Originally Posted by BaileyJo
Thank you for the feedback. It is so humbling to put these videos out there but the feedback is so great!
I've got a question about gripping with the legs. Is it like I am giving her a bearhug with my legs all the way from top to bottom? Not squeeze hard but grip throughout the entire leg?
I could only see that your lower leg was gripping on the outside of the circle. I don't know if you were gripping all around. I think you want your thigh to have some compression to it, but your lower leg should just do more than drape on the horse, and allow the heel to be kind of "weighted" downward. It is so very , very common to grip up at the canter. It often results in losing the stirrup. For a while, I would consistently lose my right stirrup at the canter. It is my strong leg, so I was gripping like a leech there. I am much better now, but still struggle with the impulse to grip with the lower leg, which makes the heel come up.
Just because I can see what you may need to do, does not mean that I can actually do it better! I am honest about it that I have some of the same issues. I will be the first to admit that I need a lot of work in riding, especially at the canter. But, I can really see the shoulder thing, and since another poster saw it, I think that gives it validity.
It is hard to post yourself for critique. I have one , somewhere, and I canter a wee bit on the video. I cringe when I see it, mostly cause my "evil twin" (that's what I call my gynormous belly that posts all by itself), is stealing the show!