Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Agree with FH. You cannot critique the ridden horse when it is the rider that directly influences.
You need some contact with the bit. Soft hands is fine, but at this age your horse needs to learn what contact is and accept it. You don't need to pull her up and round, but she needs to begin the learnings of half halts rather than having her head placed.
I find it very important with young horses that you go long and low. If she tucks behind the vertical, and you get looser rein contact, ask for more from behind. I know you said you have flu in these pics and I never ride amazingly if I am I'll, but you really can do more with a correct seat and back position.
Dipping behind is not bad, so long as it doesn't become habit. She won't have the top line strength to continuously have a 'correct' outline.
Lots of transition work will help to activate her hind legs so she will become more natural in her head carriage. At this age I prefer to really take things slow in walk and trot rather than stride out, it helps improve the quality and their own strength rather than striding out and having a weak gait.
Also, I understand you need to sell two saddles for the one you need, but if it is too wide, can you not wait?