Critique on Nichole's Posting / Rising Trot
Part 3 of 3
the riders position
Green denotes the would be change to be in balance
White dots are areas which are focus points or
This photo is a much better photo than the
previous. Nichole is looking ahead with a horizontal head . Red line
and green line coincide.
The ear shoulder and hip is far better than the
other photo position. The air in between the saddle and the buttocks
looks as if Nichole is standing to post instead of rolling forward with the
thigh to just clear the pommel.
The red line of the elbow and hand is much closer
to the elbow to bit of the green line. One thing I can not determine
is the hand position itself.
The first thing I thought of when I saw the shot
of Nichole's foot was that she was told "heels down". When a
rider does this heels down it not only stiffens the muscles and body but
also pushes you off the saddle as if you were standing. Accomplishing
communication with the horse via the seat and thigh (gentle and slight communication)
would be virtually impossible. The green line would be a natural heel
position with relaxed muscles. Not contracted or exerted. A heel that
is relaxed slightly below horizontal with the balls of the feet resting on
the stirrups / irons.
Nichole's lower leg is the opposite
of the previous leg position where it was behind the vertical
alignment. The white dot is her ankle bone and the green dot would be
more of an alignment and balance. If we took the horse out from
under her she has a much better chance of staying up right. Over all this
photo is much better than the previous.