Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Awww, what a beautiful boy! You both look great together!
I think you look pretty good, my only beef is your hand carraige. It's ok if you want to ride with long reins, but you need to teach yourself to have effective hands,arms, elbows, shoulders.
Pick up your hands, and bring your elbows to your sides. Right now, your elbow angle is much too open for my liking - at this point, you have no where to go. You cannot take, you cannot give, you cannot lift, you cannot support, you cannot ask or be asked - you have nothing.
Teach yourself effective arms.
I have a habit of doing this myself, and I have to constantly remind myself to pick up my hands.
I like to ride with a longer rein myself. I find that I am not only softer, but Nelson is able to open up and move under himself better *and he learns to carry himself and stretch out and lift*
I will have contact with his mouth, reins are not flopping, but they are long - so that's ok if you want a longer rein, just teach yourself to be effective with your hands/wrists/arms/elbows/shoulders.
When you start your ride, before you move into the trot - *I spend 20 minutes at the walk* try to start out with a nice forward, rhytymic walk. Get it to the point where you can feel yourself swing through his strides.
When you get that, start doing circles, and serpentines, figure 8's. Walk around those trot poles, use them as guides if you want. Walk around fences that are set up if there are - use those as guides.
Never stay on a strait line.
Try getting him to reach down when you are at the walk, that way - that back can lift and strengthen.
I think you're looking great :) Scrunched neck and all :)