06-29-2009, 10:38 AM
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Congratulations! I'm glad you had fun. One thing about the pictures is that you're hollowing out your back quite significantly. I think you may be trying to fix your leaning problem by pushing your shoulders back, when really you should be tipping your pelvis more upright. With an overly hollow back, your back is more susceptible to injury, and you have a lot less strength through your core (as it's harder to use your abs). With your pelvis more upright, you'll be able to really ride up into the contact and use your seat through half halts. Also, lengthen your sternum and stretch it forward and up.
Also, make sure there's a straight line from your elbows to the bit, so your lines of communication are clear. When your lines are crooked you can pick up unnecessary 'static'.
Great job overall! You're both super cute.