We just got our internet speed updated here at m;y house. It used to take ice ages to view videos and now it is reasonable. We are still way behind most peoples' tech capabilities, and I am married to a computer nerd. Go figure.
I have nothing negative to say. I only want to say that you look confident, happy and that with practice, you're achieving what you want to. I think it's so hard to get going past a gate or get to the point where the horse is doing exactly what you want it to where you ask for it. Stick at it...
It's really not a very good video, but I can't expect much when I ride alone in the rather poorly lit indoor xD
I will also attach some photos to have a crack at. I notice a case of puppy paws in one shot...These are from the same day as the initial video. The last one on a different shot is from during a lesson.
The third shot is the best, and the one of you at your lesson, which is very good.
You have a very good way of connecting your upper body to the saddle and your seat bones. I can see that you are right on them, and when you sit up, I see the potential for a very good rider.
Yes, you need to roll your forearm over to get those thumbs on top (and by the way the reason for thumbs on top is exactly that; to cause the forearm to roll over, whcih brings your elbow into correct alignment and close to your body where it belongs) And that was my next thing. You need to bring your elbow in and closer to the body. You will need to take enough contact that the horse gives a little bit in the jaw and poll and then ask him to step up and under with his hind end. This might sound vague. It's hard to find concrete , specific ways of putting something that is a matter of feel into words.
On the black your horse leg is draping down much better and not so turned. On your horse, it looks like you might be gripping with the back of your calf. Maybe that's a hunter thing, but not in dressage. You will want to work on keeping your legs open and letting them fall down ward all the way to the ankle
Try riding without stirrups for a bit, then just lifting your toe and popping your forefoot into the stirrup.
You're posting higher than necesary but it's not the end of the world.
Look at those pictures; the third one at the canter, and you on the black. Can you feel now how it felt then to be in that position? Those are the best of the ones you offer. Seek toward them and beyond.
I never used to have puppy paws it must be a recent habit...*cringes at thought of what instructor would say...*
I have been riding him bareback for the last couple months. I have been practicing half seat and posting...which took a while to convince me was actually possible...I suppose that should help quit a bit? I have a few more pictures of bareback but they might not be of much help. Not sure, you people do surprise me though. These are more recent/ october-ish. Sorry for the overload of pictures!
I'll just add one more thing. Close your fingers. As you start to ask for more contact, you want those fingers closed, otherwise your horse can't get a true feel for your hand and usually won't soften into the bridle. I have this problem all the time. My brain says open hands mean soft hands, wrong. Soft hands come from an elastic elbow, which you will really start developing as you bring it closer to your body and rotate your thumbs up. If you were a hunter, the leg movement would bother me, as a dressage rider, you want a little more movement to go with the horse, and be loose so you can use the aids fully.