Originally Posted by heymckate
First, your hands need some work. Try bringing your elbows in to your sides, which will help bring your thumbs up and hands in a more correct place.
It also looks like you're pumping your heels with each stride (see how your heels go up and you push them back down each time you rise out of the saddle?). Try to still that lower leg. Keep your heels down, but focus on steady pressure and not shoving them down with each stride. This is hard and will take work--I used to be a serious heel pumper, so I understand. I also think part of the reason you're doing this is that it looks like you're using your stirrups to push yourself out of the saddle at a posting trot. Try to really wrap your lower leg around your horse, and let his movement push you out of the saddle, rather than having to stand in your stirrups to do so.
Are you saying I need to bring my elbows back more? Because if you are than I agree, I've had problems with that.
I've had others comment on another website that I move my feet around a lot, but my instructors and others who have watched me in real life say I have a very nice, sturdy lower leg. I guess it just looks different in the videos.
I understand the impulsion thing-I can feel when he feels slow and draggy, and I have to use my body more to post. But sometimes he has SO much impulsion that it pushes me out of the saddle and makes me want and have to post. I need that more often from him...