I thought it was high time I put up a pic of me in the saddle!
This is only me schooling in the tiny fenced off area I have at home, so nothing spectacular (not that I do spectacular very well!hehe)
This is me and my 5yr old irish sport horse mare (dutch x tb).
I work her in draw reins very rarely and never hold them tight as to restrict her, they simply encourage her to round and soften so that I can concentrate on geting her stepping under (as she can be slightly down hill in her way of going). Also she is only in them for ten minutes tops!!
Slightly over rounding, its hard to tell whats perfectly vertical when your up there! Hehe -
Her short bouncy canter -
And this is me on my 3yr old hanoverian x tb. He is still pretty green and shows his age quite often (with head tossing and loss of interest) So I keep his lessons varied and constructively short, if that makes sense? Hehe
Nothing so challenging that he can't manage it and gets frustrated over it! Lots of quite hacks etc to let him get into the swing of being a riding horse.
Thinking about listening to me, hehe -
Oh and the obvious...'I can't stand still, im a baby' syndrome that they all get!hehe
One thing though guys.....My hands are nearly always too low! I don't rest them on the horses neck I promise, but I do hold them low and wide. And I can not for the life of me stop!
Ok its all yours, good or bad as long as its constructive.