And that realm is called dressage. I've decided to take Rainy into a bit of dressage training, obviously nothing extreme. Just one dressage class in a local show at the end of August. For the next two months, during lessons, that's what we'll work on. However, I'd love to have some input, advice, opinions, and if you think we have even the slightest shot of going somewhere, since English AQHA (/part Throughbred/part suspected Morgan)'s don't do so hot in walk/trot Hunt with Western judges. =P Anyway, what's your opinion of this? Does it sound okay? Please take a look at her riding pictures, even if they aren't the greatest, they are recent. =]
She's conformationally a bit downhill which will make the movements harder for her but certainly not impossible. She seems to be a bit "hollow" through her back and straining her neck in an upright angle. Work on stretching her through your hands and getting her to drive with her rump. You need to work on being "long and low" for the first stages of dressage. Hopefully all that will be covered in your lessons. Good luck and have fun!
I can give you some help cause dressage is my favourite :)
Ok one of the most important things in dressage to me is your lines, cause if your lines arnt good the judges will notice and you will get marked down.
In your first picture your pony looks like his pulling through your hands, this is obvious because your elbows don't have enough of a bend through them. His probably doing this because its hard work for him and so his leaning on your hands. The best way to get your horse on the bit is to tuck your inside leg against the girth and then put pressure on your outside reign. This will engage him through the hindquarters, which will strengthen him and also stop the hollowing that "hotreddun" was talking about. This also should help to stop him sticking his head up.
Also in your second picture careful not to drop your inside hand, because when you do this you make your outside reign useless aswell.
Id also maybe drop your stirrups one hole cause your really look like you need a longer line in your leg.
You have a really nice upright seat though and you should be proud.
Dressage is hard work but it can be really fun and rewarding. I think you could do really well you just need to put in a bit of work.
Thanks for the advice! Yes, Rainy has the tendency to pull hard on the reins. I'm going to ask Laura (my instructor) to take some more pictures at my next lesson when we actually work on dressage. So please come back when I put up more pictures and take a look at them. =]