Equitation Tips – Horse Equitation Riding Position Review

Equitation Tips – Horse Equitation Riding Position Review


today I’m going to do a position review
from a photograph that someone sent in to me. So let’s get started. If it’s your
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um Maya or Mia I’m not quite sure how she
pronounces her name and I’m gonna show you the picture and I want you to tell
me what your first impression is of this writing if you just what’s your first
impression when you take a look at this photograph
Mine was Wow way to go! Looks like you’re in a horse show, You’re beautifully turned
out, you’ve got a lovely jacket breeches boots. Your horses braided and the mane
tail is braided nicely.Beautiful photograph. It looks like a really
professional photograph. He’s moving nicely and it’s a really nice photo
Excellent job! so what’s your first impression of this and and think of it
as if you’re in a horse show and the judge sees you for the first time it’s
their first look at you what would you think of this really well put together
it looks like they have a plan looks like they’ve been practicing they spent
some time on turnout and they look fantastic Wow your eyes are up looking
forward excellent with your eyes and when you keep your eyes up like that
helps keep your head which weighs about 10 to 15 pounds, in line with your body and
balanced correctly in your riding position. If you’re not looking up that’s
ten pounds that’s out of place and your horse has to carry that. They notice that
so after you look at your eyes up you’re thinking oh wow look at her heels heels
are down they’re down nicely I’d like to see a little bit more weight in your
heels and your heels push down just a little bit more but it’s a lovely leg
position and then we look at straight line ear at shoulder hip heel you it
looks like you’re riding in perfect balance with your horse
moving the horse forward nicely now it’s hard to really comment on your riding
only because that’s just a brief second of yourriding just a snapshot a
moment and if your trot it could be a sitting trot and maybe it’s a posting
posting trot the sitting part of your rising trot if you understand what I
mean, that she’s sitting on the correct diagonal. This moment you’re in
perfect balance with your horse it looks really good I thought I’d just dig a
little bit deeper in your position and when I look at your leg position it’s a
lovely leg position you have a straight line ear shoulder hip and heel but it
looks like you’re pinching with your knees a little bit and that’s preventing
your heels from really coming down and the weight coming right down into your
heels so you’d like to have your weight down into your heels more without
pinching with your knees to do this exercise a really good exercise to do to
help get the weight down into your heels is a two point position or jumping type
position this lets the weight come off your seat off your knees and right into
your heel so you can balance over top of your horse in a balance but just from
looking at this photograph you look a little bit mechanical by mechanical I
mean it’s you’re sitting up your eyes are up your heels are down your hands
are in the correct position and you’re not allowing you’re holding yourself in
this position and not allowing them to yourself to feel the horse and feel the
horse move you as well generally speaking what a beautiful position thank
you so much for sending in this photo so one of the important things that we look
at is the rider staying in balance with the horse and you know you’ve got a
lovely straight line ear shoulder hip heel you just and this is the foundation
for you to make sure that you are sitting in the correct position sitting
in balance so that if we took that horse out from underneath you you would still
be able to land on the ground in balance without your horse so it’s important
that you’re in balance on top of your horse and important that you’re in
balance even without your horse so if we took this horse away from out underneath
you you would be in balance and land on your feet and be in balance with
yourself and really important to have a great communication with your horse you
should have a straight line elbow han horse’s mouth and here
you can see that there’s a lovely straight line elbow han horse’s mouth
giving you a good elastic contact with the horse I’m being really picky here
but trying to keep the strip right on the ball of your foot looks like it
slipped back a bit keep the outer branch of the stirrup iron right next to your
baby toe and the inner branch of the stirrup iron on the ball of your foot so
it’s kind of at an angle on your foot you can see it this picture here have I
highlighted that you’re pinching slightly with your knee it could be that
you’re doing the rising trot or posting trot but you’re still pinching with your
knee a little bit and that’s restricting the amount of weight that’s coming down
into your heels relax your knee let the weight come right down to your heels and
that’ll give you a really secure lower leg position keep you secure on top of
that horse if you’re looking for exercises that you can do in your next
writing session take a look at these videos right here excellent exercises
that you can do when you’re going to your next riding session ok let’s talk a
little bit about your horse what a lovely kind horse he looks like he’s
moving forward nicely just trekking up like to see him just going a little bit
more for it so he is fully tracking up and I’m highlighted his legs here so
that you can see you can see that he’s using himself nicely and the angle of
his legs his front legs it’s the same angle on his back legs and that means
that he’s using his front legs and his back legs nicely we would like to have
him stepping up a little bit more underneath him so his hind leg is
stepping up underneath the seat your seat and your center of weight like to
see him tracking up a little bit more and that means his hind leg is stepping
into the hoofprint that his front foot has made you can see he’s just barely
tracking up like to see moving a little bit more forward so he’s using his hind
legs a little bit more but it certainly gives a lovely picture of the horse
moving forward for me I like to see his head at least
level with his withers I’ve highlighted that here you can see that if I draw a
line from his withers straight on the horizontal that his head is pole is
slightly below his withers for me I like to see his head just a little bit higher
so that he’s not so heavy on his front end it looks like he’s carrying himself
nicely but I personally like to have the horse’s head at least at the wither
height my name is Laura – if you like to win more ribbons at your next horse show
improve your riding and training or generally like other horse you related
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