I couldnt see the pis of another rider sorry, as for you- (if you don't mind)
You need to put your heels down and toes in so your leg sits around the horse and doesnt hang off it. And sit back and pull your shoulder blades back almost to the point there grinding together (it hurts at the start) then suck your stomach in to you back. That will get rid of the hollow in your back. If you do all the above while sitting in class or walking places everyday it slowly becomes habbit so fixes your posture naturally. Shorten your contanct. In the first photo Joe is counter flexed because your outside rein is tighter than you inside, there fore will eventually lead to unbalanceing him and make it hard for him to flex correctly. Lift your hands up so your elbows are bent and create a nice L. With that put your thumbs on top, from the look in the photos you have shopping trolley hands. A techinique I sometimes tell people to do is hold a whip/stick in your hand while your rinding, hold it with both hands with thumbs on top it helps getting your hands "up" and thumbs on top. Ride with it a few times a week just to get the feel of how to hold them. Its alot at once and im a bit of a perfectionest but practise makes perfect. You look like a soft rider and you actually listen to advice! And its very obvious you love Joe very much.
:) Good job, with time you only get better!! Did you get him straight from the track?
Its amazing how you knew all that, because my hands are horrible, and everything you said is true.
Yes, my Pop rescued him, he had been sitting in a paddock for 3 years after retiring from racing , so he gave him to me. I've had him fo 1year and 5months, and he has been a handful, but with time and patience I had him doing everything from barrel racing to dressage. There were some really hard days though!
I hope I wasnt to full on, sorry if I was. The above I told you has been built into me since the day I started riding. I was taught to ride pretty. When I find faults I always try and explain tricks to fixing them. I think its all good and well knowing whats wrong but you have to know how to fix it. Hands are always a pain. Heels and hands are the most common problems people forget about them because they know what their supposed to look like they get slack and don't constantly keep there mind on them. Its all multi tasking ;)
In the photo of the 1mtr 5 he still is quite flat he doesnt round over them and doesnt pick himslef over it, but by the looks the girl riding him didnt stride the jump right, he came underneath it to much and put a half a step that wasnt needed in it she probably approached it on an angle and didnt centre it, and personaly she needs more release. So it probably isnt the best photo to judge.
That's so nice, I love OTTB there my favourites, I love there challenge and attitude, and it warms my heart when they find nice homes. Your story with Joe is similar to my boy Karlos he raced for 9yrs and was retired and forgotten about for 2yrs now im re-training him. Do you know if he was raced or just trialed? Do you know what stud he came from?Just remember it will be hard, nothing worth while is easy, that's what makes it worth while. The day it becomes easy is the day you give up. I just realised where not that far apart in age!! :)