Examples of common position mistakes - Straight arms

  • Straight arms block the horse therefore the horse becomes inverted.

  • This stops the horse’s natural gait.

  • This means they lose their rhythm and suppleness.

  • They are unable to engage their hind legs correctly and step through from behind

  • If your arms are straight you will be tight across the chest and shoulders

  • This will follow through down your back therefore causing restriction in your seat

  • To correct this Sit tall and relax but still use your core, keep your weight equal in your stirrups.

  • Make sure your reins are the correct length for you to be able to keep elasticity in your elbows to follow the movement of the horse.

  • And your hands should be just in front of the wither (by your neck strap if you are wearing one)