I believe a double bridle is the term for it...it has two bits...a snaffle and not sure the name of the other one...it's a brigadoon bridle (at least I think that's the correct name for it). I had a lesson from the owner of the horse (not the barn owner...but the barn owner's daughter) and she showed me how to hold the reins...she said to keep contact with both bits and to hold the bottom rein (the one that controls the thick bit....the more severe one) on the duct tape....she put duct tape on the reins a long time ago so she knew where to hold.
Could my legs being far ahead (I did know they were) be caused by the saddle being a size 18 where I take a 15-16? The saddle was way to big but that was the only western saddle left....(too big on me), so I tried to sit in the middle but I kept sliding back in the saddle...so I stayed at the back.
I had just asked for a canter in that one pic where I look like I'm bouncing...at first he does a horrible uneven canter but once he takes 2 steps he gets smooth....not sure at what time she took the picture though
I tried keeping that same upper body position, but it was hard since I was trying to get him to settle down before I asked for a canter
In the second pic I had just cantered, lost my left stirrup and I made him stop so I can get the stirrup and I placed down the reins...so I was regaining my hand position on the reins...at least I think that's what happened...but I will work more on keeping my hands straight and not moving them
With Devon if you release too much...he takes off...I was holding it where my instructor told me too...on the duct tape and I rode him in a lesson and she didn't comment on my hands at all.
To me, in the fourth my heels look really far down...I have weak ankles so at times it's hard for me to keep my ankles down for a long period of time
I think, with the sixth pic you actually meant the 7th picture and with the seventh you actually meant the eighth (i'm guessin)
Yes, Devon does motorcycle turns and I tried before to upright him, but he wouldn't...I'll try again with that with a better saddle...which would hopefully be the right seat size for me hehe
I know my legs need work, they always have and probably always will...and I think my seat my be better if I ride in a smaller western saddle....having a huge western saddle never helps anything...
As for my hands...I'll try using a different bridle next time...I know I was holding the bridle in the right place because the girl marked the reins with duct tape...but maybe she was wrong about the places
Also Devon is really energetic...the more you go the more excitable he gets...like the energizer bunny hehe. That's why I don't lunge him or anything. So you need a fairly firm hand or else he will go really fast.
You'd be surprised....he's not too crazy, but he's super fast...he laps everyone in the arena just with a walk hehe
Devon usually keeps his mouth open...even while lunging, but I do agree at times I was too tight on his mouth...but sometimes I was half halting strongly to get him to slow down
Again I will ride him in his other bridle (not sure what type of bit it is) and see how he does then
No one has ever ridden Devon in an english saddle don't know why, but it might be because of his motorcycle turns and him just wanted to go really fast. I might try it...but I'd more than likely ride him in an AP because the only dressage saddle that's available is one that seems really high in the back, yet low in the front
I will work on everything you all mentioned and will get some photos of me riding Sonny that will show how I'm riding him ;)