Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
I agree with the others that you need to have your thumbs up, not only on top but think of giving a half thumbs up (its hard to explain without showing you!) The end of your thumb should rest on the middle knuckle of your index finger. Also, bend your elbows and think of putting the weight in your elbows, this will help when he gets heavy on the bit, and keep your hands soft.
In a lot of the pics he doesnt look like he is using himself that well (its hard for a horse to carry themselves and takes a while for them to build up the muscle- im not saying he is trailing, just he has some room for some improvement :)) Think of driving him forward, DO NOT worry about his headset, he will naturally come round when he is able to carry himself.
To help him do this, make sure that you are engaging your keagle muscles (bottom ab muscles, also the ones you use to hole your pee in :P) this will help him to engage his and carry himself better.
You have a wonderful seat, and i absolutely love the third pic where he is stretching down, and you can see his back coming up.
Good luck in the future, he looks like a great ride!