Tada! Perfect example of the the chair position. Yep ... there I am with my foot too far out in front of my girth. You will notice that my heel is down, however.
I wish I had one of those onscreen pens that football game announcers use. You know the ones where they draw x's and arrows and cross stuff out? Well I would be drawing a BIG arrow pointing right to that offensive right leg. I remember why I was riding Speedy like this: he was being way too forward and I was trying to brace myself in the saddle by pushing off with my feet.
My upper body position isn't all that bad, though. My shoulders are a bit rounded which means I need to open them up a bit more. My coach will be happy to see that my pinky is actually outside the rein, which rarely happens. I do need to rotate my hands a bit more to the outside and then close my fingers on the reins.
I should mention however, that my body position is pretty typical for an endurance rider. We stay off our horse's backs and mouths. Much of the concussive forces are absorbed though the rider's ankles, knees, and hips, rather than passing them through the horse's withers, back, or loins. We also need our horses to make many of the navigational decisions (left, right, over, under), since the race requires a partnership between the horse and rider. We want our horses thinking about where they're going, and we need to be able to trust them to help us pick out the safest route through technical footing.
Blah, blah, blah ... when will she get over this endurance thing?
Stay with me, I'm getting back to the dressage stuff!
So you have to be wondering why in the world someone would deliberately put bad photos of themselves all over the internet and then INVITE people to gawk at them. I get your concern, I really do. I think that the only way to get better is to figure out what you're doing wrong. After seeing these photos for the first time, I cringed and vowed to improve my endurance seat through dressage.
So now I just need to put all of this together and do it in my dressage saddle! Cha Ching's mom loves the Facebook page, Judge My Ride. This is my Judge My Ride page. Let's hear it!