Horse Riding Position Review – Equitation Position Corrections

Hi there, my name is Laura welcome to another video today I’m going to do a position review for someone who sent in some photographs. So let’s get started. Hi there My name is Laura and welcome to another video If it’s your first time here remember to hit the subscribe button and the bell icon so you don’t miss any new videos Coming up today We’re going to do a position review and these photos are from Nancy Thank You Nancy for taking the time to sending in these photographs. They are so great They’re from the side and I can clearly see what’s happening with your position. If you’d like to have your own position review done Send me an email thistle Ridge at Put “position review” in the subject line And I will do a position review for you these photos Clearly show to me what is going on with this person’s riding and we’re gonna go over that right now And I’m going to reflect on what it is that the judge is looking for in the equitation class so some of the things that we’d like to see some of the things we don’t like to see and please remember these are just a snapshot It’s just a moment in time of what it is that riders doing what the judges are looking for and what the judge likes to See in equitation class. Let’s say Saying one of the first things that the judge looks for is the writer having their eyes up and you can see in this photograph Here that the rider has their eyes up and is looking forward to the next jump looking forward to whatever it is that’s coming up next and Really important to keep your eyes up your head up your head balanced up there properly Because that helps get you a flat back and you can see this writer here is a beautiful flat back as well a Couple other things that the judge looks for when you’re in equitation class number one a nice release important to have a good release because that allows the horse to stretch forward and round through its head and neck and back so it Can use itself properly another thing that judge likes to see and really kind of has a checkbox that they check off is The rider has their heels down So for me the two things that I look for right away is one Rider has two heels down. If you don’t have your heels down first thing you come into the horse show ring I don’t look at you. Again. The other thing is that the rider has their head out. This rider has both of those things This person were going in an equitation class these are the things that the judge would mark her down for one of the big thing is That her shoulders are way over top of the horses shoulders and what the judge would like to see is a straight line shoulder nito And if you have your shoulders well ahead of the horse that just puts you in a little bit of an off-balance situation you can see here in this photograph that the rider’s Shoulders are well ahead of her body and her base of support. This means that she’s not really in balance should keep your weight over top of your base of support and that means having your Shoulders over top of your knees over top of your toe I put a green line here to show you where that should be And if you bring this rider back So our seat is closer to the saddle that will help to get her shoulders correctly over where they should be Stick around because I’ve got some exercises at the end that you can do to help correct this position also, I have some exercises right here that you can do off your horse if you want to practice when you’re at home one of the things I like to think of is if you took that horse out away from up from underneath the rider what would happen? But they land in balance on their feet or what they tip over take a look at this rider What do you think is going to happen if you took that horse out from underneath her? It looks like you’re standing up in your stirrups one thing you can do right away to help you with that is put your stirrups up a hole or two holes the rule of Thumb when you’re writing on the flat is the top of the strip tread should hit the bottom of your ankle bone And when you’re riding over fences think of adjusting it by putting it up a couple of holes So the top of the stirrup tread hits the top of your ankle bone That’s a good rule of thumb to use when you’re adjusting your stirrups adjusting your strips a little bit shorter helps to make your hip knee ankle angle a Little bit closer close the angle a little bit more So your seat goes back to the back of the saddle and your knee can act and act as a shock absorber Rather than standing up and bringing your seat over top of the pommel of the saddle. This is a lovely photograph of Nancy It looks like she’s had a horse show It’s a really nice photograph But you can see even here that her shoulders are well over the top of the horses shoulders and you’d like to have her shoulders More over top of her knees so that she stays in balance with herself rather than loading The horses front end and making it difficult for him to come off the ground here are some exercises that you can do so that you can improve your riding and stay with your horse a little bit more the First thing I’d like to do is one is to join your stirrups a whole do exercises off the ground that will help Strengthen your legs and strengthen the balance that you should have when you’re on top of your horse Some exercises that you can do to help improve your writing will include writing in you to point position That’s a really good exercise to strengthen your muscles that you need for writing and also to help you Get and establish your balance that you need for when you go over to off your fences right in your to point down alongside the regular rising trot on the short sides of the ring and Incorporate your two point into your regular writing You can do two point over trot rails To point down alongside and start with one hand Put your reins in one hand put the other hand behind your back so that you can feel how your back is moving when you’re into point and Help to open up your chest to keep your shoulders back That’s another really good exercise So here’s a comment. I’d like to make about this jump. That’s generally speaking I noticed that there are jump cups in the stant jump standards that don’t have poles in them If you’re going to be jumping make sure that you remove the jump cups That aren’t being used these look like metal jump cups If you’re riding and you want to do some jumping just take the jump cups off it’s a safety issue if the horse stumbled fall tripped and you Came off You were gonna hit one of those jump cups or if you’re not perfectly in the middle air at the side the horse runs out or Refuses your horse could catch one of those Jim cups as well. Just remove the jump cups before you start your ride It’s a safety thing Hi there My name is Laura now going to use this stuff go hug your horse and we’ll see you later in the next video Thanks now. Bye Here’s a tip your elbows shouldn’t go below the horse’s neck But we like this photo because she’s got a release her heels are down but her legs are loose. We like to keep her Weight down into your feet without her lower leg swinging back. She’s pinching with her knee so let’s get your lower leg more secure on the horse by putting your stirrups up a hole and That’s all so relax your knee so that you can get the weight down into your heel If you have your seat closer to the saddle That will help open up your body more and allow your hands to become an effete or release position when your shoulders become right over top of your hands it you have a tendency to Curl your body up our people have a tendency to curl their body up You want to keep the seat closer to the saddle open up and have your hands releasing out in front of you more? Rather than bringing your hands. Your shoulders – your hands are curling your body

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