Omg girlie.. your equitation has improved SO much!!!!!!! You look amazing, your arms are working, your legs are there, your seat is improving.
The only thing is that pony began to throw his head up and try to evade, I would have used inside leg and asked him to come back down to my outside rein.
Watching the second vid now.
Hmm your arms went back to their old habits of not moving with the horse. Were you tense at all? I bet you were with all those other riders in the arena.. I would be too. In the other video they were perfect, following the horse and you got beautiful movement. In this video it's very rushed and you aren't following the horse, he's heavy and bracing.
You need to SIT UP, even when you are waiting. No slouching because if that horse takes off (or pony) your balance on the horse isn't that great. When you sit UP, your seat bones are positioned on the horse and you have a greater chance of staying on, AND communicating effectively with your horse (or pony)
He's going too fast, your legs are everywhere and you're being thrown about after jumps.
Slow down tiger, half halts will be beneficial.
Even at 1:35 see how the horse baulks and refuses to move when you're off? He has no respect for you. Which will translate under saddle.
Also I noticed you arch your back, which makes you like a little jack-hammer on the horse's back.. causing him to hollow out too. Be soft and supple and flexible and your horse will be able to reach that too.
Also he walks off without waiting for you to get situated. Since he's a lesson horse, there's not much you can do.. but that isn't a good thing.
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 05-21-2012 at 03:50 AM.