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post #1 of 6 Old 09-25-2015, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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opinions on my position?

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-27-2015, 12:32 PM
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Look up, bring your legs more under you. There should be a straight line from ear, shoulder, hip, heel. Your shoulders need to be brought back and sit up a little straighter. I love the straight line from your elbow to the bit.

You may want to drive the horse more forward and lengthen your rein or arm a bit: notice the broken line of the neck (how it "breaks" into an upside down V shape) and hollowed back.

I might be wrong but your saddle may be too forward? Don't take my word for it..

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-27-2015, 01:07 PM
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LoveTheSaddlebreds said basically what I would tell you.
I'll add though, think about rolling your shoulders back and bringing your eyes up (you don't need to look at your horse, you can feel what he's doing). Try to achieve a 'proud' posture, like every horse you ride is a world champion that you are proud to be on!

You look great though!
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-27-2015, 02:31 PM
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If you are riding a forward seat, then it ought to look like this (click on the pictures to enlarge them):

The guy on the right, although he was a two time gold medalist in dressage



Or this (compare your photo with the top one):





If you want a good primer on the forward riding position, try Harry Chamberlin's Riding and Schooling Horses. He wrote the final US Cavalry manual, was an Olympic medalist and team captain. HIs advice on getting seated:



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post #5 of 6 Old 09-27-2015, 10:52 PM
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I think the saddle looks too small for you. it appears you are sitting too far back kon the cantle.

your upper body position is lovely, and I like the way your upper arm falls straight down, and your lower arm is aligned with the rein to bit.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-30-2015, 10:24 PM
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Maybe it's the photo, but it looks like your saddle is too small. If it's too small you might be uncomfortable which is why your legs aren't under you.

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