Recorded this ride today to assess a potential lameness issue in my horse and realised I would like some feedback on my own self. Please mute your computers as my men bicker and add commentary that's for my own amusement, the Wonderful Turds.
It's been well over a year since my last lesson, which was geared more toward the training of my horse. I don't feel that coach really worked on me at all. I did have some feedback from a dressage friend recently that included bringing my shoulders back and engaging my core, not collapsing my chest.
Cue osteopathic session and my shoulders are back in place! I think my horse had more pep because of my entire-body adjustment, actually.
Looking at this video, I'd say I'm still tipping forward quite a bit at times, need to really connect my seat & core, trust my wonky lower back! Am I also seeing some breaking at my wrists? I have the horrible habit of pointing my thumbs at each other, rather than the sky - which would help me roll my shoulders back better, I think.
I also notice that I ride him incorrectly at a couple of points, pulling him where I want rather than pushing. Grrr!
Oh, and it's been well over a year since I've donned the English gear at all. Eeek! Note the western bridle... as it was to be a lameness test, I was too lazy to tackle the kimberwick... and these reins are SO much softer, lol.
Okay. Explanations and excuses outlined, please have at it :