Originally Posted by azarni
You have a nice arm - your upper arm hangs parallel to your body, and you usually have a straight line from elbow to bit, except when she ducks her head too low.
What really bothers me the most is that you have tilted your head back. I suppose it's more of an esthetic issue, but just dropping your chin a bit would make a huge difference!
I think ImagineThat covered the rest pretty well.
Thanks for your input. I am going to work on the head thing. I never noticed it until show pics so I'm thinking it's a nerves thing. I'm going to dig and see if I can find home pics and see if it's like that in those.
I am super happy about your compliment on my line from the bit to elbow. I have read a lot about that and I try to keep it that way. Some people tell me to shorten or move the hands, which I have tried to bring up some, but then you get disconnect. Also, I'm not sure of your current riding disciplines but although the saddle is the same some of the open show flat classes call for different seating/rein carriage, but I agree about my head.
She is heavy on the forehand but is getting better. Her "bum" is finally getting built up after some hill work and corrective shoeing and she is starting to rock back. I had only had her for about 8 months at this point and the first 3 were spent getting some weight on her and taking care of some health problems.
Thanks for your advice and for being nice about it.