I wrote there a few times before, but never actually got some critique.... And the photos were bad for critisizing :)
But now I have better photos, so I finally get some critique :)
Liza is 10 years old pony cross, until 7 years old not ridden in style kick=go, pull the reins=stop. Running cluelessly through every field and meadow. She was very blunt in her mouth. When I decided to work with her (I just rode her for half a year, just trying to brake her in the field..... no more work with her.... stupid 16 yo girl ), I rode on a very very light contact, mostly no contact at all, I switched bits to the plastic 1joint snaffle (from 1joint Dring for stopping "bad" horse-sorry, I am not english, I don't know the phrases). 2 or 3 years of riding with no more contact than neccesary-to renew her mouth... Now we can trot on a field with free reins, she is absolutely responsible both outside on trails and in the arena. We are starting to work in canter in arena, she doesnt have much balance yet... I am a beginner too... But we have a trainer now finally... (We had a few, but they wanted me to "pull the reins, tighten the noseband, she will lower her head"... that was all, and I didnt like it)...
I must say I do not regret not using the contact for two years, she has a new mouth completely, feels everything. But, she sometimes gets her head very high, I am nit the best rider with best hands andd she really feels everything. But we are both trying our best.
I try to lounge and sometimes to ride on gogue (like walk, trot free, than 10 minutes gogue, then without, then 10 minutes gogue etc, not 1 hour tightened in gogue). I ususallly put gogue on her and I take the noseband off, to see if she were uncomfortable with it. But she doesnt fight it, so I guess she is fine with it.
To her comfo:
I know she is downhill(?)-she has her butt taller than whithers. A little bit, but still.
I know she has big head
I guess she has a little bit "sideways rotated pelvis"-she looks like that when she stands and she also has more problems while turning and rotating under the saddle on the pposite side. But we are training the "worse side" more.
And she has got the fly rug eczema, it was very bad last year, this year it is very nic, we just got off few inches of mane, whole tail is OK, belly too.
To my high hands on some pics-that was an advice from my trainer, and Liza goes very well on that, better than with lower hands, which I was riding her with for two years when I got now trainer.