Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
A couple of things
- why is the horse in a double bridle? His neck is really muscled on the underside which means he isn't working through his back, and that makes me wonder why he would have a double bridle in his mouth?
- your leg is really far forwards, concentrate on keeping it back underneath of you.
- you are really bouncing out of the saddle when you're cantering, you need to think about sitting deep in your seat and using your butt to ride - it's an aid as well, it's not just something you sit on ;)
You have nice upper body position in the first picture, try and keep that through all the gaits.
- you are rotating your wrists in, which is bringing the bit very far back and making the horse hollow out. Also the curb chain is too long, the curb bit is coming much too far back.
- either the stirrups are too long or you're gripping with your toe, because your heel is coming way up and you're trying to stretch for the stirrup with your toe.
- leg back, leg back, leg back.
- heel down.
- hands need to release the rein... or you need to be in another bit, that double is really doing nothing for that horse.
- too blurry to get much from it, but leg back, heels down, and release that horse's head
- again, you're hanging on that horse's head; you need to ride with the motion of the head; double bridles are very severe.
- leg back and under you.
- shoulders back
- horse is dropping the shoulder and hip around the turn, you need to pick him up with the inside rein and leg, while supporting with your outside aids.
- leg back, heels down
- Since the horse is working kind of in a frame here, the curb should be soft, but it's not - meaning your curb rein should be a bit longer.
- you're not using your seat and are coming really far out of the saddle; you need to sit deep in your seat and ride the canter.
- shoulders back
All in all, your upper body is fairly good, you just need to think of rolling your shoulders back. Your lower leg and seat need some work, but that will come as long as you get on it. You need to develop softer hands, especially with such a strong bit.
Looking good, you just have some things to work on - and hey, who doesn't?? :)
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