Was that all in one lesson? That's a lot of leg yielding in one lesson. Did you mix that up with some changes of gait, some letting him walk on a loose rein, riding on the buckle?
I think that you have some real natural talent in riding and seem to catch on very quickly. YOu have good side to side balance and don't collapse to one side , as so many people do (raises hand to be counted). you do get the chicken wings and as time went on you started haveing more and more of a downward cant to your hands and upper body which encourages the horse to run more and more on his forehand. But then last video he was really draggin his feet in the sand and starting to plow onto his forehand.
I think that is in large part to wearing the training fork. I would be out of that as soon as possible. Sky seems worried a bit as to where to keep his head and he loses focus and impulsion from his hind by being too focussed on his head.
I would break up the leg yield work with somthing that demands pure , energetic forward, because the horse will dull out otherwise. The leg yeild will deaden, so you must refressh "forward!" frequently.
I think you might, just might , consider lowering your stirrup one hole. I might be wrong on that, but you have your ankle and foot kind of jammed down and foot angled out in a way that is more fitting for hunter/jumper style riding.
Lastly, do you ever do work without stirrups in lessons?
just me being blunt, as usual.
Caroline I always always look forward to critiques from you!!
Yes, this is one lesson. 30 minutes long so there's a good deal missing.
I agree about the training fork. I'm a bad student and ride without it during the week, then slap it on for lessons hehe.. but no my trainer insists Sky needs it. But I've been working on him without it EVEN the canter (the 1st time I did it without help), and he was great!
I agree that it was a loooot of leg yields and it was frying me and Sky. I even complained that it was very hard without impulsion. So as soon as we went trotting, which he was SO happy about, and did leg yields he was wonderful. Nothing against my trainer, I adore her, but she really pounds!
I snatched up any moment to ride on the buckle but my trainer really really wants us round and engaged the whole time. In my own time, we take breaks often and he gets a nice loose rein or "no hand" rein at the walk and trot.
I agree about dropping a hole, I'm going to try and see if it will help me keep my right stirrup better. I also noticed my legs kept creeping up out of position.
Noooo no no, have never tried no stirrup work on Sky. I've considered riding with one stirrup (my left) and letting my right foot be free, but I don't know if that's safe. I do no stirrup walking but anything beyond that, my seat isn't secure enough I'd freak him out since I swear he is the horsey equivalent of a perfectionist..
It would help if I could go stirrupless on the lungeline with an oh-sh strap just incase. I'm trying to make one with what I've got on hand. Course I have no problem buying one.
Hope I answered all the questions you have!