A friend of mine at the barn is going through a tough time with her confidence. She feels like her equitation has totally gone out-of-whack and she has no idea what to do. Our trainer kind of gave up on everyone and honestly has no idea what to tell her. I've tried to help her out and give her a few suggestions, but I figured if I posted a video of her, maybe I could get a few tips from the masses to share with her!
Just a little background on her:
Her horse is a 19 year old saint. He's just an awesome horse. She's had him for about 5 years now and she's done decently well on him. She used to do so well in the equitation, until god knows what happened to her confidence. She got a call-back in the youth equitation over fences at the AQHYA world championship show in 2010 and ended up 14th out of about 92 kids.
My advice to her (let me know if you agree with me or not) was to have a shorter reign, and a longer arm. Especially when she sits so it doesn't look like she's just perched on top of her horse. Also, I told her to bring her leg more forward so it doesn't slide back and to keep her entire lower leg around her horse's stomach. She is very floppy... I honestly don't know what to tell her about that.
What do y'all think? Please no harsh or rude comments. Thanks everyone!