels were SO down! Lol
So perhaps I over corrected too much

And TessaMay, perhaps I will actually start stretching! I did do physical therapy after surgery but my full strength on the one hip never returned and I think a lot of the pain left over and problems is because they cut the IT band (the main tendon) to make it longer....
Really kinda wish I hadn't had the hip surgery, but! I try! Lol :)
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post #13 of 23 Old 01-29-2015, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Tinyliny, sorry but I got autocorrected on your name above
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post #14 of 23 Old 01-29-2015, 05:45 PM
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looking only at this photo:



it looks as if the saddle is a bit too far forward. scooch it back an inch. the stirrup IS too long. your toe is lower than you heel. level is ok, but not LONGER.

yes, twisted reins give a garbled signal. make and keep them straight.

and take care not to allow an inward bend to your wrists. some riders do this and say it is ok, but if it starts getting big, it looks bad and makes your contact with the horses mouth start and end at the wrist. the contact starts from where your elbow and core meet, so it's anchored in you core, and is another reason for keeping a bend in your elbow, and your thumbs on top.
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post #15 of 23 Old 01-29-2015, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I will try out all your tips on sat :)
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post #16 of 23 Old 01-29-2015, 10:53 PM
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You look very good for self taught :)

Get your elbows to your hips (without giving more rein) and get your heels down, and try to get your heel in line with the hip. Usually if you move your thighs out and wiggle a bit you can find that your legs will sit better. Roll your shoulders back. If you make these tiny changes, i can see you having a very good seat :)

Lovely horse too, looks very well trained.
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post #17 of 23 Old 01-29-2015, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Goldilocks :)
I'm like a sponge when I watch things so I just pay attention on many videos and reading articles and autided a clinic once.
I think the advice from tinyliny will help greatly with my leg position (I hope!)

And I will try wiggling in my seat lol!
And I really need to find a way to roll back my shoulders :(
I have WAY to much muscle there so it is very hard and hurts after a while :/

And thank you, I love my boy :) he a perfect Arab fire cracker lol!
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post #18 of 23 Old 01-29-2015, 11:39 PM
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Just do it all the time, its good for general posture. Chin up, stick your boobs out! :)

If your upper arms feel a bit strained they are too far forward, so bring your elbows back. they should not feel anything but the contact.
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post #19 of 23 Old 01-30-2015, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Oh no, arms never feel strained, it's just extremely hard for me to roll my shoulders back.

I grew up as a competitive swimmer so I have an over abundance of muscle on my shoulders, mainly below my neck where it ties to collar bone (think body builders who have too much muscle there so they turn their body instead of neck)

I just don't normally keep full contact on my boy
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post #20 of 23 Old 01-30-2015, 02:04 AM
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you really dont want to stick your boobs out. this is not correct. you want your back to be slightly longer than your front. reason being if you tell people to stick their boobs out, the hollow the lower back and raise the sternum.

instead think about lengthening your back WITHOUT hungching. you can lengthen by dropping your tailbone deeper into the saddle , rather than lifting your head or shoulders.

it's a subject for another post.
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