Your pal Leo likes to make sure you're sitting down and sure you want to do this. When he goes he's got a cute jump. Years from now you'll thank him, because I never once saw you actually get ahead of the motion.
thanks, catie! it's funny you say that about the motion, because on another forum, with a different horse, they told me I was jumping ahead consistently? That was last winter though, maybe i've actually gotten better.
I would sell my right stirrup to have heels like yours. Seriously. Now don't stick your toes out. Your leg will be so much more effective if you point them forward so you can really wrap your legs around him.
haha thanks! I have a theory about my toes. I used to ride with my toes sticking completely straight forward. Then I was having...I think it was maybe knee pain at that point (some joint is always hurting, i lose track lol) so I tried riding with my toe out *just* a little. It felt better, so it just kind of evolved to...that. I'll definitely try and work on that the next time I ride.
Because, by gumbo, you need it. I could see most of the stops two strides out. At least he's not dirty about it, but he's one you need to ride right to the base every time. No leaning, no anticipating, no second thoughts or questions, and you need to sit up, shoulders back, and complete confidence. Just leg, leg, leg, drive him up and over.
Be your own personal cheerleader. No, really, it works. Because Leo can tell.
yeah, i can feel him stopping too! lol if you turn the sound up, you can hear my old trainer yelling at me to do exactly what you just told me. I'm just kind of insecure on him - he used to be a REALLY dirty stopper, and he terrified me. I refused to ride him for probably 6 months while I rode my safety horse.
Overall you have a nice, soft hand, but I saw extra hand movement, with the contact to his mouth changing around. Nice, steady feel. Leo likes an excuse to misbehave, so don't give him any.
Thanks (: I hate hate HATE the double reins. I don't even know why they put him in the bit he's in. He was fine in the other one...
I do think my hand with him has gotten MUCH better - here's a picture from Septermber of 2008
poor pony, right?