Horse Riding Position Review – Equitation tips for English Riders
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Horse Riding Position Review – Equitation tips for English Riders

October 13, 2019


Hi there today I’m going to do position
review from photographs that someone has 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
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new videos coming out. Today I’ve got some pictures that someone sent in to me
Sydney thank you so much, Sydney for sending in these photographs and I’ve
been getting a lot of requests to do some position reviews and if you would
like to have your own position review done then send in some photos to ThistleRidge @ hotmail.com and I’ll get right to it. Thank you so much Sydney for
sending in these photographs. She’s sending three lovely photos. Here they
are and we’re gonna have to do this on the computer. Here’s the first photograph you can see that looks like she’s in a kind of a show situation a really good it’s always great to see
that people are taking the time, taking the opportunity, to go to these training
shows, so that you can get some experience in the show. Another
photograph that she sent in and the third photograph that she’s sent in. thank you so much and you can see that
they’re really good they’re from the side so I can see your leg position and
they’re all over jumps so thank you so much. Now, what I did was as I got them a
little bit, made them a little bit bigger so I could see them and let’s take this
first photograph she’s looking up you can see here in
this photograph that Sydney’s looking out looking forward looking to our next
job it’s really important when you’re riding just like riding a bike or
driving a car that you look up look forward and look straight ahead it’s not
only important for safety so that you could see what’s going on and where are
you going but also it helps to keep you in balance and it helps the horse
understand where it is you going and if you take the time right now to look and
just shift your weight and look to another direction look left in the other
and really concentrate you can feel how that shifts your weight in the seat that
you’re sitting in in the car that you’re driving or it in and the bicycle that
you’re riding on and the horse can feel that shift of weight of your head and
that’s another reason why it’s so important that you look up and look
where you’re going because that Telegraph’s to the horse where you’re
going looking out looking forward is really important great job looking
forward also when you’re riding looking out looking forward also helps to keep
the rest of your body in balance this means that if you look down and pulls
your head down and forward it pulls your shoulders forward into a rounded
position and puts more weight onto the horse’s shoulders you want to make sure
your head is up looking forward to keep your balance in the saddle properly
great job keeping your eyes up would also like to draw your attention to
Sidney’s hands on the reins and honor horse’s neck really lovely position love
the way that you have your hands securely on the horse’s neck so that
you’re not getting left behind and also I love seeing the loop and your rein and
this shows that you know what you have got a really lovely release you’re not
interfering with the horse and that’s something that’s very important if you
interfere with the horse that’s been to make the horse jump not in a very good
fashion it’s going to be hollow through as look but there was back and start
hanging his legs and if you continue to interfere with your horse overtop of the
jumps by pulling on back on the reins and not allowing him to stretch his head
and neck he’s gonna start to stop not going over jumps he’s gonna start
refusing great job with the release love that you can see the reins are looped in
he looks really happy going forward over his jumps we also can see here that
Sydney has her heels down great job putting your heels down Sydney you have
your heels down but unfortunately it looks like you’re pinching with your
knee and your entire lower leg has slipped back heels are down but it looks
like your whole leg is slipped back so this is one of the major things that we
see with your position is your leg asleep back and you’re pinching with
your knee tipping forward with your upper body you’re gonna have to keep
your upper body more over the center of the saddle rather than having the seat
of your pants over the pommel of the saddle think of keeping the seat of your
seat of your pants over the seat of this saddle seat of your pants over the seat
of the saddle say that 10 times real fast here we just put an arrow where it
looked to me that where your weight was it looks like your
weight is over top of this front of the saddle over top of the horses Withers
rather than down around the horse’s body and down into your heels having a secure
lower leg with the weight coming down into your heels is going to keep you
under that saddle if you pinch with your knees
what’s going to happen is what you see here is that your seat is gonna come
more over the prom all of the saddle and your leg is gonna slip back pinching
with your knee is going to make your lower leg swing back because you’re
tipping forward and when your body upper body goes forward your leg is going to
swing backwards and that’s what this I have this here you can see you’re like
you swung back your the upper body’s going forward putting more weight onto
the horses withers and you lower like slipping back between an unbalanced
position and makes the horse work a little bit
harder because he’s got to lift your weight as well as his only through his
shoulders if you’re over top of the center of gravity of the horse which is
just around where your knee is keeping your seat closer to the saddle closer to
the seat of the saddle and closing your hip angle like crouching in the south
that will help get your body in line with the energy of the horse so that you
can stay with the horse better if you look at the other photographs that she
sent it’s pretty much in the same position great photos by the way because
they’re all at the same time in the sequence of your horses jump so we can
analyze each picture the same way because it’s at the same time of the
phase of the jump so most people would say well our heels aren’t down let’s
just put our you stirrups up well that’s one thing you can do but the big thing
you have to do is close your hip angle and get our seat closer to the saddle
and think of pushing your bum more towards the back of the saddle so that
your seat is more over the middle of the saddle I’d like to have your seat closer
to the middle of the saddle so your seat is over top of the seat of the saddle
rather than over top of the pommel of the saddle so the red line is the
