Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: with my room mates
Well you need to loosen that tie down for starters as he is completely bracing himself against it. You also need to move it up about 4" as it is sitting way too low on his nose. You also look like you are riding with too much contact with that bit and hanging on his mouth. I would suggest switching to a snaffle, especially if he is a greener horse. You also need to correct your "puppy paw" hands and thread the rein up over your pinkie under your three fingers and over your thumb. Riding with "puppy paws" often create harsh hands. You also tend to look down, you need to look up and this will straighten up your back. Your leg should be a bit more back and more in-line with the rest of your body. Your toes should be pointing straight forward, not slanting outward. With your toes slanting outwards you heel is constantly on your horse. You also need to get the stirrup more onto the ball of your foot as your stirrup is resting too far back. With the stirrup resting so far back you cannot stretch down your heel to really settle your weight in your saddle.
Your horse appears very base narrow in the front end. He also appeard to toe out in all four feet, especially the backs. He seems to have a weak topline, which could be remedied if you got him collected and got him to stop bracing with his head up. He seems to be camped out in the hind end but that could just be the pictures. He is also camped under in the front end but again, that could just be the pictures or the way he is standing. He also has a very straight shoulder with a neck that ties in very high. I would think he would look better and tie in smoother all around with proper muscling.