Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
What I see - is a rider who is focused on a false headset, instead of riding the horse correctly.
I see you really stiff in your hands/elbows/shoulders - resulting in a rider holding onto the horses face, forcing this false headset or "collection"
The horse is stiff, on the muscle, compacted and just held there - in this fake frame.
You ask for collection by riding Seat into legs into Hands. Not Hands first.
He was trying to evade by going behind the verticle.
He looks really miserable in the canter pictures.
Get rid of the idea of a "headset" and start rethinking about True Collection and Engagement.
You cannot go around holding your horses face - because it creates negative results. Horse stiff, horse on the muscle, horse tense. Not being allowed to move forward and under themselves, not being able to build and blanace by using the correct muscles.
You need to learn how to ride seat first. Your seat activates the back end. Riding on all 3 points *2 seat bones and crotch* with a strait lower back - allowing core to be effective. Engaging the back end - because that is where it all comes from.
Then your legs - your legs aid your seat by taking over and continueing with the energy you created through your seat. Your legs must not only keep the rhythm you created, but also aid in lifting your horses back/ribs - because now, your horses topline can work.
Energy, recycles into outside rein. By keeping soft, supple contact through your outside rein, this allows that energy you created to recycle back thorugh, instead of gushing out your horses front end. Also, proper hand carraige aids your horse to be lifted up and off of their forehand.
Right now - your horse is stiff, on the muscle, on his forehand. Not using himself correct. Not being able to move forward and under himself. Instead he is compacted in due to rider trying to get this incorrect headset.
Allow your horse to work correctly - and then, and only then, will a proper headset come into factor.
It is all said and done with words on a computer screen, that is why you need a good coach to beable to teach you this correctly.
Aside from that, your seat is nice - I like that it is on all 3 points. And I like that you are looking up and ahead of yourself.
Also, another thing I see - is that you grip with your knees allot. You cannot have a functional seat, when you don't have a functional lower leg. Open your knees up, allow your heels to absorb your bodies weight and allow your inner calf to be effective.
The moment you grip and pinch with your knees, you block that flow - not permitting energy and weight to flow down into your lower leg and heel.
Your lower leg has to be effective, so that your seat can be. Your seat has to be effective, so that your upper body can be effective. Your upper body has to be effective, so that your elbows and hands can be effective...so on and so forth.
Chain reaction - you loose one link in the chain, you disrubt the rest.
Again, you need to find a coach who will beable to work on this with you :)
All the best!