Originally Posted by Weezilla
Hi again! I must give you huge props for your bravery in posting your vids for strangers to critique. What a true commitment to your chosen sport!
Wow, he is a cutie pie! My first impression is that you have lovely posture, and looong legs! As far as your size, I'm also a woman of substance, and it didnt stop me from showing at Gladstone and Devon.
But maybe your saddle isn't doing you any favors, causing you to sit in a bit of a chair seat, with your legs more forward than what would be most ideal and effective, and causing you to land more heavily in the saddle than what is ideal. ( now you'll say that you're a longtime chairseater, and this is the best you've felt...ok, we can work with that too!) How do you think Cinny goes in this saddle?
Barring needing a new saddle, try to sit more on your seatbones than your buttocks, and at the halt, pull your leg away from your horse's side by grabbing the back of your thighs (hamstring) and pulling out and away, getting your knees to face forwards, thus getting your leg more underneath you. Also, a seat riser might help you sit more balanced, as long as it doesn't mess up the saddle fit.
Agree with this :) Your leg is a little too far forward (just a little), but enough to put you off balance and not giving you an independant seat and you look squashed into the saddle which might be a bit far forward.
I would also suggest that you need to learn a soft consistent and gentle contact and then your horse will soften into a lovely outline, he looks like he has a very soft mouth and any unsteadiness will result in a reaction in his head. Once you have an independant seat then your hands can be still and you can work on a gentle contact.
I also think such a dusty environment wont be helping him keep his head still.
(...and please don't take offense but please wear a helmet