shoulder hip knee ankle so shoulder hip knees one angle hip knee ankle is
another angle and then I took what I did was I took those lines so I took the
length of the line from the shoulder to the hip and I just moved it back and
this and the angle from the and the line from the hip to the knee and then move
that back and so I thought well this is where your seat should be
so if you can imagine moving your shoulders back and your hip more towards
the back of the saddle how that will close that hip angle so you’d be in
balance with divorce and not standing over top of the pommel of the side and I
took the rider and popped her off of her horse and then I just put her horse and
made it look like it’s doing a bigger jump and and you can see that if I put
her horse at a higher jump it looks like she’s in better balance because the
horses it puts her in better balance when she’s over top of the horse so for
you to be in balance with your horse over top of this jump you have to make
your seat closer to the back of the saddle over top of the seat of the
saddle rather than over the pommel of the saddle and I got some exercises for
you didn’t when I dadís I took Sidney and I just kind of repositioned so that
she is more in balance with her horse so again I took her off that horse I didn’t
change her position at all I just took her off that horse and then I was able
to rotate her a little bit so that she was in more imbalance with the horse and
you can see here I’ve just brought her shoulders up a little bit more and moved
her more towards the back of the saddle and if you look closely you can see
there’s where her leg was but I just kind of tipped her back and to me this
looks more like she’s better in balance with her horse her seat is more in the
middle of the saddle rather than launching yourself up or toes and then
to onto her knees so what do you think about that to me
that looks better you know subtle difference but you can
see the difference of how much this one looks like she’s perching on her knees
and on her toes and onto the horse’s neck if you like to get some more
position Corrections take a look at these videos right here lots of videos
there that you can watch so how are you gonna fix the really good exercises that
you can do to help keep yourself balanced overtop of your horse and this
is one of my favorite exercises is to point position and it’s called two point
position by the way some people don’t know this is because your left leg is in
contact with the horse and your right leg is in contact with the horse your
regular riding position is called three-point position because there’s
three points of contact left leg right leg and your seat so practice your
two-point position at the walk at the trot and even at the halt and when you
do your two-point you don’t need to rise out of the saddle so that you’re
standing up out of the stirrup we don’t want to interfere with the horse yeah
that’s true we don’t want to interfere with the horse but what we do want to do
is stay in balance with the horse and we only need to rise up out of the saddle
just enough so the crotch of our Passard just clearing the saddles just so the
crotch of your pants are brushing on the saddle so the way just down into your
stirrups and your seat is just hovering over top of the saddle you don’t need to
stand up with your seat over top of the palm of the saddle cuz that just opens
up your hip angle too much you want to think of it as the rising part of the
rising trot where you’re just hovering over top of the saddle and the weight is
pushed down into your legs practice this exercise and I call this the up up-down
exercise standing your start for two beats down in the saddle for one up
up up down up up down and that is one of my favorite exercises to do so that you
can stay in balance with your horse. When you go on your two-point take a look do
you have a straight line shoulder knee toe when you go on your two-point you
have a straight line shoulder knee toe that was one way one checkmark that you
can do to see make sure that you were just in balance with your horse prevent
your lower leg from slipping back to do this when you go in your to point think
of pushing your heel down forward relax your knee let the weight come around
into your calf and into your stirrup not pinching with your knee when you pinch
with your knee and you tip forward your leg is just automatically gonna swing
back before you even get started let’s make sure that your saddles fitting you
and fitting your horse sometimes saddles are and fit in correctly and it forces
you into that chair seats you have to pinch with your knees so make sure your
saddle is fitting properly as well when you go near to point make sure you’re
bending at your hips that you’re bringing your shoulders closer to your
knees and you’re sticking your bum out towards the back of the saddle if you
just lean forward to stay with your horse you put the weight onto your knee
and onto your stirrup and onto your toes we want the weight to be kept into the
center of the saddle keep your weight Center in the saddle and let the weight
come down through your leg even grip throughout your entire leg
when into the heels make sure that your stirrup is the correct length how do you
tell if your stirrup just to the correct length when you take your foot out of
the stirrup the top of the stirrup tread should hit the bottom of your ankle bone
now when you’re jumping top the strip tread should hit the top of your ankle
bone this is particularly important that you adjust your strip for your own body
type depending on your body type you may have to adjust it a little bit one way
or the other here’s a professional tip that I
recommend that you do on a regular basis switch your stirrup leathers from left
side to right side you know we mount from the left-hand side of the horse
right so that means every time you get on you’re putting extra weight on to
that stirrup even if you’re mounting from a mounting block that stirrup
leathers gonna stretch a little bit more than the other one so at the beginning
of every month the switz whap over your stirrup leathers so that they stretch
evenly this avoids those uneven stirrup leather holes and punching holes in
between already made hole one of the hardest exercises you can do
is to point at the walk lift your seat off at the horses back by pushing the
weight down into your feet without pushing heels down and forwards or down
them back keep your legs still and just raise up your seat out of the saddle
so the crotch of your pants is just brushing the saddle a little bit another
really good exercise is a two point position at the trot and trot over poles
there’s one of another one of my favorite exercises to keep your leg
still and balanced and secure around the horse my name is Laura and if you’d like
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