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I decided to create this thread for anyone who is brave enough to confess their riding errors, whether it be a bad position, or bad habits on horse back, etc. You choose. :grin:

I don't know if there is such a thread already. If there is, forgive me and just let me know, then I will delete it.

Don't be shy! We all know we have faults...just let it out! :wink:
 

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Where to start. My worst habit is when I ride with long stirrups I tend to let my calves grip too strong and my feet inch there way out of the stirrups. So long story shot is I end up losing one stirrup. So I always put my stirrups a few holes shorter when my trainer isn't looking and she always yells saying "WHY DO YOU HAVE THOSE JOCKEY LEGS".
 

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Mine is HEELS!!! And hands over jumps, and lately Iv found it hard to sit to Love Story's canter
 

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My worst habit is that for some reason I only curl my finger tips around the reins. I should have my whole finger around them. I end up not having as great of contact with the bit as I should. I tink I built up this bad habit when I was working on softness and suppleness because my horse was kind of hard-mouthed when she started training.
 

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LOL. I also have a problem with keeping my feet in the stirrups...simply because I don't put enough weight in them. :mrgreen:

Okay...let me get started on mine....

- when I jump, my lower legs slide back
- I hold my hands a little too low
- I work too much with my hands and not enough with my seat
- when going into a canter, I look down to see if my horse is striking off onto the correct lead
- sometimes when I'm expecting a big jump, I rise too much out of the saddle
- when trying to slow Night Heat down when jumping, I don't always give the correct release

I can't think of any more right now, but when they come to my head, I will post them. LOL

If you want, you are welcome to post any of your horse's faults as well. (face it, even though we love our horses so much and think they are perfect already, there is always some kind of fault with them) LOL
 

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Oh yes! Another one is that I don't hold my reins securely in my hands. Instead I hold them very loosely, and that caught up with me the other day by resulting in a blister... :lol:
 

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Another one of mine is that my feet slip deeper into the stirrups, and when I try to fix them, I end up jabbing the horses sides, resulting in a VERY fast canter haha
 

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i have horrible position. every time i ride i realize that if i just ride perfectly my mare will go perfectly, i dont know why its so hard =P
 

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My problem is that I fart alot when I ride. I try to let it out when Nelson rips one, but sometimes it doesn't always work out.

I wonder why people never want to ride with me, but the pieces are now starting to fit together as to why.

:p
 

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oh boy where to start:

- I have puppy dog/piano hands
- My hands tend to be too hard
- My release needs major work at times
- My lower leg needs to be under me
- I need to stop pulling back before jumps. Ginisee and Uma are angels about it and never fuss about it but Demi throws a conniption fit
- Stop jumping ahead!!!!
- Sit up, back straight!


those are just some of them :)
 

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MIEventer: LOL. That must have taken a huge amount of courage to admit that one! Well done! :lol:
 

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ROFL!

You know, it sucks when I let one rip and it scares the bajeebers out of Nelson! I am surprised that my saddle is still strong and hearty from all the air force.

I'm just joking around!

Seriously -

I have issues, my biggest right now is that I am out of shape and condition from Nelson being on stall rest since the beginning of Jan.

Now that we are back to work - I have many flaws.

- drop my shoulders
- don't use my core
- look down and stare at Nelson's head for some unknown reason

I have no leg muscles, no nothing.
 

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ROFL!
- drop my shoulders

- look down and stare at Nelson's head for some unknown reason
These are my two biggest flaws. My biggest looking down at my horse.....drives me nuts. I think it comes from years of breaking horses....I always felt I needed to look down to see what they were doing/going to do. Instead of relaying on feel.

I have gotten better, but still catch myslef every once and awhile:evil:
 

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My biggest one is learning to influence my horse with my seat. Some days it's awesome, and we click so well, and other days I can't seem to get it right. The other is starting to use my core more when riding. I'd also like to learn to finesse my cues, and cue exactly when I need to, not before or after. Basically I just need to tighten up loose ends. The basics are there, now it's nitpicking time.

I guess right now I need to keep working on myself, finding out how what I do influences how my horse is going, etc.
 

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i have 2 problems.. i use the reins more than the seat and my feet always slip when I trot lol
 

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One thing that is impossible for me to fix is my stiff arms/elbows, and my hands bounce around :[ any suggestions?
 

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It is due to me not being in the saddle in a months time due to the medical issues my horse went through.

When our lessons pick up, and I sure I'll be whipped back into shape - I hopa.

It does suck though doesn't it!

This is the most recent video of me riding Nelson after coming back from his injury.

YouTube- Nelson coming back from injury
MIEventer, What a long beautiful neck and body your horse has! :)
 

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Let's see...
I overjump
I get left behind
Sometimes I pull on Roger too hard
I let Roger get into dangerous situations
I ride in the wet parts of the ring I really shouldn't ride in
I get too nervous and let Buster take advantage of me
I give up on my horses
I don't take behavioral problems seriously enough
I lean forward
My leg slips back when I jump
I get nervous too easily
...the list goes on.
 

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My biggest one is learning to influence my horse with my seat. Some days it's awesome, and we click so well, and other days I can't seem to get it right. The other is starting to use my core more when riding. I'd also like to learn to finesse my cues, and cue exactly when I need to, not before or after. Basically I just need to tighten up loose ends. The basics are there, now it's nitpicking time.

I guess right now I need to keep working on myself, finding out how what I do influences how my horse is going, etc.
That's exactly what I'd also like to do. Well said. :grin:
 
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