Wow, the one in the snow is just gorgeous!
Gentle angle is good and as well your goal is to have everything in good proportion with you and with your horse both at a halt and in motion. Your trainer (aka videographer) can help with that. So much depends on being pleasing to the eye - the judge's eye, that is - this will be a work of art in project. And because you are truly an artist and intimately acquainted with line, design and color, you won't have trouble with this, only tweaking for perfection.FYI the rider on the bay illustrates why longer reins were invented for SS riders. By leaning forward perhaps thinking to save her horse's mouth, she is making herself uncomfortable and perhaps making her horse's back somewhat uncomfortable too (not to mention placing herself physically in a position where if the horse moves abruptly in any direction or startles she might spin right off her pommels). While this may be just a "snapshot in time" I do see a lot of this leaning forward to accommodate too-short reins.Remember that basic medal equitation test (in all three seats --think days gone by in AHSA-- which was dropping the reins and picking them up again? It's funny but new SS riders need to practice this at first to "re-calibrate" their hand-feel and visuals as to length of rein for appropriate contact because the presence of that upper leg in front of you rather than beneath you changes everything in how your perceptions work. Sorry - even boring myself here....
Julie,Actually, the straight line is appropriate for saddle seat as well. It is only different if you are doing period. The difference is that the boot is covered in saddle seat and it isn't in hunt seat.
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