I definitely have a passion for horses, particularly learning about training and riding. Some might say, ahem, my husband, that I have an insatiable desire to learn. What with all the books, magazines, and AQHA website articles I read I’m growing quite the library. If money were no obstacle, I would have a brilliant trainer who gave me daily lessons as well. However, when you’re on a budget, have children, or have any other life outside of horses, you have to come up with creative tactics to better yourself as a rider.
I had my hubbie shoot a short video and also take some pictures of me riding Hot Rod one evening and I had no idea how efficient my own little lessons would be. I’ve always tried to be conscientious about my position in the saddle; how my heels, hips, and shoulders should align, but until a skilled trainer can tell you you’re correct you’ll never really know. Today that trainer was me. I was appalled at my riding photos. A gasp literally escaped from my mouth. From examining my photos and video I was able to “train” myself on my riding imperfections. Since I’m such a humble person I’m willing to share this photo with you. Just Kidding. The only reason I’m showing this incredibly embarrassing picture is to prove a point and show you how much you can learn from yourself!
Here we go…
What am I doing?! Before you leave a massively long list of corrections in the comment section, just know that I have already made that list. Twice. Okay, maybe three times. I’ll start off with just a few.
- I need to sit squarely-in the middle-of the saddle!
- Turn my toes in.
- Drop my heels.
- Move my hands forward and down.
- Soften my elbows and NO PUPPY PAWS.
- Roll my shoulders back.
This is clearly a short list, and only from ONE picture, mind you. Brad took 117 photos within that hour, so that basically means I have 117 times to humiliate myself. However, if I think positively I have 117 opportunities to better myself as a rider and be my own FREE trainer. Now that sounds like a pretty sweet deal. I will soon post an “after” picture to hopefully show my improvements.