Horse Riding Position Review – Equitation Tips for beginners
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Horse Riding Position Review – Equitation Tips for beginners

September 4, 2019

today I’m gonna do a position review
from some photographs that somebody sent in to me. So, let’s get started. Hi there
my name is Laura and welcome to another video. If it’s your first time here thank
you so much for being here really appreciate it!
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miss anything. so we’ve got some lovely photos somebody
sent in and we’re going to do a position review so let’s get right to the
computer and get started so we have three lovely photos here. Here’s the
photo number one you see she’s on a Pinto horse.Looks like she’s in a horse
show because she’s got a number on the back. We have another photo here the
final photo three, she’s on a different horse it looks like she’s trotting and
again in a horse show. It’s so fun to see everybody when they’re at their horse show
really great that you’re all going into these training shows so you get
experience going into horse shows. It’s really important that you start out and get
into the horse show ring get your horse used to it get yourself used to being
under a little bit of stress in the horse show it’s it’s a little bit
different environment than going around in your lesson or your own training
program so going to horse shows it’s a really great way to get yourself under
that stressful situation of a horse show GREAT JOB. First thing I noticed was wow
you’re really looking up I really like the way that you’re looking up and
looking up is so important because it gets your whole body in the correct
position not only can you see what’s going on if you’re going over jumps but
the next jump is but also it helps to keep your body aligned. You look at each
one of these photographs and you can see that yeah, you know what? She’s looking up
in each and every photograph. So that’s a great habit that you haveNext thing we
noticed it’s a lower leg position lower leg position with your heels down you
can see in this photograph that, you know what? She does have her heels down that’s
the overall first impression head up- eyes up looking where you’re going weight come
down into your heels but if you look at a position generally, overall, you can see
that we’d like to see a straight line ear – shoulder – hip – heel and this is not
being done you can see that in this photograph that there is a straight line
ear shoulder hip but our heel is out in front of her usually when the heel so in
front of you like that we call that a chair seat and before you can correct
the chair seat you have to make sure that one the saddle fits you properly
and to that the saddle fits the horse properly sometimes saddles are a little
bit down near the back or the cantle of the saddle and that puts you
automatically in a chair position so check to make sure that the saddle fits
you properly and it fits your horse properly. The seat, the middle of the
saddle, should be the lowest part not the back or the near the cantle of the
saddle. To help with the chair seat after you’ve decided whether or not the saddle
fits properly, you can put your seat closer to the front of the saddle and
that’s what we’d like to see here is that your seat should be more to the
front of the saddle rather than near the back or the cantle
of the saddle. Right now you can see in this photo that your knee caps the bones
are pointing forward and we’d like to see your knee and your front of your
thigh stretching down more so that your kneecap or the front of your knee is
pointing more downward rather than forward first thing I would just suggest
is to push your heels down more and not push your heels down & forward. Most
people when they think of pushing their heels down they push their heels down
and forward to the horses elbows. Think of pushing your heels down and
stretching your whole thigh down. Allow your knee to come down more and think of
stretching the top of your thigh and pointing your kneecap, or knee bone, down
to the ground will help get your lower leg underneath you more. So, I drew a
little line on this photograph here where you can see where I’d like to see
your kneecap and if you look at this the green line there it was from your hip to
your knee to your ankle and stretches your leg down and think of
pushing your kneecap down and stretching the weight down into your heels rather
than forcing- you’re gripping with your knees and your thighs on the top of the
horse the red lines here is a straight line from the top of your thigh
and extending out and you can see where your kneecap would be pointing straight
ahead and then the green line is the extension of your thigh is if you were
in the correct position with your leg down and around the horse and you can
see that the green lines pointing more down towards the ground rather than
straight out. What I did was I took this picture and I just isolated you from the
top of the horse so you could see if you looked like you were in balance even
though the horse wasn’t underneath you so think of taking the horse out from
underneath you would you land in balance on the ground let’s take a look so if you saw this person standing do
you think that they would be able to keep standing like that and what does
this person have to do to remain in balance even though she’s not on a horse
so you put your back on that horse take you off the horse put you on the horse
again you see that the horse is keeping you from falling down and if you think
about that when you’re riding think that you know someone took that horse up from
underneath you would you be able to be in balance with yourself on the ground
in this pic… in this what do you think yes or no? I think no! I think that she
would fall directly onto her bum so to help with that think of stretching your
leg down keeping your body upright your body appears to be in pretty good
balance it’s just that your leg is stuck out in front of you you have a chair
position going on there so you need to keep yourself in balance with the horse
this photograph shows that yeah your back is straight and flat but it’s
almost hyper-extended and concave you’d like to see it’s straighter and when you
concave your back that way it puts your hips out of balance so that your hips
are but going back against the horse but we’d like to see is like to see that
your hips being in line with the horse you are twisting your upper body so if
you take a good look at this photograph it looks like your right shoulder is
back further than your left shoulder slightly so when you’re riding keep your
shoulders square with the horses shoulder so you can stay in balance with
your horse as well looks like you have a lovely soft arm and like the way your
arm hangs down from your shoulder to your elbow and then your elbows bent
softly with a straight line elbow hand horse’s mouth that’s very nice and soft
looks like your horse has a pack more on excellent checking the other photographs
that you seen it looks like your arm is consistently soft hanging naturally down
from your shoulders to your elbows and then bending naturally at your elbows
towards the horse’s mouth with a soft hand and here’s a little closer look at
your hand position your hands are trying to be soft by keeping your hand your
fingers open around the reins even though your fingers are secured around
the reins that can’t your hands can be soft even though they are secured around
the reins keep your fingers close so you can have the steady even elastic contact
with the horse’s mouth or in this case the hackmore
so where are some exercises that you can do to help with your riding position do
you have any favorite exercises that you like to do to help with your riding
position what’s your favorite exercise put it in the comments below make sure
that your saddle fits you properly and your saddle fits the horse properly
looks like you’re forcing yourself to the back of the saddle good exercise to
prevent that from happening is to ride without stirrups Jersey it’s a very
insecure position and often times riders will fall back into the cell because
they lose their balance or they even hold onto the horse’s mouth to keep
their balance from falling backwards so keeping your leg underneath you is very
important to keep yourself stable and keep yourself in balance exercises you
can do number one is riding your two points and really stretch your legs down
pointing your kneecaps towards the ground this kind of opens up your hip
angle and lets the weight go down and around the horse another good exercise
riding without stirrups and doing some exercises at the walk and at the halt
and at the trot if you’d like to have your own position
review done send me an email ThistleRidge at my name is
Laura and if you like to have some ideas on how to improve your riding and
training win more ribbons at your next horsee show or generally like other horsey related stuff then watch these videos there’s lots more to come. Bye now
… Now, go use this stuff, go hug your horse go use this stuff see ya

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